Saturday, February 15, 2014

"What Does the Fox Say" Outfits

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For the Sew in Tune series, by Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy I pondered quite a bit over what to make that the boys would like and would be interesting conceptually. Then Soren got sick, and then he got the flu, then I got sick, Will got sick, Bil got sick, it snowed and iced and was 20 degrees for a week, and Will got sick again. At some point in the midst of the never-ending sickness and the polar vortex, I realized that I had a couple yards of fox fabric from Girl Charlee and the boys love “What Does the Fox Say,” so…. an easy outfit was born. 

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Will's doing one of his fox "moves."

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Soren's fox move

I actually bought Rae’s Skinny Flashback T to use to make these as I did not have any contrast fabric to use in my usual Sewing for Boys Raglan T, but then I had printer issues at home (and I was stuck at home due to the aforementioned sickness/weather), so I ended up purchasing some cream-colored interlock to use for contrast after all and went with my T(andTTTTT)NT SFB raglan.
I thought it was kind of too easy and on-the-nose to just use fox fabric, so after some more thought, I decided I could add a bit of extra connection to the song by adding the boys’ names to their shirts—in Morse code. Because everybody knows when a fox meets a ho-o-o-o-rse, he probably communicates with it in Mo-o-o-o-rse.

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Love Will's semi-duck face in this one!

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 Soren's favorite "fox" move.
I think they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

I also sewed up both boys Skinny Jeans from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. I got this pattern in a big multipack back in the fall, and I’m so glad. I don’t know that I would have bought a skinny jean pattern on its own, since skinny jeans don’t just scream “boy.” BUT, I think they look so adorable, especially on Will. They are much more flattering to his slight build than baggier pants.
After I finished the first pair, Soren tried to claim them for himself, and I thought, “huh, those don’t actually fit too badly.” In the size 4T! He has an extremely high rise and still wears a bulky cloth diaper, so after studying the 2 and 4T patterns against each other, I decided if the 4T fit well, there was no way the 2 would, so I just shortened the 4T and sewed it up for him (I didn’t have to trace out the 2T—laziness FTW!). I did do buttonhole elastic on Soren’s since I figure he’s most likely to change shape  before he outgrows them lengthwise. 

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I took my time and did contrast stitching.

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You can see front and back here.

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This one was too hilarious not to include.

I really like this pattern—everything fits together really well, and the writer includes good instructions. I will say that I have yet to get the waistband correct. I have this issue where I start out reading the instructions, then get to the faux fly, where I start getting confused and questioning why the pattern is written as it is and just say, “Well, I already know how to do this, I’ll do it my old way,” only to discover when I go to attach the waistband that the weird faux fly instructions had a purpose. The waistband on these is supposed to actually overlap and have a button. In the 3 times I’ve made these, I haven’t succeeded in accomplishing that. Like I said, it’s probably me and my lack of reading comprehension, but I have found that bit confusing. Now here’s hoping that Will’s pair lasts longer than 3 wears before he destroys the knees. Four was the magic year for him to start with the holey knees. 

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Just for cuteness!

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I asked them to give each other a hug, and this is what happened. 


  1. I LOVE the morse code names on the sleeves! Genius! Tremendous work here, Gina. I am in awe. I would totally wear that shirt, and the jeans look amazing!

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I had a lot of fun with this one.