I have been sewing up a storm lately, and I'm lagging behind blogging everything! Next up is a very quick but very satisfying sew for Joe. A few weeks ago, I was shopping for knit ribbings on Fabric.com (the selection at my local fabric stores is terrible) while Joe was watching a YouTube show about Hot Wheels or whatever when this chevron-printed Kaufman Laguna jersey knit caught his eye. The attraction was immediate.
"Mama! Click on that! What's that?"
So I clicked on it. Joe stared with awe.
"Can you make me a shirt with that? Make me a shirt with that! I like it!"
Well, it's not something I would have picked (I'm not really into chevrons, I admit), but I love sewing for Joe, and he's really picky about what he will wear, so of course I said yes and bought a couple yards.
Then it took forever to arrive. Man, that free shipping sure ain't quick.
When it finally arrived, on a weeknight, I opened it up and showed it to Joe.
"Can you make a shirt? RIGHT NOW?"
So I threw it in the wash and made him a shirt. It's the Flashback Skinny Tee, of course, in a size 5T with extra length. I didn't bother to match the print or anything (chevrons seem near impossible to match anyway).
It's pretty disco-fabulous, right? And Joe liked it so much he insisted on wearing it to school the next day.
I used some lovely organic charcoal ribbing from the same order for the neckband. It turned out too loose - my mistake, the ribbing is very soft and doesn't have much recovery. But Joe says he likes it that way, and he does tend to stretch out his neckbands terribly anyway, so I'm leaving it be.
I must say, I really like the quality of the Kaufman Laguna jersey. Very nice. It has some lycra content and it feels very sturdy and stable, but with a good amount of stretch too. I would recommend trying it!
The next night, I asked Joe if he wore his shirt, and did he like it?
"Yes! Can you make me shorts? RIGHT NOW? To wear to school tomorrow?"
(Why are both of my children sticking out their tongues? I don't know!)
Apparently I can!
I know, I know. I'm setting him up with terribly unrealistic expectations about my sewing abilities. But it's so rare that Joe asks me to make him anything! When he gets excited about a project I tend to jump right on it, in hopes that I can change his mind about wearing mama-mades more often.
Talk about not matching chevrons. Ouch. To be honest, these shorts kinda hurt my eyes. But he likes them, and that's the main thing. I used the free Oliver + s Sunny Days Shorts pattern as a starting point for these dead simple knit shorts, but I serged the waistband in one go and then threaded the elastic more like the Nature Walk pants. No pockets, no nothing. Beyond easy.
I am looking forward to making some Sunny Day Shorts according to the actual instructions at some point, but for this quick 'n dirty operation, the pattern pieces were just fine. I am making a mental note that the length on the Sunny Day shorts is a bit shorter than I usually like with Joe, but it didn't matter here, as I just did a narrow zig-zagged hem.
Joe wore his eye-hurting shorts to school the next day and likes his new mama-mades! Thank goodness the shirt was dirty and in the wash. I expect that he'll want to wear them both at some point, and we'll all end up calling in sick with a migraine ...