Yesterday was the final day of the Kids Clothes Week Challenge, and my last project for the week was a new pair of summer PJs for Joe, refashioned from a size XL men's tie-dyed shirt.
This project was special to me because this t-shirt was tie-dyed by a
dear friend of mine, Marc, who died much too young, about six and a half years ago. I miss him a lot. His many talents included geology, obsidian knapping (you know, making arrowheads and spear points), throwing pottery, and crazily enough, tie-dyeing. Tie-dye isn't really my thing, but Marc's tie-dyes are really beautiful and full of vivid color. So I've held onto this bleached and tie-dyed XL t-shirt, which was way too big for me or anyone I know, for many years now, in my knit fabrics stash, waiting for the perfect project to present itself.
On Saturday, I was going through my knit stash, and pulled this shirt out.
Joe, who is really into colors right now, and really, really into rainbows, was immediately impressed: "Rainbow!! Red, orange, yellow ... pink ... all the colors!"
I just love it when Joe says "all the colors!" I think you have to be there.
"Joe, would you like a rainbow shirt?" I asked.
"Yes! Rainbow shirt!!" he eagerly replied. Then he had an even better idea. "Rainbow PJs!"
So, rainbow PJs it is! Pretty groovy, huh?
I used Made by Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern to make the t-shirt, even harvesting the ribbing from the adult t-shirt for the neckline on the little version. With this stable, easy-to-sew interlock, sewing up this pattern was a dream, and I didn't run into any of the problems I encountered with my last version. To make the shorts, I just shortened the Sleeping Johns from Growing Up Sew Liberated. I have made so many versions of those Sleeping Johns now - it is such a simple and easy pattern, just one pattern piece. I centered the middle of the tie-dye on the t-shirt, fit the little sleeves into the grown-up sleeve pieces, and was able to squeeze the shorts pieces out of the sides of the t-shirt, which didn't have side seams, utilizing the hem of the shirt as the hem of the shorts.
Joe is pretty pleased with his rainbow PJs. Check it out - he even posed for me!
And that wraps up KCWC, Spring 2012! I am definitely a little tired, but what a fun week! I felt like I was part of a bustling, inspiring, kids' clothes sewing community (because I was!) - and I made a few things that Joe really likes, too, which is extra rewarding.
Next up, the fun task of trying to fix/de-bug a few of the items I made this last week, to make them even better and more wearable. Not my favorite part of the sewing process, but important and well worth it.
How are y'all recovering from KCWC?