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9.23.2015

Sewing for the Boy: Back to School Shirts

Henry started preschool this year so we went through his clothes and sorted out play clothes and school clothes. He was so excited to start school and has loved it so far. I was able to see the holes in his wardrobe and what I needed to make. I decided to start with some nice shorts and two nice button up shirts. They'll look great this winter for church or for preschool. I used the Mulberry Tunic Pattern for both shirts and the Tree Climber Trousers Pattern for the shorts.
I altered the Mulberry Tunic so instead of a half button placket on the front I lengthened it to be a button up shirt with a full button placket. I used a pretty chambray fabric, but I decided to use the reverse. I like the lighter blue with lots of texture. Instead of the pattern's pocket I made a regular shaped pocket. It's long sleeved, and I added cuffs and a placket to the end. I love cuffing them and seeing the dark cuffs when they're rolled up. I made a size 3 without thinking. It fits him great now, but I should have done a size 4 for growing room. It's almost too short on him.
I chose to add the hood to this one. He loves the hood and pretends like it's his secret cape. He loves wearing a secret cape to church.
I had an awesome black and white gingham fabric that I used to make some shorts for Henry. I love them. They look so fashionable and fun, and Henry actually really likes wearing them. I cut them just below his knee, and I hope they'll fit him in the Spring. He wears them to nicer functions and even wore them to my sister's college graduation. They're great. I love the back pockets on the bias. Something about gingham and gingham on the bias makes me so happy.
I used the rest of the gingham fabric to make Henry another button up shirt. I did the same thing as the first by lengthening the front so the button placket goes all the way down. I did long sleeves with cuffs at the end. I cut the yoke, the pocket, and the cuffs on the bias. 
I added a one-piece collar to the neckline with some really fun facing fabric. It's some black and white crosshatch fabric. I also added a button to the back of the collar and a button to the top of the pocket.
He's wearing some other Tree Climber Trousers that I made last Spring. They still fit him and one of the knees are starting to wear, but the double layer means there's no hole yet! Henry likes this shirt and is happy to wear it. I hoping he'll choose it sometimes when it's cold. I'd love to see some t-shirts layered with it either over or under. We'll see how open he is to me choosing or directing some outfits. I love that he can dress himself and that he chooses his own outfits, but sometimes I really like to pick out his outfits.
Heather

6 comments:

  1. I love the chambray shirt. It looks so cool. And double bonus, a secret cape! He looks so great. It is fun to see what combinations kids put together.

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  2. I love the clothes! And I can't wait to see that cute boy on Saturday :)

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  3. The second shirt is my favourite. =) he's so cute looking like a mittle gentleman.

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  4. I like the black and white check shirt it turned out cute. Buttoned collars in the back are what I grew up
    seeing as a kid.
    One way you might get him to wear what you would like him to wear is to give him two choices, both
    ones you like. It's win win, you get to see him in things you like and he gets to choose. Helping him
    feel good cause he gets to make decisions. Oh, and congrats on the new little one that is coming in Spring. :)

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  5. I like the black and white check shirt it turned out cute. Buttoned collars in the back are what I grew up
    seeing as a kid.
    One way you might get him to wear what you would like him to wear is to give him two choices, both
    ones you like. It's win win, you get to see him in things you like and he gets to choose. Helping him
    feel good cause he gets to make decisions. Oh, and congrats on the new little one that is coming in Spring. :)

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  6. This outfit is so cute! My boys need checkered shorts. I adore those.

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