It’s time for one of my very favorite sewing series ever: Sew in Tune. Hosted by Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy, the idea of Sew in Tune is to take music, any music, and sew an outfit inspired by that music. This is my third year participating (you can see my 90’s Grunge/Nirvana look on Jonas HERE and my Cake Alpha Beta Parking Lot look on Kael HERE). I let Seth, my nine year old take the lead this time. He chose one of his current favorite songs, Stolen Dance by the German band Milky Chance.
Seth is picky, super picky. My other two boys, I can pretty much convince to wear, and like, almost anything I make for them. But not Seth, ever. If it isn’t his idea, or in his very specific style, he won’t like it, and he certainly won’t wear it. Every idea I came up with for the look, he quickly shot down. Finally, after watching the music video for the 100th time and searching through Google images of the band for inspiration, he sighed, pointed to the a picture of the two band members, and asked, “Can’t you just make me clothes like they’re wearing?!”
Yes. Yes, son, I can.
I started with a pair of Paperback Writer Pants from Ottobre 6/2010, in a heavy-weight, khaki-colored denim. This pattern is my very, very favorite jeans patterns for my boys. The fit is perfect, the cut is modern and classic at the same time, and I just love every pair I’ve made. I think I’m up to at least five now.
Seth needed a comfortable, grey sweater for this look, and the Bimaa pattern by Lou Bee Clothing, with its shawl collar option, was the perfect match. Unfortunately, I totally forgot that I wanted to attach the shawl collar off-center, like Clemens Rehbein’s (the singer). Darn it. It would have been super cool off-center. Maybe next time. I did change the pattern just a tiny bit. I lengthened the body, and widened the cuffs and hem band, all to try to give the sweater a bit more of a bulky feel. The fabric is a sweater knit from Fabric.com.
From the start, I wanted to make a concert tee for my look. Even before we’d settled on a song, I knew I wanted to make a graphic, possibly vintage-poster-inspired shirt. Seth *hated* the idea. I was sure I could sway him with a cool design, though, and set to hours of work sketching out what I thought was a pretty cool graphic. I incorporated the guitar the band uses in the video (Baton Rouge with a side cut-out. I did my research.) and some of the lyrics from the song. He still hated it. Like, cringed and physically recoiled when I proudly showed it to him. This kid. Heaven help us both in the teen years to come. Still, I wasn’t ready to give up the graphic tee idea.
And then I found Lumi Photo Printing Kit (affiliate link) at Jo-Ann while fabric shopping, and things fell into place for a tee we both liked.
In the Stolen Dance music video, the singer sits and plays while[what looks like] old home movies are projected over the top of him and the white wall behind him. There’s lots of palm tree and highway looking scenes. None are easy to make out, but that’s the general imagery that I see.
So, I googled “70’s California photos” and came across this postcard (that, of course, now I can no longer find the original source. Sorry!)
I didn’t have the recommended 100% cotton, and it’s my first time using the Lumi kit, so things didn’t turn out perfect. But I think the tee is still pretty cool, and you get that washed-out, vaguely palm-treey, vintagy feel. Best of all, when I nervously showed the shirt to Seth, he grinned and said, “That’s really cool!” and ran over to grab it from me.
I used two thrifted tee shirts for my fabric, using the hems of the shirts for the hem and sleeve cuffs of the tee for Seth. The pattern is the Mickey from Ottobre 6/2010, without the front neck placket.
The beanie was an afterthought. I used some leftovers from the Bimaa and the free Slouchy Beanie pattern from Heidi & Finn. Seth refused to wear it at first, and gave me some serious eye-roll when he saw me grab it for our shoot anyway. But then he got cold and tried it on. And he loved it! He wore it the rest of the night! I won!
And so is his music of choice. You can watch the Stolen Dance video below:
Sweater: Bimaa by Lou Bee Clothing, size 8, lengthened. Fabric is sweater knit from Fabric.com
Tee: Mickey Shirt from Ottobre 6/2010, size 152, without placket. Fabric is from thrifted men’s tees. Graphic made with Lumi Photo Printing Kit (affiliate link)
Jeans: Paperback Writer Pants from Ottobre 6/2010, size 134, lengthened. Fabric is heavy-weight denim from Nuttal’s in SLC
Hat: Slouchy Beanie pattern from Heidi & Finn, size 6. Fabric is sweater knit from Fabric.com
Boots: Palladium (affiliate link)