Today I get to introduce Jess, another boy mama. Except this lady is about to have double my boy trouble with 4 boys! I’m so happy to have her here as part of the series.
Hello lovelies! I’m Jess from If Only They Would Nap, and I have three boys (and one more on the way!) that I have ridiculous amounts of fun sewing for. The first song that popped into my mind for this series was Sunglasses at Night, sung by Corey Hart. Classic 80s, my friends. Oh how I love the 80s.
My three-year-old adores wearing sunglasses. When he wears them outside, he usually insists on keeping them on when he comes inside too, so I thought this would be a fun one to design for him.
I grabbed some fun rockstar knit fabric for the shirt and added a sunglasses applique that has a little secret to it. Keep reading for details on that. You can visit my blog for a tutorial on the pants, made out of an unlikely fabric choice for a boy!
The jacket is upcycled from a pair of pants and is a self-drafted pattern… The jacket is upcycled from a pair of pants and is a self-drafted pattern… …inspired by this Corey Hart album cover. Every rockstar needs a rockin’ jacket, I say.
Now, a tutorial for the tee! Sew up a T-shirt using the pattern of your choice (I drafted my own by tracing a tee that fits my son well). I like the look of shirts that are more fitted and have cuffs at the wrist and a matching neckband, particularly when they’re in a fun color to add a bit of pop to the shirt. If your pattern doesn’t call for them, they’re super easy to add.
1. Cut two pieces of knit fabric the width of your sleeve and double the length you want the cuff to be. Mine measured about 4in. x 8in. when folded (like seen in the picture above). The stretch of the fabric should go left to right when your fabric is folded like mine. 1. Cut two pieces of knit fabric the width of your sleeve and double the length you want the cuff to be. Mine measured about 4in. x 8in. when folded (like seen in the picture above). The stretch of the fabric should go left to right when your fabric is folded like mine.
3. Sew up the long, unfolded sides of the cuffs and the short sides of the neckband.
But wait… we’re not done yet! The sunglasses! Because three-year-olds love surprises, these sunglasses also double as little pockets for holding treasures and cars and all the random things that three-year-olds love so much.
8. Use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance.
Between this dude’s hair and the way he sings the Thomas the Train theme song, he may just be a future rockstar.
Thanks so much for having me as part of your super fun series, Melissa and Stacey!
Thanks for sewing along with us, Jess. Make sure to go check out If Only They Would Nap – some of my favorite projects are below (click any photo to go to the post).
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