Bringing the Flash Back! (A Knock Off!)

Bringing the Flash Back with the "Knock It Off" series by Elegance and Elephants
My favorite part of creating patterns for kids has to be the research. I love looking at clothes from the past up to the present and trying to figure out how I can twist them up to add a bit of today or yesteryear to them. Today I’m thrilled to be participating  in Heidi’s Knock It Off series again. Last time I created a “mirror” knock off of Axel and Fore’s adorable polo shirt, but this time around I thought it might be fun to play around with the knock off a bit. When I saw these coveralls from Blu Pony Vintage, I knew I’d found my blank canvas.

Blue Pony Vintage’s clothing for kids has a very soft, 20s – 40s kind of feel to me (Their last season and current one.) I thought it would be fun to change the silhouette, fabric, and details just enough to make this knock off fit the personality of my 7-year-old: Fun, energetic, and super “cool” with lots of personality. Ha! Ha! Sounds like the 70s to me. 🙂

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I started off by redrawing the coveralls, trimming the silhouette to give it more structure.

I went back and forth on the fabric. The original design is in a lightweight denim. I decided to forgo the denim and opted for a medium weight, sturdy cotton. It gave more “body” to the design and made the lines more crisp.

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While I kept a lot of the design elements the same like the pockets, collar, and waistband, I did add the following:

  1. Shortened the sleeves and added tabs
  2. Changed out the buttons from contrasting to neutral to “dress up” the look
  3. Slimmed the silhouette
  4. Added a functional hidden button fly

Vintage Jumper by LKG Changes

Both the coveralls “jumpsuit” and the hat were self-drafted. The original design is $156. I used fabric from my stash and had everything else on hand, so $0. Yay! My favorite kind of knock off! My son loved it. Now my littlest one wants one in green. 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by today! I love the Knock it Off series. Want to do your own knock off? Join the Knock It Off Flickr group and share your work.

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