i did not predict how having a second boy would affect my sewing output. i should’ve – i’m a pretty practical person. but now i know that if i spend time sewing for O, two little fellas will be able to wear it. C now wears O’s handmade hand-me-downs, and it’s pretty darn cute.
plus i’m a firm believer in “boy clothes can be fun and exciting too,” especially when the kiddo has a say in them!
so once again, this guy gets to show off a whole new outfit.
O’s current favorite TV show is The Octonauts, an adorable little animated series about animal underwater adventurers that help save/learn about other creatures. it’s cute and educational and one of the few shows that doesn’t cause an argument at weekend morning cartoon time, because his sister loves to watch it too – bonus!
a gal i follow on instagram, Summer aka @sevenpretty, recently made a couple great pairs of Oliver + S Sailboat Pants (and then a top!). her taste is impeccable and it made me itch to sew O a new Sailboat Top for spring. he’s had one to fit him through most of his life so far (here and here – that second one lasted a really long time). so here’s the next size up.
i remembered when i made this version for Miles that it ran a bit short in the body in relation to the arm length/body width. so for O’s top, which is also a 3T, i added 1” length to the body. probably should’ve made a 4T but this one was already traced, so…
i lined up the front and back body pieces at the hems (which are curved), and used a ruler to slash the pattern across the middle. then i sandwiched and taped an inch of tracing paper in each to create the longer body. the fit seems a bit more in proportion as a “sweater” and should last him a while.
i thought i had gotten this great slubby aqua and gray knit from the Bolt remnant bin but i recently spotted the exact same stuff on a bolt at Modern Domestic, so maybe they both got it? it’s a hemp/organic cotton blend, i believe. it’s a great weight and i love it and it looks quite nautical, eh?
i’ve still never made a Sailboat Top out of a woven material, and i’ve still never made it for a girl. I just love it in heavier knits for boys! i sewed this one with a straight stitch, ballpoint needle, and my walking foot, then i finished the seams with my serger. the easy fit and buttons at the neck make a straight stitch work fine (unless he tries to take it off without unbuttoning, grrrrr).
O is actually way more excited about the shorts than the top. first of all, he’s thrilled that the weather has warmed up enough for us to allow him to wear shorts again on a regular basis (he tried all winter). i had originally thought the color of the top looked very “Octonauts-esque,” so i made shorts to coordinate with it and really sell the look to him.
he asked for a “Calico Jack” on the shorts…a minor character in the show; Kwazii’s grandfather apparently? both kids drew me photos of him which was pretty cute, but i looked some images up online before painting a patch freehand with fabric paint.
O asked for it to be a pocket instead of a patch, so i obliged! smart idea, buddy.
the shorts fabric is a nice twill left over from this outfit, with cream twill tape stitched over the side seams. the pattern is Dana’s KID shorts in a 4T, cut straight across but at the racer length. i opted for the full elastic waist. it’s a super quick sew, doesn’t take much fabric, and i love the fit.
he’s off to save a trapped yeti crab or something.
TO THE RESCUE!