It’s fun having a little(ish) one to sew for. My oldest nephew just turned 4, and I’ve always loved figuring out things to sew for him. I mostly try to stick to things that he’ll enjoy wearing. Personally, I love a good button-up and didn’t realize that he’d be a good candidate for one until I noticed him wearing one recently. He lit up when I asked him about his shirt–the fabric was festive–and so I knew it was only a matter of time, before I’d be making one for him myself.
While at my local fabric shop a couple of weeks ago, I let him pick out some fabric.
After only a little debate, this jungle fabric was his choice. I threw in a bit of architextures for contrast in the collar stand.
Then, I found this fabric at Bunny’s. I’ve had a long obsession with Mini Coopers, plus I love grids, and of course my nephew loves Legos–so it was perfect.
The pattern that I used is by Alexia Abegg and can be found in her book, Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics. It was fast and easy, and I’ll definitely be making it again. There’s also a men’s version, so if I really wanted to go for it, I could make a matching shirt for my brother. Some father/son coordination could be adorable.