I’m feeling pretty accomplished at this point in kids clothes week. there are now a pair of shorts and two button down short-sleeve shirts (my son calls them handsome shirts) completed! everything is made from material pilfered from men’s button down shirts at Goodwill. wahoo!
aren’t these shorts the cutest thing? I mean, I know that super cute tummy is trying to steal the show but try to focus on the shorts. I drafted the pattern to these myself by tracing some comfortable shorts in J’s drawer–front and back are separate pattern pieces. they aren’t fussy or fancy because, quite frankly, that is what he wears the most. at this point, he is loving the shorts that are easy-on and easy-off. that is just where we are at when it comes to bathroom considerations. I thought about putting in pockets but he never uses them anyway! so why not keep it simple, right? the fabric is a wonderful woven cotton, light and breezy but substantial enough to be good, sturdy shorts. basically, fabric I can only find either at Goodwill or in the fabric shops in New York City garment district. figure that?
after the pattern was drafted these came together really quickly…probably took 40 minutes. to top that off, once he put them on they didn’t come off, which is always a good sign.
I wish I could say the same thing about handsome shirt #1 exhibited below. this shirt took hours and was met with “I don’t like it”. if you heard a loud and deep sigh around 4pm yesterday that was why.
I eventually coaxed him into trying it on and then he changed his mind because he decided he looked like Papa. phew. I was bordering on crazy binge drinking thinking that he wasn’t going to wear this shirt. I mean look at those buttons and buttonholes and beautiful collar!
in fairness, the buttons and buttonholes were all made using my sewing machine. my amazing sewing machine has an automatic buttonhole foot! it’s so fantastic! but, still I was sewing on 14 buttons and 12 buttonholes! there are two fewer buttonholes because I got lazy and sewed the collar buttons straight onto the shirt above without buttonholes.
I didn’t do that with this purple shirt, however. I went ahead and made little tiny button holes even though I know he will never need to unbutton them. I also made french seams on the side and cuffed the hem on the shirt sleeves. I kind of got a little obsessive about these details he will never notice. I just wanted to know I had done them. call it sewing zen. the only pre-made detail that resulted from using old men’s shirts is that I got to use the exquisite rolled hem at the bottom and didn’t have to hem it myself. I love a good rolled hem but I’ve never been able to do it well myself. so, I was thrilled. he looks super cute in both tops and makes me laugh when he looks that ridiculously adorable. it (kind of) makes up for his reluctance to appreciate my tiny buttonholes. darn these cute kids!
p.s. have you entered the giveaway? go for it! the odds are pretty good right now.