Kids Clothes Week: Lion Summer Shirt

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My final project for Kids Clothes Week is the Boy’s Classic Summer Shirt from Interweave. I bought this Ed Emberley print with a shirt in mind about a year ago, so I’m really happy I finally got to make it! My son’s current favourite bedtime story is The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman, which is about a little Indian boy who outwits fearsome tigers in the jungle. We’ve also recently been to Africa Alive in Suffolk, so he’s interested in lions too!

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The shirt was easy to make, much simpler than the Sketchbook shirts I’ve made previously. The sketchbook shirts have a lot of charming details in them, such as the back placket and sleeves, but it does require a lot more effort and I wanted something simpler for Kids’ Clothes Week.

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The pattern is however, a bit too simple in that it doesn’t give the seam allowances or any guidance about finishing. I serged the edges as I finished each seam and used a 1/2″ seam allowance. There are also no illustrations, so the experience of making the other shirts was very helpful in completing this one.

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The sizing is quite generous, I made a size 5 for my son who will turn 5 in July, and it’s quite loose fitting. I happened to have some gold thread left over from this project which matched perfectly. I only had 4 buttons but think I got them on Ebay so will see if I can find some more.

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I think I will take a rest from sewing for the rest of the day and enjoy the sunshine!