Wearing his heart on his bum

February 1, 2013

Wearing his heart on his bum

The theme for Project Run and Play this week is ‘Valentine’s Inspired Wear’. Initially I didn’t plan to join in the sew along as I was struggling to think of boy ideas. A few days ago I had a sudden flash of inspiration though and couldn’t resist, then once I got started the ideas kept on flowing. The problem was getting everything finished in time for the deadline.

Heart on his bum

I started with the leggings. Both fabrics are a knit interlock that I bought here. Casper has decided recently that he doesn’t like kisses so it was too tempting to cover these in kisses. I just drew these on randomly with a fabric pen once I’d cut the pattern pieces out. To up the ‘Valentine’s factor’ I added a constrasting panel with a big red heart appliqued on it.

Wearing his heart on his bum

Finally I added some of the lyrics from ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles to customise the exposed elastic waistband. I used my digital cutter to cut out some vinyl and ironed it on. The pattern for the leggings is self-drafted.

Wearing his heart on his bum

Once the leggings were ready I really wanted to make a top to go with them. I haven’t made a full button-down shirt before so, in the spirit of learning new things with each project, I decided to go for it.

Arrow epaulette shirt

I really wanted to make it using knit fabric, so Casper can use it as a more casual shirt but can also dress it up a little. I stayed with the red and black colour scheme and used lots of pops of constrast top stitching on the collar, shoulders, placket and hems. My favourite part of the shirt is the arrow epaulettes with the black heart buttons. The arrows were pretty difficult to turn but worth the effort. I also wanted to add a couple of red welt pockets on the front and some red heart elbow patches but ran out of time.

Arrow epaulettes

I used a mash up of two patterns to get the look I wanted. The front, collar and placket are from the Sketchbook Shirt by Oliver + s in size 4 and the back is adapted from that pattern but I removed the yoke. For both the front and back I added 1″ on the bottom and also trimmed about 3/4″ off the sides. I then took the arms and armholes from the Flashback Skinny Tee Pattern in size 5. I got both fabrics from Fabricland and they were marked as ‘unknown content’. I think the black is an interlock and the red is a very thin jersey. I used lightweight non-stretch interfacing on all the red pieces and it worked really well. I sewed on five perfect buttonholes in a row this morning, which was a very pleasant surprise. The Oliver + s pattern instructions were really easy to follow and I’m looking forward to following it in full (with a yoke and sleeve plackets) with some woven fabric.

Wearing his heart on his bum collage

This is my second time taking part in the sew along and I really like the way it’s inspired me to try looks that I would not have thought of otherwise and also pushed me to turn something around quickly. I also love seeing what everyone else has made.

Wearing his heart on his bum collage


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  • Reply Jane@Buzzmills February 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! Oh WOW!! Those lyrics are awesome! The arrows!! Of course the bum! The details! Amazing job Laura. Oh, and with the rose, so sweet and adorable! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Reply celina February 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Your son just melt my heart! Can he get any more adorable? I love all the details and the customized elements, I love how fun & daring you are with your boys clothes. sewing for boys can be so hard sometimes, but it pushes us and makes for some amazing things. Yeah for the boys!!! I wasn’t going to participate either this week, but this sew along has a power I can’t explain! I feel like I’m sewing with friends, even if it’s 1 in the morning and I’m all alone in my dining room… You better be there next week 😉

  • Reply Jessica February 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Oh my goodness Laura, I’m in love with everything about this! There are just so many special details! I love that you made him leggings and I love that the whole thing is black and red. I kinda want to copy that shirt exactly for Hendrix. Brava!!!!

  • Reply Sally February 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    What a great look and the details on the shirt are great! Well done for your first time!

  • Reply abby February 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    As always, you’ve outdone yourself. Amazing detailing! I love the epaulettes. I want a pair of those leggings!

  • Reply Tara February 2, 2013 at 12:28 am

    SO cute! The red & black combo is always a winner–stunning!

  • Reply Michelle February 2, 2013 at 1:26 am

    This is such a great outfit! My daughter is a huge Beatles fan, and would flip over these.
    I absolutely love the arrow and the heart button on the shoulder.

  • Reply Heather Feather February 2, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Great job! I love this style for a boy for Valentine’s! You did great on all the details for your first time! I’m very impressed. My favorite parts are the x’s on the leggings and the arrow shoulder tabs. Good luck!

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  • Reply kristin February 3, 2013 at 12:11 am

    hehehe soooo cute! what a little romeo! love that you sewed for your little guy for valentine’s day; you’re a genius.

  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchins} February 3, 2013 at 5:59 am

    This is just TOO CUTE, and I love the heart buttons too!

  • Reply Major Moma February 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    The arrow epaulettes are GREAT! Love that detail.

  • Reply Max February 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

    This is seriously cool! I love it all but I especially love that shirt!

  • Reply Laura February 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks so much for all the lovely comments everyone, I really appreciate them.

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