There’s something inspirational going on this year. Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It. You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month. I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year. It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal! I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.
For the next entry in Project Sew It – my version, I sewed 2 garments for a nephew and niece. They don’t share the same birthday, it’s just that Aunt Audrey is a little behind…again!
Since my first entry in Project Sew It was for siblings, and this month it’s the same, I thought it would be fun to again make some garments that are matching, but not too much!
I started with a Parachute Polo for my nephew, O. I could hardly believe he is wearing such a big size when his Mom sent me his measurements! And just like the first time, I decided to save time and sew 2 shirts at one time. So when I was making David his polar bear Parachute Polo, I also sewed one for O.
Now I have to pause for a moment of honesty here. When I chose this fabric to make this shirt, I decided to use it up because I wasn’t too fond of the color. It’s fantastic fabric, Birch Organic knit fabric from Fabric Worm. But the color just wasn’t doing anything for me. Then I went hunting in my stash for a coordinating color for the collar. There just wasn’t anything in the brown or green or even colors that was floating my boat. But when I grabbed the blue (leftover from Aria’s Kelly Skirt) and wham! I was in love with this shirt! I really, really had to force myself to mail it off to my nephew I ended up loving it that much.
It was that fabric guiding the gift for his sister, T. I don’t get to see these kids as much as I’d like, but from photos I see of them, I’ve gotten the impression that T is all girl and loves to dress in a feminine way. With that in mind, I returned to my latest favorite skirt pattern for girl’s, Thread Faction #106. I chose this light knit fabric for 2 reasons, it coordinated with the Parachute Polo shirt I’d just made, and for the hack I was planning.
For this version of Thread Faction #106, I made it a double layer skirt by cutting out 2 skirts, a pair of shorts, and attaching them both into the waistband at that step. Easy and stunning effect!
I used some of the fabric from the Parachute Polo for the waistband of this skirt to cement in the matching status of the two items.
And here is little O looking so dapper in his new shirt!
His Mom says his shirt fits as if it was custom made for him! 😉