Okay, this post. This one you’re about to read? I’ve been ridiculously excited about for months now. Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy, a talented friend of mine and former ex-pat recently returned to the states after living in Denmark, had this brilliant idea to run a series of Scandinavian-inspired sewing for kids.
Stacey sent me an email invitation to participate, I did a quick google of Scandinavian kid clothiers, and then totally announced, “Um, yes!” out loud to my computer screen. When I think of Scandinavian Style, I think detail, color, comfort. I love that their children styles have really awesome style elements, but all age appropriate and with kids’ play in mind.
Kids can look cool, but still dress like kids. This is pretty much my own kid-fashion philosophy, so maybe I’m projecting a bit. But I don’t think the Scandinavians would mind. They just seem to have an ease and understated quality to their fashion. And that’s what I tried to achieve with my Scandinavian Style look for my 10 year old
Shirt first. I had *just* gotten the email from Stacey to participate in the Scandinavian Style Series when I saw this awesome broken-stripe knit at Girl Charlee. I wasn’t even entirely sure what qualified as Scandinavian style at that point, but this fabric sparked something in my brain and I grabbed it up then and there. Lucky for me, bold colors and graphic lines are all over Scandinavian style boards. So yay!
I used the Mickey Shirt pattern from Ottobre 6/2011, omitting the henley opening and adding an angled pocket. After I added the pocket, had it all bar-tacked down nice and tight, it occurred to me that it would look a lot cooler if that angle had followed the angle of the stripes right next to it. darn it. I added strips of the blue knit on the pocket, to carry the stripes and that blue a bit further into the design. I’m not sure I like them. Basically, the pocket is a bit of a disappointment. But other than that, pretty rad shirt, man.
I love the Mickey Shirt design for many reasons, including the saddle-shoulder cut of the raglan sleeves. I just think it’s a cool, unexpected twist on the traditional raglan and highlights the main fabric in a really great way. I paired the graphic stripe with a solid grey at the sleeves and pocket, and then used a royal blue solid knit at the cuffs, neck, and again on the pocket.
As I looked through Scandinavian clothing sites, what I kept being drawn to were the details. I love details. They are my favorite things to sew and what I get most excited about when working on a project. Also, color. Those Scandinavians love their color. So I tried to bring both color and detail together in my son’s jeans.
The pattern is from the same Ottobre 6/2011 issue as the shirt, the Paperback Writer pants. This was the fourth time I’ve sewn this pattern and it is probably in my top five favorite patterns for my boys. The skinny fit is fabulous on them, and I really love the exaggerated length on the back yoke. I knew I wanted something high-quality, another trademark of Scandinavian clothing, so I went the extra mile on these jeans and even did true flat-felled seams.
I extended the length of the jeans pretty far, wanting to have a thick rolled cuff. As he grows, he can unroll them; they are hemmed at the bottom. But for now, I really love the red serge-stitching peaking out at the cuff. I also used red top stitching thread throughout the jeans, and I’m crazy about how it pops against the dark-washed denim. Jeans are so basic, that all I really had to add the inspiration pop of color and detail was that top stitching, so I tried to make it count.
The knit cap was thrown together at the last minute, knowing the photoshoot would be cold and wanting to accessorize my son’s look a little more. It’s just ribbed knit, cut in two U-shape pieces, sewn together, then hemmed.
It was my son’s idea to wear his LEGO belt, made using Delia Create’s tutorial. LEGOs are from Denmark, so it seemed appropriate enough.
Then we topped the whole look off with his pea coat I made during Kids Clothes Week.
Comfort, color, detail.
The Scandinavian Style Sewing Series is running through the next couple of weeks. So far the looks have been absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come. Follow along and be inspired to sew Scandinavian Style!
Get the Look:
-Slouchy Beanie: Self-drafted pattern, ribbed knit from Organic Cotton Plus
-Pea Coat: Peek-A-Boo Pattern’s Olivia and Oliver Coat (affiliate links) with modifications, blogged in full HERE
-Long-Sleeve Tee: Ottobre Design’s Mickey Shirt from 6/2010 issue, 153cm. Stripe knit from Girl Charlee, grey knit fabric from SAS Fabric in LA, royal blue knit from Jo-Ann Stores
-Jeans: Ottobre Design’s Paperback Writer Pants from 6/2010 issue, 140 cm lengthened. Stretch denim from Jo-Ann Stores, red jeans thread is Coats & Clark from Jo-Ann Stores
-Belt: Lego Belt using tutorial from Delia Creates, blogged HERE
-Shoes: Doc Marten wing-tips, thrifted