well look at this, some legit KCW sewing happened after all. i sewed this just under the wire on day 7, after getting enough of my nesting out of the way that i was able to “indulge myself” in making another project that’s been brewing in my mind for months.
kind of funny what takes hold in my head sometimes – lately it has been a retro-style sweatshirt. i’ve noticed them in men’s fashion, both as basics and with interesting details (like color blocking, patches, piping, etc.) to them. and since O has now definitely grown out of the neon dinosweater i made during the Fall 2012 KCW, it was time to make another and finally scratch the retro sweatshirt itch.
i went pretty basic with the colors – army green and cream, with khaki topstitching. i added a star drawn onto some webbing for a little “Vintage Army” detailing, heavily influenced by Sabra’s fantastic boy looks for STYLO magazine (if you haven’t seen STYLO yet, please do yourself a huge favor and go check it out!).
i’m not usually into much of a military look for little kids, but in this case i thought O might appreciate a Sarge from “Cars” reference with the star and the color scheme.
he did appreciate it.
the fabric is a donate-pile cotton hoodie from my husband, a nice and heavy one that i knew would be great for layering in the springtime. the neckline and sleeves are rib knit from JoAnn, and the waistband is from the original sweatshirt. i did all the internal sewing on my serger but did honeycomb topstitching over the shoulders and on the v-patch at the neck with my machine. i might end up topstitching around the neckline too, we’ll see how much it flips up.
i looked up why sweatshirts have the little triangle at the collar and here’s the answer. mine is just appliquéd on. it seems to be a design element more than a practical one at this point, as a bunch of RTW shirts i examined in stores had either just the stitching or an appliqué; it wasn’t pieced in.
the pattern is the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee in a 3T (size up if you’re making this as outerwear so it can be layered!). i took just a little length off the sleeves and hem to compensate for the cuffs rather than hems like the pattern calls for, but i left them slightly long so he can grow into it over time.
i love how versatile this pattern is – i just sewed it as a pajama shirt, now it’s a sweatshirt, i’ve seen dress versions…all fun and cute! it’s totally fast to sew, the fit and shape are great, and it looks different each time depending on fabric choice. i especially love the look of raglans on little boys, so i plan to keep sewing these! so classic.
the Field Trip Raglan Tee, Playtime Leggings, and Seashore Bloomers are all now offered as individual PDFs from Oliver + S as i think i’ve mentioned before – a great way to try out their fantastic patterns at a lower price point. if you’ve never sewn one before, you should probably start your collection here and see why i’m always blathering on about how great they are. ;)
i’ve been sewing a lot more for this kid since i found out he’s getting a little brother that’ll be able to wear it all eventually. poor Em and her closetful of dresses she’s quickly growing out of. this spring i should probably work on that a bit!