Tag Archives: Seth’s Clothes

White Sketchbook Shirt


I made Seth a new Sunday shirt using the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt pattern. But before I say anything else, I’ve got to say that the pictures I took of this shirt are poor quality. It was stormy and cold after church when I took them and I was in a big rush. But guess what! It was incredibly hard to get Seth to leave his Sunday clothes on long enough to get even these crappy pictures so they will have to do.

The pattern has a combined collar stand and collar.  I’ve used this pattern once before and so I knew that I didn’t care for that and I wanted a separate collar stand and collar this time. So I drafted a different collar and stand based off of Jon’s button shirt pattern that I use frequently.

I got the collar a little too tall this time, so it looks a bit floppy. I’ll have to shorten that for next time.


I had to do some slashing and spreading of this pattern to get it to fit Seth. He’s a very sturdy boy, but I also feel like this pattern runs a bit small. And short. I had to add several inches of length to the pattern, and Seth is average height.

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But I think it will do for church.

I think this is his "Please stop taking pictures and let me go in the house where it's warm!" face.

I think this is his “Please stop taking pictures and let me go in the house where it’s warm!” face.


Art Museum Trousers


Seth needed some new Sunday pants, so I used my Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers pattern to make him a pair. I’ve used this pattern a few times before and I really like it.

The pattern is for pants with an elastic waistband. I wanted these to be really nice dress pants, so I added a zipper. I used the fly pieces from one of my jeans patterns and just cut them a little smaller.


I used some stretch twill from fabric.com for these. It is great fabric-just the right weight with a slight bit of stretch.

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I also made Seth a new tie with my men’s tie pattern to go with these pants. We shortened the pattern to make it boy-size.


I am really happy with how these pants turned out. I think he looks pretty sharp in them!


Seth’s Small Fry Skinny Jeans (Two Pairs)

I made Seth two pairs of Small Fry Skinny Jeans for school. It took a long time to get pictures of him in them, but I finally bribed him enough to put both pairs on yesterday and let Jon take some shots.

I made these the same way that I made Ezra’s. Seth also hates pants with a zipper, but I told him he’s going to have to start wearing them sometime.

He wears long enough shirts that it’s not too big a deal anyway I guess.

I made a size 12 for him after adding a little bit to the outseam on the front and back pattern pieces. This is pair number one.

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Anyway, after I made the first pair I could see that I needed to lower the waistline in the front. He likes his pants to sit very low in the front, but there was too much fabric for him to ride them low without making the crotch a little too long. And when he pushed the pants down in the front, it pulled them down too low in the back.

I tapered down about an inch from the front outseam down to the center front. Then I scooped the back crotch seam out a little bit so that he could have a little more depth for his bum.

I think that made the second pair fit a lot better. He said he likes how the first pair fits, but he loves how the second pair fits.

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I really like this pattern. I think it’s hip and cool and all that. And by the way, Seth had a haircut shortly after we took these pictures. He really needed one!

Cords For Jon And Seth

In my last post, I talked about my school clothes making goals for my kids. I also have a goal for husband clothes-I want to make Jon two pairs of pants and a shirt for work before his 7 week summer break is over and classes start again.

I finished a pair of pants for him last week.

The dog matches.

The dog matches.

I used the same Burda pattern that I used for his last pair of pants. I made them the very same way, except that I tapered them a little bit more from the knee down this time.

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I used some stretch corduroy from fashionfabricsclub.com for these. The stretch in the fabric made them a little bit looser than his last pair, but I was having a hard time finding some medium weight corduroy that I liked that didn’t have any stretch in it.

The brown ended up being more reddish than it looked online, and that makes them look slightly 1970ish. But I think it’s ok.

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I had enough corduroy left over to make Seth another pair of Sunny Day shorts.


Now I have one whole outfit finished for him for school. Two more outfits to go.

I will probably make all the rest of the shorts I’m going to make for the boys out of the Sunny Day pattern. If I get a pattern to where it fits great, then I’m going to use the heck out of it! And my boys don’t mind having a lot of clothes from the same pattern. I think they prefer it.

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I think I put those yards of corduroy to good use. All that is left is a tiny scrap. Plus, matching is cool.


New Tops

I bought a cut of fabric last summer that was $2.99 a yard. It was so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up, but when it came it didn’t look all that great. The fabric was pretty thin and not the best quality and so it’s been sitting in my stash all year.

Last week I decided I was sick of looking at it just sitting there on the shelf so I made a top out of it using my Burda pattern. It’s the same pattern that I have used for my running tops.

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It’s definitely not my favorite shirt I’ve ever made, but they can’t all be super duper awesome, right? And I’ll definitely wear it.



While my machines were all set for sewing with knits, I decided to make Seth and Ezra each a t-shirt. School starts one month from today (yikes!) and I have a goal to make them three new outfits each.


I planned on keeping the shirts hanging nicely in the closet until school starts. But I am just not good at that! It almost pains me to see new clothes hanging in a closet without getting any use. So when I asked them to put the shirts on so I could take pictures of them, I let them keep wearing them the rest of the day. I figure they’re going to get stained very shortly after they start wearing them regardless of when the wearing starts.

I used my t-shirt pattern for both shirts. I color blocked Ezra’s like I did his last one.

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The pocket on the front is a bit big, but I dig it.


Seth’s color blocking was easy-I just made the sleeves, collar, and pocket one color and the body of the shirt another color.



I used Robert Kaufman’s laguna stretch fabric for both shirts. I can’t remember if I’ve already talked about this or not, but I’ve gotten very picky about what knit fabric I use to make our clothes. There have been a lot of cuts I’ve bought that ended up being paper thin and the stuff I made out of them got holes really fast so now I try to only buy fabric from designers I know make good fabric.

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Now to live it up this last month of Summer while making school clothes at the same time.


Sunny Day Shorts For All Three


I finished a pair of Sunny Day Shorts for all three boys. I love this pattern-it has a really cute fit and it’s very simple.

I added front pockets (just like I did in the pair I made for Owen awhile ago) and back pockets to all three pairs. I used the front and back pocket pieces from my Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo pants pattern.

I used scraps of stretch denim I had lying around for all of them. I love stretch denim for my kids because it has that extra give that comes in so handy when they’re running and tumbling around.

Seth’s pair:

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I had to add about 3″ of length to his pair because I think this pattern is too short for boys.


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His pair is too loose on him, but I didn’t realize that until I already had the waistband on. Next time, I’ll take the outseam in for him. And I also added length to his pair.

And Owen’s pair:

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I added rivets to his pair just for fun.

I didn’t have to add length to his pair because I cut a size 3T and he usually wears a 2T, but I did use 1 1/2″ wide elastic for his waistband and I only used 1 1/4″ in the other boys’ pairs, and I think that extra 1/4″ helped to make them longer too.

The summer is flying by so fast and I need to make all of them more shorts before the summer is over!