Sew in Tune is a super fun series hosted by MellySews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! I was so excited when these ladies asked me to be a part of their series since I haven't done
much any sewing for Ezra since he was born in July.
This shirt was created with the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Classic Oxford pattern (affiliate link) using pinpoint oxford purchased at A Fashionable Stitch. I have a LOT of room for improvement here! First, I should have made the buttonholes vertical. Doh. I'm not sure what I was thinking...maybe that I've never sewn this type of shirt before? I'll give myself a mulligan on that. Second, I shouldn't have used such stiff interfacing. Next time, I will go with something really lightweight. And finally, I added one extra buttonhole at the bottom before I realized it was too close to the bottom hem. So, this shirt ended up being about an inch shorter than the pattern called for since I had to essentially cut off a part and sew that extra buttonhole into the narrow hem. I made the 12mos size, and it was a tad big on Ezra. It would be fine except for that inch or so I cut off the bottom...now he doesn't really have much room to grow before he's too tall for this! Oh well. I will definitely be making more of these.
I used to be of the mind that sewing for boys was BOR-ING...and not fun at all. But my mind has been changed! Sewing for boys is great because it allows me to focus on little details and perfecting my technique rather than frilly fabrics and unique shapes. I love it.
The jeans are sewn in stretch denim from A Fashionable Stitch and from Ottobre 4/2013 - the Alvin Stretch Baby Jeans. I made a 74. Doh again! Way too big. I guess I overestimate my kids' sizes?! They were great practice though. The hat is the Fedora Hat from Elegance & Elephants (affiliate link), and it is just brilliant. I used this lovely linen my friend Juliette gifted me (the navy gingham in the shirt lining, too! Thank you, dear!) and Bemberg lining for the inside. It was a little tricky to get all those curvy seams put together, but practice makes perfect...
Next, the vest...Oh, the vest. Isn't it just the cutest??! Like the rest of this outfit (except for the hat), it ended up a bit big. I think I sewed the 18mos size...so that's really my fault. It came together brilliantly and in maybe half an hour. The fabric is from Joann, and the pattern is the Little Gentleman Vest by Peek-a-Boo Patterns (affiliate link). I definitely think Ezra needs more of these in his closet!
Finally, the tie (my favorite part of the whole ensemble!). This thing took about 10 minutes to make from shot cotton purchased at Elaine's Quilt Block, and I did it using the Little Man Tie Tutorial/Pattern (free!) on Very Homemade. It just makes the whole outfit!
The boots are hand-me-downs from big sister and were purchased a couple years ago at Savers. And these photos? Ha. My husband helped me schlep his cello 500 miles to our family vacation in Bishop, California just for this little setup. Pretty cute, huh?
My inspiration for this outfit was the ubiquitous fashion of Mumford & Sons. People seem to either love it or hate it, but I, for one, just adore it! It's classic but edgy and wearable all at the same time.
(Yes, I'm aware that the video below is a parody - not actually Mumford & Sons in the video. But this look was what I was going for!)
What do you think? Do you love sewing for YOUR little man as much as I do?!