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Friday, August 3, 2012

Sew In Tune: Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Hi there! I'm Chelsea: musician, wife, mama and most recently, blogger. After taking some time away from choral conducting and teaching to stay at home with my baby (now two years old!), I started a blog, sewBOLD, to share some everyday stuff as well as a whole slew of sewing projects and whatever else strikes my fancy. My sweet husband and wild boy are wonderful and they let me do things like take pictures of their food before they're allowed to eat and pose endlessly for pictures!

Thanks to Melissa and Stacey for giving me the chance to be a part of the "Sew in Tune" series, I have loved seeing all the fun boy ideas and talented mama's out there! Summer brings to mind so many different images for me: chasing fireflies; picnics; county fairs; paddling in the pool; milkshakes; long, humid evenings; going barefoot; popcorn; sunscreen; and barber shop quartets. When I got the email from Melissa and Stacey inviting me to create a boys look for summer based on a song, I was really excited and my thoughts immediately went to peppy, barber shop style music. I chose "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer." It has been recorded by many different artists, Nat King Cole's version is one of my favorites. It definitely belongs on your quirky summer playlist!

As we enter August and thoughts turn toward school supplies and fall clothes, I grow very nostalgic about all those delicious, summer experiences. Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, the days of soda and pretzels and beer! I love those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! You'll wish that summer could always be here!  In keeping with my nostalgia for the summer that is quickly passing us by, I created an updated, little man version of the classic, barber shop costume with its red striped vests and flat, wide-brimmed straw hats. Here's my take:

For this garment, I started with a soft knit harvested from an XXL men's t-shirt picked up on sale at Old Navy. Recycling men's t-shirts is one of my favorite ways to find knits in a variety of prints and colors in nice, wearable weights--usually on the cheap! The pattern is my own, I used some of my son's clothing to sketch the basic size and shape then adapted the paper templates to my own taste: simple and no-fuss. It is cut in three pieces: front, back and crotch panel. I also cut strips to face the armholes and double fold binding to finish the neck opening. The visual interest is mainly in the print and button placket with contrasting buttons. I have a tutorial for making your own button placket on my blog HERE, if you are so inclined!

I'm happy with the way this romper turned out: easy, light-weight, comfortable and with a bit of extra room for growth. There's nothing worse than pouring time into a handmade garment only to have it outgrown within a few weeks! The fact that it also resembles those old-fashioned men's bathing costumes is not lost on me. Aren't pools and sunscreen a big part of summer?!

I love one piece garments for little ones still in diapers. They make for quick, easy changes and keep diaper from peeking out between layers every time they wriggle out of your arms to chase a dropped toy...or spilled box of popcorn. 

I bought the straw fedora with plans to add my own fabric band, but the blue and white pinstripe went so well with the vintage buttons I had already chosen that I ended up using it as is. (Find HERE.) My little guy loves his new hat and even insisted on wearing it out of the store.

In case you're wondering, I did actually get a few smiles...

Even though huge grins like that are one of my great joys in life, our summer afternoon wouldn't have been complete without an ice cream soda...old-fashioned, of course. It was a hit with little man and is quickly become one of our family favorites!

I thought I'd share the recipe with you, though it's not so much a recipe as a list of ingredients. You can't go wrong with ice cream, so just experiment and enjoy the results as you go! 

This is so fizzy and refreshing, a little lighter than the typical milkshake. There's also something really great about crisp, cold, soda water paired with creamy ice cream. I hope you like it too! I'm sure it would be awesome in other flavors as well. You'll be left with lots of empty glasses and satisfied tastebuds. 

Thanks for reading, have a "lazy, hazy, crazy summer" full of great memories! 

Thanks for joining us today, Chelsea.  There is nothing better than a cold drink on those lazy, hazy, days of summer.  I love the romper and may have to make one on the double before my "baby" loses his leg chub.


  1. I, too, love these types of one-piece outfits for small children! I've made several this summer for my one-year-old, from both tees and button-downs (retaining the too-big collar of a men's small/med shirt is adorable).
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  2. Omigosh your son is SO CUTE!!! Very cute romper too. :)

  3. How very gorgeous - what a cutie! We have toilet trained our youngest this week so no more one pieces for us but maybe I'll have time to sew for other little ones!

  4. Great job - I love this too. My little guy is 2 as well and I love rompers too - they are so easy for summer! I have thought about making one for him a few times and always end up being too lazy :). But clearly I need to get less lazy and just try it out - you did a great job on this!



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  5. Love the red stripes and blue buttons! We also love club soda, and will sometimes mix it with juice for a refreshing summer drink! We'll have to try the old fashioned ice cream version this weekend.
    alyssabpittman at gmail dot com

  6. Love rompers for babies! Thanks for the drink recipe. Must give that a try!
    lestra77 at yahoo dot com

  7. Love this romper! And what a cute little guy :)

  8. Love the rompers and this baby is too cute ;)
    Thx for the giveaway ;)

  9. Very cute romper! :)
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  10. I love Nat King Cole's voice, too.
    stellieg at telkomsa dot net

  11. such a cute romper - love the fedora! suzannewinterphotography (at)

  12. Love the big smile in the 8th pic down. What a beautiful boy!!! It's so strange how your can glimpse the big kid in our little ones faces from time to time.


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