Project Run and Play - Designing for a Boy

It all started with this.


Yes, it is a polka dot crib sheet. When baby E. was born five months ago, I kept looking at her crib sheet during midnight feedings, thinking, "Hmmm, that would make a nice button down shirt for Eli." I know, I am weird. Well, it almost did. I envisioned this cool, urban outfit - a shirt and distressed black jeans. Can't you picture it?

I cut the pattern pieces and everything was going smoothly. I finished the cuffs. They looked perfect, just what I wanted them to look - the right size and nicely topstiched. And then, the disaster happened. It actually happened when I cut the pattern pieces, I just didn't notice in time. Somehow, I cut two sleeve pieces exactly the same, so one sleeve had the closure and the buttons on the back, and one on the front. Sigh. What an idiot. Since I didn't have any more fabric left, I had to cut off my perfect cuffs and make it into a short sleeve shirt.



I still think it's kind of cool, doesn't quite have the urban feel I was going for. Eli liked it.

 
The pants were a refashion project from a pair of super expensive designer jeans I got for a $1.00. That's right, one dollar. It did have a rather sizable hole in the crotch area. Hooray for holes! They have a real fly with the functioning zipper, and extra patches on the back pockets. That was Eli's contribution to the design.


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12 comments

  1. I love it! I think it turned out great, short-sleeves and all! :D

    Too, your link isn't working on PR&P. I looked you up from my blog. :D

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  2. It's working now! :D I still love that you used a baby sheet for the shirt!

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  3. OH NOOOOO hate it when i make such silly mistakes, though they never seem to STOP happening.. lol Oh well it's all part of the adventure right? it still turned out really great, nice job!

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  4. What a pretty boy! I was just thinking that you are only sewing for the girls for this project :) a very nice outfit, I love the shirt in dots and also the jeans are very fancy!

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  5. I love this fabric for a boy's shirt and it looks fantastic. Shame about the sleeves but at least you could save it.

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  6. Great shirt!! I use all kinds of things - especially sheets as fabric :)

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  7. Oh, my goodness! I had that happen when making a blouse for my daughter. Only it was two right fronts! I had to start over as I didn't have anymore of the print fabric. I ended up making a solid. Your shirt is perfect on your son and the jeans are great. I love that you were able to refashion them from an existing pair!

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  8. The shirt looks great! I would never have thought to use an old crib sheet, but the design is boyish and it turned out really well - good job!

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  9. We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along! http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/02/prp-sew-along-winter-2013.html
    With Love,
    Shaffer Sisters

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  10. We featured you on our blog. Thanks for sewing along! http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/02/prp-sew-along-winter-2013.html
    With Love,
    Shaffer Sisters

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