Monday, June 26, 2017

Sew Americana 2017

Sew Americana 2017

Wild & Wanderful is back at it again this year for Sew Americana. This is such a fun tour to follow along with! So much great inspiration for Fourth of July outfits for the entire family. Last year, I made an Americana inspired quilt for my stop on the tour. This year, I made a red, white and blue outfit for Thomas he can wear all year round. Well, not the shorts. You know what I mean.


So, this guy is seven and we are getting more and more into the "big kid" style of dress. He doesn't really go for characters or cartoons on his clothing. Which is cool. Solids and classic patterns like this red and white gingham by Riley Blake on sale at Phat Quarters are usually cheaper and easier to find.


I used Peek-a-Boo's Classic Oxford (a staple here) for a camp style shirt. I adore that touch of blue Kona cotton for the lining of the collar stand. If a boy's shirt could symbolize summer, this one would be it. 



Thomas's tank is a pattern hack that I'm currently working on. Look for it next week on the Love Notions blog! He loves these tanks and has four of them in his closet already. This light denim cotton lycra one was perfect for his Fourth of July look.


His jean shorts were an unexpected element of this look. I'm typically not a fan of denim shorts. But, I saw a pair of his dad's old jeans in my upcycle tote and the wash was just too perfect to ignore. We live in the mid-west, so it's very likely going to be 90 degrees on the Fourth, so shorts were my only option.


I used the existing hem to keep the worn look and did some random "scratches" (What Thomas calls it.) stitching in a couple of places for a distressed look. The side seam was also kept in tack. To do this, I taped the front and back pattern pieces together along the side seam, overlapping the seam allowance. Crazy quick sew! And he loves these! And honestly, I do too!






And this is Thomas's look for the Fourth. I know we will get lots of use out of these pieces both together and as separates.

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9 comments:

  1. Your boy is adorable! I only have a daughter so deciding on things for my nephews seems like an impossible task. I may have to recreate your button up because it is splendid!

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  2. Very classic and well put together outfit! I love it!!!!! And upcycling is SO FUN! Which pattern did you use for the shorts? I don't think I saw you mention that!!

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  3. That gingham shirt is to die for, and Thomas' outfit is adorable! What a great way to re-use old jeans!

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  4. I love that camp shirt...wish my son would wear them again! That is such a great boy outfit and definitely wearable outside the 4th.

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  5. Holy cow Kelly! This outfit is seriously cool. A button-up AND legit jean shorts- you're amazing!

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  6. That shirt is my favorite part of the whole outfit - the red and white fabric is AMAZING!!

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  7. I like the "scratches" on his shorts! Such a fun detail - and that binding on the shirt collar is perfect!

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  8. Love!! My son is much younger and loves character clothes right now, but I love dressing him in prints/solids. Love the versatility of everything! :)

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  9. Kelly, I just love everything you make. This is such a fun wardrobe choice for your boy without being cheesy.

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