Saturday, July 7, 2012

"G" thing

This is my 700th post! How crazy is that!?!

Anyway, on to the sewing... Logan has developed a love for the letter "g". Not just any "g" either, it must be the fancy gothic "g" with 2 circles. So when he saw this shirt in the latest Ottobre he HAD TO HAVE IT.
Rather than using the Otto pattern (which I'd have to grade down a size to fit him) I used our new favorite pattern, the Kitschy Coo Dolman Top.
I made a few very minor changes to the pattern this time around. Logan is very happy with his first Dolman Top, but I thought the sleeve opening was a little snug, so I lowered the underarm seam 3/8 inch on both back and front. I also sewed the neckline with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, which raised the neckline slightly and also made the band a tiny bit wider. I think this makes it look a little more boyish, but the neck opening is still plenty large for easy dressing and comfort.
The "g" is painted on with fabric paint using a freezer paper stencil, which I traced from the "g" applique pattern in the Ottobre magazine. I like this tutorial from Dana at MADE for the freezer paper stencil technique in general. To give this one a bit of a blotchy, vintage screenprint look, I glopped the paint on and smeared it into the fabric with my fingers. The kids had a blast helping with this part. And Logan LOVES his new "g" shirt.

13 comments:

  1. I love it! Cute child brought to you by the letter 'g.'

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  2. Hooray for "G"--my initial! Cute shirt. Get ready to make more as he develops an interest in other letters!

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  3. You know, when I saw that shirt in Ottobre I wondered why anyone would want a big "G" on their shirt.... but clearly I (once again) underestimated the marketing genius of those Finns. Because clearly they knew something about small boys that I did not (which isn't saying much, actually).

    I LOVE that blue on blue, that's one cooool shirt.

    Possibly you should show him a few ampersands.

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  4. What adorable taste he has. I noticed the wider neckband and really like it for a boy shirt.

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  5. 700--you put me to shame with your prodigious sewing/blogging!
    I really like the way the neckline looks with the slightly wider band--little change, big difference.

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  6. Very nice! Nifty color, nifty shirt. Adorable child! I liked the story. My daughter did the same with the letter "W". Only she liked the sound of it. We let her name her first kitten. Guess what it was named! :D - The Goose Mother

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  7. I quite like that style of g as well! Logan has good taste. It's a lovely shirt and congrats on 700 posts! g

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  8. Pretty funny, the things on which children fixate, isn't it? Your dolman top is really getting a workout; this is another great version!

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  9. Do you have the book, Click Clack Moo? I think it has the fancy "g".
    "G"reat shirt.

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  10. So when I saw the title of this post I thought it was a continuation of your bridal series, that you made a g-string for the bride to be?
    Gosh I crack myself.
    That is one nice looking g.

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  11. Your son is so lucky to have someone like you to sew for him! Cool shirt and wow what an achievement on those postings!!!

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  12. How funny! The 'g' is very cool.

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