5.16.2011

summer sewing for the boy

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A little bit of summer sewing before I pack up the machine.

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My dashiki with a deconstructed collar.  I'm saying 'deconstructed' like I meant to do it, but fact is that I goofed and put it on the wrong way.  But, now that I decided to pretend like I meant it all the while, I sorta like the frayed edge look.  Relaxed and beachy looking, yes?

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I just noticed the nasty skeeter gnawing on my boy's neck.  Grrrr.

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It has been suggested that in addition to the tutorial, I also make up a full pattern for those who are not pattern-making inclined.  Would anyone else be interested?  What sizes should I aim for?

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I have plans to make up a few more of these dashikis, along with the shortening of the ankle exposing pants into shorts for the summer.  The dashikis are nice for sun and bug protection, with their longish sleeves, but still loose and comfortable in warm weather.  While I probably won't be able to keep his shirt on all summer - both my kids would rather be nekked than anything - but I'll have better luck with this style than a hot, stuffy t-shirt. 

I'm still debating about whether I'll put the collar on the right way next time or not.

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14 comments:

  1. i think it looks great with the collar as it is!!

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  2. Yes yes and yes to the tutorial! I sew for nieces; if you can possibly make them for 7, 4, and 1 year-ols, I'd be really excited. It is a great looking shirt.

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  3. I like it "deconstructed" also! That's a happy accident!

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  4. I can't decide if I like it "deconstructed" also or would like it better the other way. I really like the shirt though and a pattern would be awesome! size 5/6 would be great. TeeHee. Sounds you might as well make it for sizes 1-8. Because you you have nothing else to do right? Haha. Great shirt. Wish I could just make something up like that!

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  5. Really like the collar "mistake"! Makes it so unique!

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  6. I LOVE the collar oops! It makes it feel even more beachy. I'd love to make this for my kids (and even for me too) who range in size from 18 mo. to 4 yr. If you made it in a large range of sizes I could even whip some up for my nieces and nephews!

    Have fun with those cuties!

    lumiya2643@gmail.com

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  7. I second the 5/6 size! And adult size :) Actually, I could probably figure out how to make it bigger if I really felt inclined to.

    You do such great work, even your mistakes are awesome;)

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  8. I really like the collar as it is as well. It gives it texture and a fun summer casualness.

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  9. another vote for sizes 18 mo and 4T!
    Also, do you have any details on the fabric you used? It's perfect!

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  10. Thanks all!

    Judean, the material is shirt fabric, the kind they sell for making mens' button down shirts, so it's probably a poly-cotton blend. I bought many meters several years ago and I've been working my way through it since. I think there is only 1/4 left :D

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  11. Oh yes, sizes 1 year to 8 sounds great to me. Could you also make a little time for me to sew it too? In fact why don't you just come over for a tea and sewing day. My biggest can watch the kids and hey, I'll even supply the material.

    Miss you friend!
    Anita

    p.s. You know, a matternity pattern would be cool too.

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  12. The collar does look great, don't you love those happy accidents? What a lucky boy! Speaking of sewing projects, have you spotted all the great freebies over at www.WeAllSew.com? Great inspiration!

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  13. Hey, really nice collection. liked it and thanks for sharing this blog. keep it up !!!!! :) :)

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  14. Yes yes, make a pattern! I have a 6m and a 3yr old, so those sizes would be great.

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