I often find myself gravitating towards the many adorable patterns and fabrics for girls. Unfortunately this results in my little guy getting very few homemade items. The poor kid is always asking if my projects are a shirt for him or if I've started working on his Jake costume yet. He's so patient and sweet. So he was super excited when he learned this shirt really was for him. I love that he asks for "the shirt that mommy made me".
I've been on an upcycle kick lately (see here, here and here). This one started out as my husband's shirt, but a random little hole on the front (I swear I didn't make it on purpose) made the shirt unwearable. So this seemed like a great time to make a mini me shirt, using the Perfect Polo Pattern by Melly Sews.
I cut out the 2T pattern, he's 3 yrs, but a little small for his age. The 2T fit perfect, although I might add an extra inch to the length next time. I made two changes to the pattern, I omitted the saddle shoulders and used snaps instead of buttons. He likes that he can do the snaps by himself.
This was my first time sewing a collar, the pattern notes said this could be a tricky part to work with. I found myself rereading steps and studying the pictures for the placket and collar quite a bit, but was able to pull it off with few problems. Phew. For these pieces I used a different grey t-shirt for contrast.
The shirt is a great staple for his 3 yr. old wardrobe. It's perfect playing in the park, climbing trees and hiding from mommy in tree trunks. This was his way of telling me he was all done with pictures.
Daddy's shirt before it was cut apart. My two handsome boys.
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