This kid? He’s pretty much the coolest.
And he just started Kindergarten, which means I got to participate in Sewing Like Mad’s too-cool-for-school series:
Mie, of Sewing Like Mad’s idea was to gather a bunch of sewing bloggers with kids entering Kindergarten this year, have them sew up some fun stuff, then share it in her Sewing for Kindergarten series. And you can participate, too, and not just if you have a kindergartner. She’s got a whole Flikr thing going, with categories for kids from preschool through high school that you can submit home-sewn clothing for, and enter to win some fabulous prizes.
But me? I’m here to show you what I made this amazing kindergartner of mine.
First, the tee. I used the Starry Print V-Neck Tee from Ottobre 3/2013 (#24), and made it a long sleeve at my son’s request. Why he wanted a long sleeve tee when it’s still in the 90s around here, I do not know. But the five year old heart wants what the five year old hearts wants, and there was no persuading him. I just lengthened the pattern sleeve, using an existing tee as a a guide, then slapped on some ribbed cuffs to finish things off.
He also weighed in heavily for the graphic design. The kid just started playing flag football after 2.5 years of counting down the days until he was old enough to join the league. His team is The Bears, and he wanted a Bears shirt. I found the iconic Chicago Bears face online and printed it out on Transfer Artist Paper. I typed out the “Chicago” and the “Bears” in Word, and printed it out on the TAP as well. It turned out so awesome. The paper shifted just slightly when I was pressing it onto the shirt, causing some distressed look along the one side. The resulting vintage feel of the graphic is just super cool.
I added a “34” to the back, on a yoke that I added to the pattern’s design to give it a more football-jersey feel. My husband is a big NFL fan and when I asked what number I should put on the back of Jonas’ shirt, he didn’t even hesitate. In fact, I don’t think I even got the words completely out of my mouth before he said, “34. Walter Payton.” Okay. So the shirt got a 34 with TAP on the back.
Jonas had picked out the graphics before going to bed. I finished the shirt, and added the TAP graphics while he slept, then laid the shirt out for him to see the next morning. Squeals at the breakfast table. The kid was jumping up and down and couldn’t put it on fast enough. So fun!
And then there are the pants.
I kept completely to pattern on these. I love all the details. There is a ton of top-stitching and the front pockets are bound in contrasting chambray.
The back pocket flaps come directly out of the back yoke, which is just fun and totally something I want to use again. The snaps are poly resin and there is more chambray lining the pocket flaps.
The fabric I used is this super funky polyester that Christie from Lemon Squeezy Home gave me. She had gotten it from her mother in law, and the vintage price tag was still attached. .19cents/yard! Polyester might not be a first choice in modern fabrics, but it does clean well, and we’ve already put this whole outfit through the laundry test. The polyester is also durable, which is good, because this kid is always on the move.
Except when he collapses after running the entire high school track after a photo shoot.
I was drawn to this pattern not only for the cool design elements, which are fabulous, but because of how kid-friendly it is. The waistband has elastic sewn all the way around and the fly is faux. With no zippers or buttons to fiddle with, Jonas can easily get himself dressed and deal with his personal needs while at school. Both the shirt and the pants are great for mixing and matching with clothes already in his closet. So all in all, a pretty great outfit for this brand new kindergartner!
Be sure to check out all the other amazing looks for all the other amazing kindergartners in the series. And don’t forget to submit your own back-to-school sewing in the Flickr groups to enter to win. You can find all the groups here: Tee Pattern: #24 Starry Print Tee in 122 cm from Ottobre Designs 3/2013, added long sleeves and back yoke
Pant Pattern: #25 Knickerbockers in 122 cm from Ottobre Designs 3/2013