We made it to the second week of Project Run and Play! Thank you so much for your votes last week and your feedback. The next round of voting is now open, you can visit Project Run and Play, HERE, to vote for your favorite outfit. This week, the theme is BOY and, as you’ve probably noticed, I don’t usually do “boy.” In fact, other than Halloween costumes and an embellished onesie here and there, this is the first outfit I’ve ever made for a boy. I hope it doesn’t show!
So…I may not have my own boys and I may not do a lot of sewing for boys, but I do know that boys love their gear! A place to stash Hot Wheels, rocks, tools, and dirt – that was my inspiration for this outfit. I wanted to create an outfit that was wearable and stylish, while also having plenty of storage.
I’m calling it the Mr. Carpenter look.
The outfit also has a long-sleeve knit shirt, accented with brown rib-knit around the neck and sleeves. The knit is soft and on the thicker side, making it easy to work with and comfortable to wear. I screenprinted a hammer on the front of the shirt for a fun emphasis on my theme. When I finished the shirt, I came running in to my husband waving it around, shouting “Are you sure you don’t want to try for a boy, honey? Look how cute!!” It was a funny moment….for me, that is.
For the sherpa vest, I used the same pattern that I made for the shirt, enlarging it slightly and sewing each seam wrong sides together, so that the fuzzy, sherpa lining was exposed. I folded back each seam and topstitched it down. The neckline and armholes are finished with brown rib-knit.
Finally, I created a little man tool belt with plenty of additional storage. The tool belt was made from vinyl and nylon strapping and lined with a construction-themed cotton print. It wraps around the waist and snaps together on a side flap.