Two words for you:
My middle son has long held an affinity for food-themed clothing. When he was four he asked for “underwear with food on it” for Christmas. His favorite, most-worn shirts have always been those with food puns. Especially breakfast foods. The boy loves clothes and he loves food. Then I found Beloved Shirts; super realistic graphic prints, many of them food. Seth sat and scrolled through the site giggling and making his wish list. A few days later, they had a clearance sale and one of the prints Seth wanted was marked down drastically. Only catch? It was in men’s sizes. So we ordered men’s 2XL for my 50lb eight year old. Of course.
He wore it to bed as a night shirt for a few weeks, until I stole it from his drawer, hacked it up, and married it with one of my favorite patterns: Lou Bee Clothing’s Bimaa
Lou Bee just released the Bimaa in extended sizes, 6/12m-12 years. I had previously made Bimaas for the younger kids, you can see HERE, and was crazy excited that the pattern now would work for my older boys, too.
I had wanted to do the hoodie, but there just wasn’t enough fabric, so we went with the shawl collar option. Seth says he likes it better; the look of the hoodie in the front, without the bulk in the back.
We barely were able to get all the pieces for the pattern out of the shirt. I had to do some piecing at the collar, but it isn’t too distracting. And we used up almost every bit of the original shirt. I even cut the tag from the collar of the 2XL, and sewed it into the side seam of the Bimaa, as a nod to where we started.