Big Boy Style!

PR&P Week 3 Big Boy Style . LittleKidsGrow

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So, here’s to the project that morphed, morphed, and then morphed again.

I’d originally planned the Project Run & Play Boy’s Week challenge for my 5-year-old. Then about a week ago, a mysterious cold/allergy/sinus/??? bug hit one child, and then another, and then another. (Have you been there?).  Thankfully, everyone is feeling better now, but up until Monday of this week, I was sewing for one child and then when he woke up with a fever, I had to do a last minute switch-er-roo and retrace my steps to begin sewing for my 7-year-old. Cranky 5-year-olds don’t make good camera partners, so I wanted to be safe rather than sorry.

Last weeks outfit was a bit too “stiff” for this one. He’s more of a fly by the seat of your pants, dance around kind of guy. I knew I wanted to borrow some styling from casual menswear but it needed to be something fun that wasn’t too constricting. He doesn’t like turtlenecks (too tight), so I drafted a cowl knit pullover instead. I started with a basic bodice block, lowered the neckline and added a simple collar. Some of my best fabrics for my boys are upcycled from menswear. This was formerly a extra large men’s polo shirt that I just cut the seams out of. The corduroy pants were fun to make and fairly quick. I tried a new skill: faux welt pockets, which was amazingly simple. Here’s a great tutorial by Shauna over at Shwin and Shwin. Mr. Personality also wanted me to make him a top hat (something about  Dr. Seuss and the Lorax movie), but we ended up compromising with a fedora instead. The fedora took the longest out of all of my pieces. Who knew that making a hat out of knit would cause my sewing machine to get mad at me? Serious attitude, that one. All I wanted was something to warm his head in the winter. I thought that adding interfacing and then using buckram as a stiffener would be enough to stabilize the knit. Nope! My sewing machine continued to suck the stitches down into the feed dogs. I ended up sewing with paper (yep, regular paper) to make everything work. Great lesson in patience :). As you can see, he’s quite pleased. Oh, the things we do to make our kids smile!

Happy Day my friends. Don’t forget to vote!

Keep doin’ what you love!

Shannon

PR&P Week 3 Big Boy Style Pieces

 

 

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