The second I saw this frou frou flowery mystery cotton lawn in the 99¢ per yard bin at Chic Fabrics in NYC, I KNEW it was destined to become an Oliver & S Sketchbook Shirt for Quinn. And yes, you read that correctly. 99¢ per yard. You have to buy the whole strip of fabric, no cutting it, but there was only 1 1/2 yards there so I paid $1.50. I KNOW. AWESOME. RIDICULOUS.
The more I inspected the fabric, the more I was giggling to myself, the colors and the motif are SO GIRLY, but I just couldn’t wait to get it on my boy. That is what I love about the sketchbook shirt! It allows the most frilly feminine fabric to be completely not only acceptable, but amazing on a boy!
This is my fifth time sewing this shirt for Quinn (one, two, three, four), and it is turning into a seriously fast sew for me, even with the hand sewn collar! I decided to omit the pocket and all the top stitching, which made it even faster. I didn’t feel like this loose floral needed any strict structure and I wanted it as soft as possible, so I really like the absence of the top stitching. Of course, I still added the structure of the interfacing, because it would be insane and droopy if I didn’t..
Anyways, there really isn’t much more to be said about this pattern that I haven’t already stated in the past, all I know is that it is my absolute favorite thing to make for Quinn. He just makes these shirts look SO GOOD.
We are currently on to size 3, and I’m going to be SO MAD when he grows out of size 4. That is the one thing I don’t like about O+S, their patterns are kind of expensive and they split it into two sets of sizes. I really don’t want to have to buy the same dang pattern twice just for different child sizes. Millie is grown out of all the O+S patterns I had for her, and even though there is one dress I’d really like to sew for her again, it PAINS me to think about paying another $16 for the same pattern. So I probably won’t.
Anywho, I don’t put Quinn up on this blog often enough, so even though this is the same old shirt over and over again, I figured he needed to pop in here and say “hi” :) OH and check out the web we saw this crazy spiny orb-weaver spider spinning in our back yard! Quinn almost walked right into it, the thing is insane, it is spanned over such a huge space! Orb-weavers look like little crabs and I love them for some reason, I haven’t seen them in years, they seem to only come out during rainy times. I guess the amount of precipitation we got this year was good enough!