I love upcycling adult clothes into kids clothes! I used two different patterns here; Zee’s Tee by Tie Dye Diva & the Aviator Pants by Winter Wear Designs. I loved the aviators so much I actually sewed two pairs, and made my son a sassy “Messy Hair Don’t Care” shirt to go with it.
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If you’ve visited before, you know it drives me nuts that animals are arbitrarily gendered. My son loves cats as much as he loves dogs (and bugs and robots and trucks) so I added a cat applique to his top! I used the template, printed at 75%, from this blog post for the applique.
First, I’ll talk about the Zee’s Tee. He measured for a 3T but it was huge – so this is actually a 2T, with the yoke option. It is a very, very loose fitting shirt; it would be great for layering over an undershirt. This was the first Tie Dye Diva pattern I’ve sewn and the instructions were clear, no issues there! I think it’s nice that this pattern takes care of the color blocking for you; it’s easy to do once you’re more comfortable sewing and can figure the seam allowance, etc. in but having the pieces all set up is perfect for beginners (or lazy sew-ers, like me). I topstitched the yoke and shoulder seams, just to add some color. All fabrics are upcycled. The pattern also includes a colorblocked body, short sleeves, and a pocket option.
The aviator pants are one of my new fall favorites!! This orange & blue pair is a 3t with about an inch taken off the length in the middle. I used the 2T measurement for the ankle cuffs and added the elastic in the waistband. I was worried about the fit based off his measurements (18m for length, 3T for waist, 7!! for hips) and because he uses cloth diapers, but the 3T rise fit no problem. The pattern includes cargo and welt back pockets, but I skipped both of them, leaving the slash front pockets, because the last thing I need is more sticks and rocks going through my washing machine.
This picture quality is lacking, sorry, but I wanted to make sure and include a shot of the pants not being worn so you can see the cuffs better. This pair is a straight 3T and I love the cuffs because they allow that extra length without tripping him. The longer he can wear something, the better!
This is a recess raglan that I freezer paper stenciled up top, I couldn’t resist! All fabrics are upcycled. I love love the pop of accent fabric from the pocket and ankle triangles.
Perfect for running!
Profile shot, running away from me down the sidewalk.