I love bright colours on kids, and my little boy is no exception. However, I find it difficult to go too bright without feeling like it is a bit over the top! This outfit turned out perfect, and I can’t wait for the weather to actually warm up so that he can wear it regularly.
The top is the Sisboom Ethan. I can’t say enough good things about this pattern! The directions and drafting is flawless, and the style is classic. The pattern is long sleeve, but I just shortened them for summer, using one of my son’s other shirts as a guide.
I don’t sew a lot with wovens, and I haven’t done too many button up shirts, but this pattern goes together perfectly. The method for the placket was new to me, but I followed the steps one at a time, and am very pleased with the result.
The fabric is an unusual source: a duvet cover from IKEA!
I saw the print online one evening, and it was the inspiration behind the whole outfit. I just love the classic check pattern, but with the trendy bright colours and slightly wavy lines to give it a modern look. Unfortunately, when I bought the bedding set, I realized the fabric was a loose weave and thinner than I liked, so I underlined the whole shirt with white cotton batiste. It adds a bit of structure, and prevents the shirt from being semi-transparent. I actually only used half of a the queen size pillowcase, so watch for more projects with this fabric!
For the shorts, I used the Charming Doodle Kudzu Cargos. This pattern is definitely a slim fit, and I may need to sew a size up for later on this summer. This may be because my little guy wears diapers still.
The design features in this pattern are what sets it apart. I love how the side cargo pocket uses the wrong side of the fabric for contrast. There is also some eye catching piecing, and the partial knit waistband makes these comfortable and easy to get on and off. I used a beautiful teal stretch denim from my local fabric store.
Sorry for the overload of pictures (what can I say, I think he is cute!) and we had such a great time visiting our local lake on a an amazingly warm spring day.