Yesterday I promised to show you the other garments I sewed assembly line style when I made the Future Professional outfit for my kindergartener. When you have 4 sons, it really does end up easier sewing like an assembly line to keep them in clothes!
Thomas also needed some new dress clothes. I grabbed the same tried and true patterns in different sizes than the kindergartener, of course, and set to work.
His shirt pattern is the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom Patterns . I picked up two shirting fabric from JoAnn Fabrics, Plaid Shirting Checkered Fabric Blue and a saturated blue shirting not on their website.
There are 2 changes I made to the Ethan Shirt Pattern. I added collar buttons, as I usually do because my boys prefer them. And I made his shirts short sleeve because it was so hot when I sewed them for him. With a sweater or jacket they’ll easily extend in to fall and winter wear. And to give credit where credit is due, Allegra sewed on all the buttons on these shirts!
The Pants Pattern is Classic Chinos by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I sewed him two pairs, one in Sew Classic Bottomweight Stretch Sateen Fabric – Medieval Blue from JoAnn Fabrics and the other a classic khaki twill, also not on their website.
Beside the standard size adjustments I make for Thomas’s tall and skinny frame (size 8 width, size 12 length) I did make one other small adjustment to the Classic Chinos pattern; changing the position of the belt loops. As you can see in this photo, when centered directly over the pockets they cause some pulling open of the pockets while standing and even more while sitting.
So as you can see in this photo, we adjusted the belt loops to be on the outside of the pockets, and no more pulling. You can also see wrinkles on these pants due to being worn for several hours before photographing, but when you can get a tween boy to stand still and agree to pictures, you take what you can get!
The khaki pants were not sewn assembly line style with the two blue pairs of pants, because I decided it would be easier to sew them separately than to change the thread color at every step.
Thomas is delighted to have some new dress clothes. His belt is his own creation, a leather working project for 4H this year. He received high honors for it and wears it with pride, a blue ribbon and a reserve champion ribbon.
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5 thoughts on “Ethan Shirts and Classic Chinos”
I love seeing handsome outfits for boys! Great sewing, Mama. AND great job on that belt, to your boy! Fantastic!
These look great, Audrey! I will have to check out the chinos pattern for my tall, skinny boys. I just bought some ready to wear pants for my oldest and the fit is not great. They are barely long enough and way too big in the waist. Thomas’ pants look much better on him!
You are one talented & innovative momma! Awesome work & details.