I love these two boys and I love sewing for these two boys! This project was born out of the need to do some scrap busting. You see, my friend and fellow tall seamstress over at Sew Journers put out a free spreadsheet called Stash Shrinker. The idea is to choose a multiplier and only buy fabric when you use up a certain amount of fabric so you can shrink instead of grow your stash. Well I set my multiplier rather high. My goal is to sew 5 times the amount of fabric I buy until I sew 100 yards, and then change my multiplier to 2. Yes, my stash is large, and I’m serious about shrinking it! And then something else happened.
One day I decided to refold and sort my knit fabric, and Aria kindly stuck by my side through the whole project. She was very insistent I get rid of scraps smaller than 1 yard and fabric we’d never use. It was all very encouraging and inspiring to end up with only useable cuts of fabric, just ready and waiting to be chosen and sewn!
I did talk Aria into letting me keep a few scraps that were smaller than 1 yard, but only as many as could fill a small box and only if I had a purpose for them! That’s when these 2 Oliver + S Field Trip raglan tees were planned.
The green fabric is organic bamboo cotton jersey fabric left from an unblogged Skyline Skort. It’s super soft and very lovely to sew. I wanted to sew similar shirts for the boys without being identical.
David’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and gray double knit fabric leftover from making this Jade skirt for Allegra. David is a great older brother, he’s so kind and patient most fo the time with his younger brother.
Little brother Lowell’s shirt is sewn from the green bamboo knit and the gray knit fabric leftover from this skirt of Allegra’s, I think!
Photoshoots with these two are always a blast. From showing me their muscles, to putting their hands in the wrong pockets, to laughing uproariously at the bunny ears on the photographer, there’s never a lack of photos to choose from.
We use this raglan pattern to make the boys tees often, and it’s really good. My only complaint is the neckband. We’ve added 1/2” to the width and that has kept it from rolling to the inside. But now it seems to stick up away from their necks. It’s only a tiny thing, but I’m going to keep working toward getting a perfect neckband for this pattern. The boys are not complaining…they both welcome the new shirts!
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