Friday, April 9, 2010

Like Father, Like Son


With the Spring weather has come a whole new batch of inspiration for me...I've put the knitting needles down for a time and opened up the ol' sewing machine.

Before Landis was born, Luke and I were cleaning out closets, and I gathered up some of his discarded clothes, tossed them in a bag, and stuck them in my closet for later use thinking, "Surely these will be good for some boy clothes, right?" So the time came.

We bought this awesome romper for Landis a few weeks ago that looks just like a shirt Luke would wear (minus the snaps at the bottom!), and so I got inspired to turn Luke's old shirt into one. While it was a mind-stretcher for me, since I've never actually done anything like this before, it was super fun, and I was quite pleased with the result, even though I told everyone not to look too close because it was definitely full of imperfections! But that's okay, it gives it character right?

So it started like this...
(the only pic I could find of Luke
wearing this shirt, and no, he does
not play the guitar, he just dreams...)

I laid out the outfit, tucked and turned,
and added seam allowance, front along front,
back along back, to make use of button holes and seams,
sleeve on top of sleeve, to make use of hems,
and collar on top of collar...
pinned, then cut and sewed away...
I also added some cute pockets and sleeve tabs
and switched out the buttons.

So here's the final product....


and a handsome little baby, I might add...

I learned a new saying that fits quite well with
my experience, "What you sew, you shall also rip."

6 comments:

Naomi Smith said...

oh my WORD! that is fantastic!
. . . and you say you're not creative . . .

crazy talk I tell you! crazy talk!

Gabrielle said...

Naomi, how in the world do I get my little pictures to post next to each other? they work out right in the preview but then are always different in the real publishing...I never intended my blog post to look so loooooong!

Naomi Smith said...

(what's wrong with a long blog post, huh?)

I know, that totally drives me crazy too when the post doesn't look like the preview - - especially with that whole picture thing. I think I need to go into the HTML of the blog and change the width of the blog text box. I'll try that soon and let you know

Francey said...

No way!! I'm so impressed! Its darling, it turned out so well! What fun.

darcie said...

yes, I love it and the narrative of how it "happened"-I'm also encouraged by the quote; sometimes I think I'm the only one who has to rip. . .

Rachel said...

mom!!!! so YOU'RE the one i should blame! my seams get sewn 3-4 times before i'm satisfied with them (and even then, i'm satisfied with them only because i'm tired of ripping). just ask naomi.

very nice, Gab.