It's become exceedingly hard to find times when the three year old is feeling up to his mommy dressing him up so I will apologize in advance for the tape display. I wonder if I can convince him to stay still long enough to make a S shaped duct tape dummy.
September's "Sewing For Boys" sew along pattern was Pauley's Pullover. The instructions and pattern are extremely easy to work with. The author's deemed this fit for a beginning sewer and I wholeheartedly agree. There are only four pieces for the entire project, the most difficult part being the v-neck collar but the directions for this step are clear and the diagrams very helpful. I ended up adding a knit waistband to the bottom for two reasons:
1. The idea of the drawstring on the bottom made me a little nervous. It is such a terribly cute idea but I can see my klutz of a child (shhh, don't let him know I call him that) catching it in the door or wrapping his finger so tightly we'd end up having to cut it off (the drawstring, not the finger).
2. My three year old has a long torso. Poor thing, it's his mother's fault. Short waist, long torso means most shirts are too short but if you go up a size they're too baggy. The added band at the bottom was my attempt to combat this issue. As always, match the measurement of the garment to your child and make alteration.
Not the greatest picture, sorry, but here's the v-neck detail. The book does a great job with the diagrams but as usual with this book, I was left wanting more detail shots. I'm hoping with all of the people sewing along this month, we'll be able to provide research for those visual learners like me.
I'm not usually a matchy matchy type person when in comes to the kids clothes. Considering the amount of laundry that piles up before I get to it, we need a variety of mix and match options. I just couldn't help myself on this one. The entire outfit was sewn using some some wonderful knit interlock that I found at Chez Ami. Did you know you can purchase knit yardage in the same knits they use for their clothing lines? Since I buy all of my fabric on-line, I always appreciate knowing the knits are truly coordinating.
I went back to the "Kickin' Back Sweats" for the matching pants. I used the striped knit for the pocket and moved the pocket placement up just a bit. I loved the idea of the drawstring so added a faux drawstring to the pants. The faux drawstring is just a 8 X 1 inch strip of the striped knit. Once it's pulled taunt it just rolls up on itself creating the perfect, non-fraying string.
Overall I'm happy with the pattern and how the outfit turned out. I just wish I could have gotten a shot of the pullover on the child seeing as the true magic of the elastic waistband is lost when it hangs on the wall. I really do need to find a new way to display clothing for photos.