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thegreencateye.com Seersucker Pants

Actually, I guess these pants stopped being “basic” once I started drafting changes to the pattern.  I started with Dana’s Kid Pants pattern (it’s free, it’s great, it’s ridiculously adaptable and easy to grade up/down–check it out!).  After testing the as-is pattern with some knit fabric (which could be used as pajama pants regardless of the outcome), I knew they needed to be a bit bigger.  After a horrible alteration that made the rise too high and the hips too wide, I realized that hasty and uncareful grading wastes so much more time than it saves!  So back to the drawing board again,  I tested one last time, and they worked out great.  More on that evolution later, but for now, on to the seersucker (which I totally copied from Dana–only hers are better with the black)!

Inseam Pockets Detail Seersucker Pants

I wanted these to look a little cleaner, so I altered it to move the pockets to the inside (that’s “inseam pockets,” right??), and I added a white jersey knit lining.  More additions: back patch pockets that are barely visible with this fabric, flat-front, and a weird-Ashley-cheater-method of an adjustable waistband.  I’ve done the inseam pockets adjustment thing before on some other pants, so that was cake.

Back Pocket Detail Seersucker Pants

The back pockets look better in person and on his bum, I promise.

Even though I know how to do an adjustable waistband, I really didn’t feel like messing with buttonholes in the fabric to make an adjustable waist possible. Little Man is not a fan of adjustable waistbands as it is, so I was pushing my luck on these pants in the first place.  I wanted to conceal those buttons from his skin as much as possible–I never can understand how having a button smashing into your sides could be comfortable anyhow.  I didn’t take pics of my process, so hopefully you can see from the finished product. This way allows me to tuck the button in a little as well.

Adjustable Waist Detail 1 Seersucker Pants Adjustable Waist Detail 2  Seersucker Pants Adjustable Waist Detail 3 Seersucker Pants

The unfortunate part of these pants is that my test pants used a wider elastic…I didn’t account for that when making these pants (face-palm).  This causes them to sag  and shift downward to where pants are supposed to sit on him.  But they still fit pretty well, and I made the hem deep enough that I can let it down if he grows too tall before the waist stops fitting.  Also, the fabric was a light blue pinstripe seersucker from Joann that I thought looked great–light and beachy, hello!–but after putting them on him, my husband’s first words were, “They kinda look like pajama pants.”  Now that’s all I see.  I think if dressed up enough, I will be able to get past it.  But they do look like pajama pants.  They will still get worn!! LM loves them!

thegreencateye.com Silly Goose Outfit

I swear it was actally really bright when I took this pic!

Last thing, I’m linking this and the Silly Goose Hooded Henley (sans goose) into The Sew-Off Kids Clothes Week and Sew-vivor Buttons week.  I know these don’t utilize gobs of buttons, but both of these were on my to-sew for spring list and happened to fit the themes.  Yay for me and saving time! 😀

Thanks for looking!  I’ve still got more to share!

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For as long as I can remember, Little Man has had an obsession with birds and fish.  Shortly before the holidays last year, we discovered the “Suzy Goose” series by Petr Horacek.  We both quickly fell in love with the goofy and oblivious Suzy Goose.  This series then led to the request for more goose books from the library (not unusual…we tend to have the max amount of books allowed for check-out at one time, and they also tend to feature one certain subject/animal.)  The kid loves books.  After cycling through many, many goose books, and reading them over and over and over, I had the brilliant idea to make my 3-year-old Little Man a goose shirt.  Not one that would be overkill, but would be subtle (see the last post where I mention this idea).  After seeing Rae’s tuturial for a hooded henley, I had the idea solidly mapped in my mind, but decided to add even a little more spunk to mine with a contrasting waistband and a front pouch.

thegreencateye.com Silly Goose Hooded Henley

I took slow and careful time to put this shirt together.  I picked up a few new skills along the way too.  I’ve never added trim to a hood that extends into a placket.  I’ve never made a knit placket (and will probably do things a little differently next time).  I’ve never added a binding to pouch pockets or sewn buttons through stretchy layers.  I learned quite a bit from this shirt, and I’m honestly amazed that it turned out as well as it did.  (And yes, I do see those flaws…I’ll get to them in a minute…)

Hood Trim Detail Silly Goose Hooded Henley

I used a plain white cotton jersey knit from Hancock for the main fabric, and a pastely-neon yellow interlock knit for the bindings and cuffs and waistband (the same as the megaphone shirt in my last post–again, it doesn’t photograph accurately…also not when it’s an overcast day outside.).  He loves yellow.  I know orange would make more sense for a goose shirt’s trimmings, but I couldn’t find any locally.  I don’t want to start an online ordering obsession…It wouldn’t end well. 😉  The buttons are a bit more canary yellow than neon, but they’re about as close as I could get.

Pouch Detail Silly Goose Hooded Henley

I drafted the hood, pouch pocket, cuffs, and waistband from a zip-up that fits him well. The base of the shirt is a flashback skinny tee in a size 5T for my three-year-old(have a mentioned my love for this pattern?! Seriously, buy it!).  Yeah, he’s a biggin’.  Not fat–he’s actually quite skinny.  He’s just extremely tall.  This shirt pattern has been a God-send!

Placket Detail Silly Goose Hooded Henley

I am always uber careful to avoid stretching knits when they aren’t supposed to be stretching.  But somehow, my stupid mommy brain forgot that also applied to the placket!  When I was fidgeting with getting the two layers neatly arranged for those buttons, it looked great and perfectly aligned!  Then it sat for a few minutes post-buttons-being-sewn-on.  Oops.  It shrank back to its original size and now looks crooked and the buttons misplaced.  Did I mention I learned a lot from this shirt??  Add that to the list. Rae says to put interfacing in the placket area to make it stronger for buttons or snaps, but since I was sewing the buttons through all layers without buttonholes, I skipped it.  I may go back and fix the buttons later, but the more likely outcome is that I stop caring and do better next time.  Cuz there will definitely be a next time.  I also don’t like that little pucker under the placket where it was overlapped.  With the method used in the tutorial, this seems to be inevitable (unless I misunderstood how to do it…which is quite possible in my naptime/distracted rush of sewing).  That’s another reason I think I will change it up a bit next time.

Cuff and Waistband Detail Silly Goose Hooded Henley

I love the contrast stitching on the pouch and throughout the shirt.  Since the shirt is white, the stitch lines around the armholes and such that get stretched give little peeks of the yellow thread as well.

Did you notice what’s missing?  Yeah.  That goose.  The goose I was so excited about.  After I finished sewing it and explained that I was planning to paint a small goose on it next to the placket, he told me he didn’t want me to.  Yes, I was stunned.  I asked him at least 132 times if he was sure, and he was adamant that no goose was to be on this shirt.  He said he liked it and would wear it, but no goose.  Okay.  Less work for me, I suppose.  If he ever changes his mind, you’ll be seeing that goose!

thegreencateye.com Silly Goose Outfit

There is a pair of pants I planned to pair with this shirt, but to keep things a quick(er) read for you (yeah, I know I’m wordy…I just can’t help myself), I’ll save it for my next post.  I’m also going to link this outfit up to the Sew-vivor buttons week sewalong and The Sew-Off Kids’ Clothes week (no, I’m not auditioning!).

Thanks for looking!  I’ve got more in the works! 🙂

In elementary school art class, we were given an assignment to write a small essay about an artist and do a project inspired by that artist’s work.  My fourth grade creative brain decided on Andy Warhol.  I love the combination of bold colors and simple imagery that altogether become something amazing.  I still love bold color (you can expect to see plenty more around here!) and I especially love creating imagery that is simple but means something.

thegreencateye.com Megaphone Shirt

When I was planning 3-year-old Little Man’s spring/summer wardrobe, I knew I wanted some flashback skinny tees (hi, who wouldn’t?? The pattern is awesome!), but I wasn’t sure what I wanted on them.  LM isn’t too picky about his clothes yet, but he definitely prefers the ones with his current obsessive interest incorporated somehow.  I don’t  like plastering my kid with characters and such, but I do like to give a subtle nod to what he loves.  Fun for him, exciting for me that he wants to wear what I make for him.  When perusing a new (to me) fabric site, I came across a DC Shoes knit with tiny megaphones all over it.  The colorways weren’t really our style, so I decided against it. Until I had a lightbulb moment of inspiration and realized, “Duh, Ashley!  You can totally paint that onto a shirt!”  So I did. 😀

thegreencateye.com megaphone shirt detail

Why the megaphone fascination in the first place, you ask?  LM watches a few episodes of the PBS show Super Why! and has his faves.  His current one is technically about Cinderella, but he takes away the part where Little Red calls into a megaphone, “Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn! I want to finish playing our song!”  I know this line easily by heart not because I’ve seen the episode too many times, but because he will shout it from various rooms while incorporating it into his very imaginative play (please tell me I’m not the only one!).  He’s always asking for a megaphone!

Thus, this shirt was born.  I used a freezer paper stencil for sponging the paint on and a fabric marker to trace it and add the details.  It’s very likely to crack after a while with so much paint, but I like a vintagey look, and LM loves his new megaphone tee!  By the way, that tee was originally a thrift store shirt that I hacked apart at the seams and used the flashback pattern to cut a new shirt out of the fabric.  The yellow trim is actually somewhat pastel neon yellow interlock from Joann that is impossible to capture on camera (and is also sparkly on the underside, an accidental purchase that turned out okay, but that’s a story for another day…).  Total cost–maybe $3.50 at the most.  Can you say bargain?!

thegreencateye.com Megaphone Tee

Oh yeah, I’m adding this shirt into the Project Run and Play sewalong for their inspired-by-art week this week.  My brain was psychically connected and knew there would be such a week when I was doing my planning, cuz I’m amazing like that. Either that, or it was a coincidence.  But I’m not saying which one. 😉  Anyhow, to do so, I’m begrudgingly combining his shirt with some pants I made for the Sew In Tune sewalong a few weeks ago.  I don’t even want to talk about these unwearble pants (okay, maybe later), let alone promote them even more, but I felt the need to “complete the look.”  So, here they are.  In all their dorky glory…

thegreencateye.com Pop Art Outfit

Thanks for looking!  And sorry for any goofiness here on the brand spanking new blog…I’m still figuring out how to use this thing! 🙂