Wednesday, July 16, 2014
All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition // A Visit to Rancho
Hello! It's day three of our series All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition and today I am sharing what I made for Henri. I am in love this boy and when I put this outfit on him I actually squealed at how cute he looked! And this picture will be printed and framed for our house. It is just too precious.
We each decided to do a theme for our outfits and photoshoots. I had to choose our absolute favorite place to visit and that is Rancho Los Alamitos.
Its a historic ranch that has 4 acres of gardens developed in the 20's and 30's as well as a restored working ranch barnyard. Horses, sheeps, goats, chickens, a tractor, plenty of room to run, so many fun things to explore and I have to say its so relaxing and just magical.
Enough about the location, on to the outfit! First are his shorts. I used the Oliver & S Sunny Day Shorts pattern and made some modifications. I knew that I would be using suspenders so I decided to do a flat front waistband with the elastic in the back only. I also topstitched the side seams, waistband and inseam. How cute are the cuffs with the button tab? I was inspired by some shorts I saw and Zara and I'm so glad I tried it out with these shorts. They are just perfect!
For his shirt, I used Dana's Basic Tee. Since the free pattern is for a size 4, I had to use one of Henri's existing shirts to get the correct size. I'll be honest, I had a tough time getting the neckline perfect. I think I took it apart 3 times before I said that its good enough! The fabric is from a women's shirt I found on clearance at Old Navy. I was able to save a few steps by using the existing hems, I love saving time!
I was going to just stop at the shirt and shorts but I had some extra time and decided that I would do something that has been on my list for almost a year. Replicating my favorite pair of moccasin booties that he outgrew. It was quite a process, and I still have a lot of work to do for a perfect fit, but I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!
The outer is made with some scrap leather and is lined with a gray melton wool and the sole is suede. I didn't have any shoe laces that were short enough so I had to use some ribbon. It worked but its not the most ideal, anyone have any resources for toddler laces?
I definitely plan to make a few more versions (as soon as I can get my hands on some more leather) and can't wait to get the pattern perfect.
In addition to being fun, this project was very affordable! By using free patterns and items that were already in my stash (and were either free or thrifted/on clearance) I was able to create this outfit for almost nothing!
I do hope you are inspired by the outfits we have created using these free patterns. We sure had a lot of fun creating them. Tomorrow we will each be posting some upcoming boys sewing plans (or another outfit!). Feel free to sew along and use the tag #allaboutboystheseries.
Oliver & S Sunny Day Shorts
Fabric: Repurposed a thrifted mens linen shirt
Modifications: Lengthened to account for rolling and the button tab. Flat front for the waistband and added topstitching.
Dana's Basic Tee
Fabric: Repurposed a women's shirt from Old Navy
Suspenders from H&M
Leather Moccasin Booties
Fabric: Leather outer, melton wool inner, suede sole