We are not off the grid, not by a mile. But sometimes I dream of a bluegrass life with banjos, no shoes, all homegrown food, lots of campfires. I would probably learn to knit. Of course, as I’m writing this I am listening to the sound of the beloved washing machine clean things for me. My dreams only extend so far. And, who would make the wine? That would be a real problem. Seems like a lot of work, making wine.
I’m off track.
My point is, that thanks to the Okee Dokee Brothers the boys are also pretty into songs about camping and playing banjoes. (Parents, do yourself a favor, and buy their album Can You Canoe….it’s pleasant and nice even for grown-up ears. There is one song that makes me cry. Every. Time.) So, banjo-love is something we share in this house. That inspired the shirts. As we veer into the world of Angry Birds, Transformers, Star Wars, Angry Bird Star Wars and all other forms of cross-marketing clothing I just wanted a banjo shirt. So, I made them. Raglan sleeves, of course, from Sewing for Boys. Like I said, they are the cutest ever.
The banjos were made with pain-staking freezer paper stenciling. First I placed the blue circles and then overlaid a second stencil for the banjo. I had to cut two different, identical stencils because using the stencil effectively shredded it.
The thin lines of the stencil came out a little fuzzy and imperfect, it probably would have worked better as a screen print but I wasn’t sure how many of these I would make. Despite that, the shirts came out pretty well and the boys like them. Double win for mama!
Of course, you can’t wear just a shirt as much as J would love that! So I also cranked out Treasure Pocket Pants…you guessed it, from Sewing For Boys.
J got a pair of twill pants, the fabric is from an amazing yard sale I went to a while back, and it’s a wonderful woven plaid. I love it. I opted for a more subtle design on these, they are intended to have a strip of contrast fabric down the side but I knew J wouldn’t go for for that, so I made them a bit boring with a small bit of color on the pocket.
C’s are made with knit fabric and a little skull-fabric detail. He NEEDS his pants comfortable, it is essentially the only important criteria for judging pants and even jeans are rejected for their lack of comfort. So, I went with knit. It was relatively easy to switch to knits for the pants. I used my walking foot, stretch needle and a bigger seam allowance to make up for the ease built into patterns intended for woven fabric.
Things got a little fussy when making the pockets, knit fabric just isn’t that interested in behaving when it come to lots and lots of seams and the added fun of elastic. Please forgive the pants photos…I ran out of M&M’s and had to work quickly to get a picture at all. That’s the only problem with bribery, it only works when you’ve got the goods.
Have you seen the amazing things up on the KCW Pinterest board? There are some incredible things being created this week!! I’m adjusting my list a little. Since I made 4 raglan shirts instead of just 2, I decided to try and squeeze in just one Luka Hoodie and two Explorer Vests. Not sure all of that will happen but you can be sure I will obsess more than I should.