For a special boy I know

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Voici deux petites choses pour Dil, le neveu de Gabe, qui, à trois ans et demi, a déjà un style très funky (pas trop le genre à porter du Liberty)

J’espère que ça lui ira, vu que je ne l’ai pas vu depuis bien longtemps! Donc zou, une petite chemisette (il a usé la dernière que je lui ai faite jusqu’à la corde!), et un petit bermuda long. En plissant un peu les yeux ils vont super bien ensemble 😉

J’ai choisi des tissus plein de bestioles amusantes et des boutons-numéros pour apprendre à compter, comme ça c’est plus rigolo pour lui!

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octoshirt

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CUcollar

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CUpocket1

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I just made these two things for Dil (Gabe’s nephew) whose style is already quite bold, even though he is only 3 years and a half.

I hope they fit, as I haven’t seen him in a while. I decided to make him another button-down shirt (the last one I made for him was worn to death), and below-the-knee shorts. If you squint a bit, they even sort of go together!

The fun critters and some numbered buttons ought to grab his interest for about 3 seconds and a half =)

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A good idea

Vite un petit billet pour vous faire part de ce super tuto par Clevergirl

Parfait pour le Printemps, non? (je ne désespère pas!!) Et aussi pas mal pour recycler les immenses chemises de son homme  – vous savez les fois ou on a voulu bien faire, mais où on a vu un peu trop grand!

Et on ne s’affole pas, pour celles qui ne comprennent pas bien l’Anglais: le tuto est tout en images!

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Before / After via Craftzine Blog

Before / After via Craftzine Blog

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Just a quick post to share this great tutorial by Clevergirl. Perfect to give a second life to these way-too-big shirts we bought for the men in our lives!

A big boy shirt for Dil

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While I was in France, I rummaged through my grandmother’s attic quite a bit; she had instructed me to look through stuff and take whatever fabrics and old clothing I liked (I will have to post about my finds).
I came across this really sweet red gingham checked shirt that she had made for my little brother – now almost 18 – when he was about three years old. I decided I should copy that pattern and make a big-boy shirt with a vintage flair for Gabe’s two-year-old nephew, Dil. I used some really neat black gingham checked fabric that was lying around and went to work.

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I put in some red piping here and there and found some cute boat buttons to match. I particularly enjoyed embroidering Dil’s name on the pocket, I think it gives the shirt a hipness as well as a cuteness, no? He gave it a test run yesterday, I have to get an action shot in soon.

Overall, this was such a breeze to make, thanks to my mom’s 30-year old Elna and my grandmother’s guidance (and eagle eyes! even from her hospital bed, she zeroed in on, and made sure I corrected, all the little imperfections!) Thanks to their tips and encouragements, I felt really inspired to start sewing more seriously. I also realized that there was no reason my sewing projects had to look like crap (they usually do look pretty unfinished and crooked and my machine screams in agony through the whole process) Turns out sewing machines need to be tuned and oiled! Who knew? Not me =)