This week’s challenge was boy week. Because I always sew for a boy, I wanted to do something a little special for this challenge. I wanted to stretch my skills and make something cool and fun. Well it was a crazy amount of work, but I’m very happy with how it all turned out.
I made a 3 piece outfit: skinny jeans, t-shirt, and a flannel jacket.
For Oliver’s David Beckham outfit, I drafted the skinny pants based on a pair of his pants. I was going to use that pattern again, but then I saw that Jessica had created a pattern for a pair of skinny cords that just happened to be in Oliver’s size. I loved the pockets and yoke detail on her pants, so I decided to try out her pattern. Note to self: little boys are bigger than little girls! We ended up with super skinny hipster pants. He has to wear his disposable diapers with these pants because there’s not enough room for the cloth diaper bum. Also with the super skinny bottom, they continually ride up so they look a little short, even though they are not. However, I can’t help but think the little hipster look is too cute on him. 🙂 I used a blue stretch denim that I picked up at JoAnn’s this weekend for the pants fabric.
The t-shirt is the Raw-Edged Raglan pattern from Sewing for Boys. This was my first foray into sewing with knits, and I am now hooked. Seriously, no hemming! I used an old t-shirt of Ian’s for the fabric, and it is just so fun to see the Little Man in a loved shirt of his Daddy’s. I had to adjust the pattern a little because even though it says that it starts at 18 months, my pattern sheet begins at 2/3. I took about 1/4 inch of all the sides of the 2/3, and it turned out great. I love the skinny fit and super long sleeves. The only problem we ran into was that my child must have a big head because I had to stretch out the neckline quite a bit to fit it over his head. Thankfully, I was able to stretch it enough to fit without having to re-cut and sew a new neckband. FYI using freezer paper as your pattern piece makes cutting out the knit fabric so easy because you iron on the freezer paper to the knit and then pull it off to reuse after you cut the fabric.
The jacket is also based on a pattern from Sewing for Boys. It is based on the Out on the Town Jacket with modifications. I wanted to have a straight-across neckline, not a sloping one like the pattern shows, so I just decided to wing it and cut out the neckline how I had pictured in my head. Guess what- turned out perfectly! Love it when that happens. I used a flannel from JoAnn for the outer and the same stretch denim for the lining. I was going for a look that was kinda in-between a button-down shirt and a jacket. If I do say so myself, I think I nailed it. This is the perfect jacket for a casual fall outing- especially around here where we are starting to get a bit of a chill at night but still have 80 degree days. This jacket came together so quickly- quite an easy sew- up until the buttons! The buttonhole foot on my machine is such a pain in the neck! I had to re-do several of the buttonholes because they were all uneven- and then the thread on the bottom was a nasty mess. I think it’s because of the thickness of the jacket that the machine didn’t feed well. If anyone has any advice for good buttonholes, I’d be glad to hear it!
So that’s my outfit for this week- if you are still reading after a super long post. I really enjoyed learning even more new skills and having fun with an outfit along the way! I have now added more raw-edged raglans to my list for KCWC next week! FYI there was a great post on Project Run and Play this week on sewing boy clothing, She echoed some of the same thoughts that I’ve had. Oh, and I have to give props to the hubby for the photography. He took all the pictures (for this shoot and the Beckham shoot), and I followed along as photographer assistant. He has a much better gift at photography than I do!
love these pants!
Thanks! Glad someone else agrees with me 🙂
What a cutie! The jacket is perfect!! 🙂 Great job with your first knit sewing! You may’ve convinced me to finally buy some freezer paper.
Must get freezer paper! It’s amazing stuff!
This is such a cute outfit! Because I was sick this week and couldn’t sew, I decided to do a post on my favs! I’m adding yours! And I loved Jessica’s post, too! I also only sew for boys and I totally agreed!
So sorry you were sick:/. Thanks for featuring us!
Excellent job matching up the plaid! I love the grass stains on the jeans – typical part of a boy’s outfit right? 🙂 redoing buttonholes is fun isn’t it? Gaaaah.
So any matching is completely accidental:) I totally decided not to stress about that! And smart me for not taking the pants pic till after he wore them and got them all dirty- but hey, it’s much more realistic, right?
This is too cute for words! I love the colors.I hope you stop by and post this very creative outfit at my linky party Sew & Tell saturday!
forgive this if it sounds really obvious-but how to you convert the short sleeved pattern to make long sleeves? thanks!
Well my pattern has the option for both short and long sleeves but if yours doesn’t, you can just continue the sleeve pattern line down- gradually narrowing it until you think you have a good length. I would make it pretty long and the cut off you extra once you are done.
oh duh me-i had cut out the pattern a while ago for the short sleeves and didn’t realize the long sleeve was an option-thanks for pointing that out! Also, while i’m here=i’ve been following you on project run and play and your clothes are an inspiration to me-thanks! looking forward to your kcwc projects!
Glad I’m not the only one who has those kind of moments 🙂 and thanks for your kind words. I am really enjoying all that I am learning!
I just found your blog from Elise Marley. I am so inspired by the clothing you make for your little boy. I have a little Oliver as well and they are both probably around the same age. I must get to sewing him some more skinny jeans and shirts. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Aw thanks! How fun that we both have Olivers :). I have found boy sewing to be loads of fun!
I love this. And that jacket alteration is perfect. I’m going to try something similar!
Thanks! It’s such an easy but fun jacket!
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