Monday, October 21, 2013

Kids' Clothing Week Day 1

I am so excited to be participating in KCW this year!  I've enjoyed following all of the other bloggers and their amazing sewing in years past, and now I get to be a part of it too!  I knew this would be a busy week, so I have worked ahead a little bit.  But I will do my best to keep my commitment to sewing for my kids one hour each day :)

This is my first project:

It's an outfit for my 4-year-old, Norman.  I have three boys, and I LOVE to sew for them!  I like to sew for my daughter too, but boy's clothes are definitely my favorite.  

I purchased the shirt from LL Bean and then embellished it with a vintage television applique.  I had a really fun time playing around with the colors for the screen.  My stripes got a little wonky on the bottom row, but I still think it turned out great.  I have appliqued tons of tees for my boys over the years; this is definitely one of my faves.  I drafted the pattern for the applique myself.  I will ask my husband if he can help me make it into a PDF download so that you can make a cute tee also!

I have always loved engineer-striped denim because it reminds me of my grandpa who wore striped overalls to work on the farm almost every day.  I have looked for years to find fabric like this without luck.  But this fall Robert Kaufman came out with the perfect fabric!  It is denim weight, Railroad stripe fabric in navy.  I always reinforce the knees in my boys' pants to give them some extra wear.  For these, I also embellished the knees with some double needle stitching.  I used the widest double needle I could find (luckily my machine throat plate can accommodate it!), and I love the final look.  The pants are self drafted, roughly based off of Dana's pants tutorial at  

Thanks for stopping by, and come back soon!  I have lots of fun things planned for this week :)


  1. Wow, I love that TV! what a brilliant job :-)

    1. Thank you! I originally planned to do a silhouette of a vintage radio, but I think the t.v. was a much more colorful choice!

  2. I LOVE this!! Appliquéd shirts are my favorites, too, for boys, and this one is awesome!!

  3. Thank you! I agree--appliqued shirts are great for boys. I love it that I don't have to worry about fitting the garment, and I feel like I get a big reward for a little work :)

  4. This is the best! I am in love with that TV and can't believe you appliqued that, so awesome!

  5. love, love this applique! my son needs one! greatings from Spain!