Boys week!?! OMG, seriously?!? Eek! I've been stressing since they announced the theme for this week, because in all my 20 years of sewing the only thing I have sewn for a boy was a superhero cape. Although it was fabulous, double sided and appliqued with a Velcro closure to prevent choking, I didn't think that would fly (ahem) for Project Run & Play.
Since I am slightly crazy I decided to go for four pieces, three of which I have never sewn before. I figured if I make four and two were awful I would still have something left! When I finally am able to make a decision, which is a verrrrrry looooong process, I tend to stick with it, so may I introduce my first foray into boys clothing! My little modern day Sherlock Holmes.
I started with a tweed hat in greys, dark green and cream. He absolutely LOVES that thing! It is so soft and doesn't fall off, which is fantastic. The boy has never worn hats before, so huzzah! I had no clue about making hats so I bought this pattern from My Taylor Made. I think he looks adorable with all his crazy curls sticking out, you may ohh and ahh over his cuteness now.
For the shirt I wanted something simple so I could add a design to the front which would peek out in between the jacket. Think House (not my house, the show, it's awesome, love him, anyways..). The tweed hat lead me towards a detective vibe, but I didn't think having the classic image of the dude smoking a pipe would work, so I went for a juice box. So amusing to me. I used the raglan tee tutorial over at Craftiness is Not Optional to make the shirt and freezer paper to "screen print" the image. I made it out of two of my husband's old t-shirts, so I was able to place the pattern in such a way that no hemming was required. AWESOME! He calls it the "daddy drinking juice" shirt.
The jacket was made out of a dark olive green corduroy, which of course doesn't show up in the pics, gah! I lined it in a modern print and added double stitching, which I love! I'm kinda in love with my double needle at the moment. The hat and pants also have double stitching all over them too! I used a pattern for the jacket since I knew there was no way I could make one myself for the first time. It was very easy to follow, you can find it over at Melly Sews. Elbow patches were a must and since I was too cheap to buy real leather they are actually made of felt...shh...
The jeans are made the the softest denim ever using Dana's kids pants pattern over at MADE. I added the "jean" thread in double stitching and made a patch pocket to go with the whole British look. I made a US flag, but it just wasn't cool enough and his cute little bootie is too small for both pockets.
So there ya go! I'm sure 99% of you stopping reading like 20 pictures ago, but if for some reason you want to see more you can go visit my Project Run & Play flickr page.
I am now going to celebrate by eating a