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Friday, February 4, 2011

Shirts for the Little Men

I'm not exaggerating when I say my boys wear their clothes out as soon as I make them. Boy #2 (in green) is happy to wear store bought or mom-made. Boy #1 (in red) refuses to wear RTW. He goes on about poor fit, bad design features, undesirable fabric (I wonder where he learned that...). So he's willing to rotate 4 or so shirts and wear holey pants, if necessary. Peer pressure is lost on him (that's good, right?) Lately my husband has been making known his desire to see boy #1 in something OTHER THAN STRIPES. Well, my solution was something with fewer stripes, anyway.

My well-used pattern, Jalie 2918, came to the rescue again, this time in the form of a v-neck. I've never done a v-neck t-shirt before, so it was an interesting venture. Jalie's instructions illustrate the method well and it's actually easier to serge a v-neck than a circle.

The fabric was a bargain find on fabric.com. I'd been keeping my eye out for knit with chest stripes and figured that'd be impossible to find, but one day I spotted this poly blend pique knit for .99 or 1.99 a yard. I was nervous about the quality at that price, but it's not too bad after all.

7 comments:

  1. What wonderful stripes...I wish we could get nice inexpensive fabrics here. All local fabrics are at least $12!!!... I then find it difficult to cut into it!
    It is lovely to hear that your boys are happy to wear your clothes...let alone only wear them! Good for them!

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  2. Nice. I love stripes on boys. All my boys have been growing out of their clothes so fast too! I am contemplating making some shorts for the oldest, but I need to keep my eye out for some appropriate fabric too! Sounds like you found a good bargain there.

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  3. They look RTW to me. Bet the "general public" can't tell the difference. You do good work.

    Sam

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  4. Love the stripes and the tees are a really good fit. I'm finding it hard to find cute fabric for my boy that aren't too babyish. Dressing girls is so easy in comparison!

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  5. The shirts are a great fit and I like the stripe placement. That's amusing that boy#1 has taken his mom's wisdom to heart about RTW clothes!

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  6. Terrific shirts. I have never seen chest stripe fabric like that here - very smart. It is good that your son appreciates custom made clothes.

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  7. Looks well thought out. I am definately giving this pattern a try...

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