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Thursday, January 24, 2013

PR&P (week 3): Andy's 1950's (Reversible!) Suit

This week's theme at Project Run & Play is "Boy's Week." This is right up my alley, since my most willing model is my 2-year-old Andy.
For this week's challenge, I decided to make a size 3 version of some shorts I made him last year. They were one of my favorites, but quickly outgrown.

For this outfit, I found a navy corduroy with no ribs. It is smooth like velveteen, but more boyish. I also choose a coordinating check in navy and light blue on white for the reverse of the shorts. I was inspired by a 1950s pattern for these shorts, which I have in sizes 1, 2, and 4. I drafted my own to a size 3 and altered it so that it would be lined rather than have facings. The reason for this was to make the shorts reversible!

Here is the reverse side. I love both fabrics and I think they will look great for spring. These will be great to wear for church. I just stitched a button on both sides of the suspenders. There is elastic in the back waistband to give a snug fit.

Guess what? I also made the little sweater! This was such a fun project! I bought a size 6 sweater at a consignment shop for $2. I used a Kwik-Sew pattern for a t-shirt as my base. I cut the fronts and the backs so that the ribbing would be at the waist. I also cut the sleeves from the bottom of the (formerly) long sleeves. Then I assembled it and used the neck ribbing at the new neckline. I used a stretch stitch so that it maintains its integrity as a stretchy sweater. 

Here's a view of just the sweater. I will definitely be making more of these!

Here are views of both sides of the shorts.
I love the little suits for boys from the 1950s and this is just what I was dreaming of!!


Bratling said...

Hmmm.... I think I have a pattern like that. Illness and the fact that my sewing machine is still in the shop makes it so I won't be participating this week, so good luck, Lisa!

(There's also the fact that the boy I can sew for won't be born until April...)

Upstatemamma said...

I love the suspender overalls :)

Karen said...

Wonderful! I love the vintage styling of your suspender shorts. I also love that you made it reversible for a two in one outfit. Just perfect for church and dressing up. The socks are adorable, too, by the way!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Thank you, all! Karen, I was so excited to find the argyle knee socks. I love knee socks on boys and they even had them for my 8 year old, too!

Janice said...

What a great outfit! I love the reversability (?) and style of the shorts. The sweater is just fabulous! What a great idea! Talk about up-cycling! I love it.