Cow Appreciation Day 2014

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I’m back to share with you the other project that I sewed in advance for Kids Clothes Week. It feels kinda like cheating to share something I made 2 weeks ago but an hour a day is the same even if it’s completed before the actual sew along week, right? I knew I wouldn’t be able to get much done this week and I couldn’t not have something to share! I think this one goes well with the kid art theme too since the tank graphics look like kid writing.flashbank tanks v2 (2 of 7)

Every year in July Chickfila hosts what’s known as Cow Appreciation Day where if you dress like a cow, you get free food. We are a bit of Chickfila addicts around here so this is one of our favorite days of the year! Normally I just tape some spots onto our clothes and call it good enough but I really wanted to do something fun this year. Plus the boys needed more pjs and I figured they could use these outfits for pjs the rest of the year so it wasn’t wasted effort. Also I’m a crazy person and can’t resist the opportunity for a good cheese-fest!

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This was one of those ideas that actually turned out even cooler than I had anticipated. I mean, little cows- what could be cuter? All of these pictures were taken at Chickfila with my iPhone so I apologize if the quality of them is not as great as usual. And Eliot had a little fall in the play area and got a bloody nose so you will see his shirt (and poor nose) got stained up almost right away!

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Outfit Info: Both of these patterns are such great, basic patterns that I can now make in no time flat! It’s so nice to be able to just whip up some tanks and shorts for the boys with minimal effort! I don’t even have to read the instructions anymore.

Shorts: Kids Shorts by Made. Basic elastic waist version. Oliver’s is a 3T with 1″ shortened off hem. Eliot’s is a 24Month with no mods. I sized up for Eliot’s to give him some more room for the cloth diaper. Fabric is a cotton cow print from Hobby Lobby- not the quality I would normally use in clothes but the only cow print I could find on short notice. And 1 yard at $6/yard gave me enough for both pairs of shorts!

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Tanks: Flashback Skinny Tee modified into a tank. Oliver’s is a 3T. Eliot’s is 18 Month. This was my second try at modifying this pattern. (first attempt blogged here). I cut a pretty deep arm hole- around 3/4″ extra in an even arc up the pattern. I cut the back neckline at the front neckline marking and cut the front neckline down an extra inch or so. I also used 1.5″ width for my neck and arm bindings instead of 2″ as recommended in the pattern for the neckline. I added about 1″ to both hems and did not hem the shirts. I could have added a little more to Eliot’s hem as it’s a teensy bit short but that just lets him show off some of that adorable baby belly!

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Cow fabric on the back is from an old knit baby blanket someone gave us when Oliver was born. Front fabric is cotton jersey from Hobby Lobby (not my fave option but again, used what I had on hand for a thrifty project). I used fabric paint to free hand the cow signs.

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Oh and you see my tank? I needed to participate in the fun too! So I got the crazy idea to make myself a Tiny Pocket Tank to coordinate with the boys. I used the remainder of the cow blanket on the back and color blocked it with some white linen from an old tablecloth that I had in my stash. Thankfully the blanket knit was a really stable knit so it sewed up fine with the linen. I actually think it’s kinda cute though I don’t know if I will wear it again except for cow day.

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And final note: Oliver loved dressing like a cow and requests to wear his cow pjs now- score for me!

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