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DSC_0043Well, hello!

I have had this Sketchbook shirt pattern for…oh I don’t even how long! I bought it when N was tiny, but never made it for her. Then I got another chance, and I still didn’t make it…not until last December. That makes it an embarrassing eight years and four house moves after I bought the pattern in the first place! And, that’s sad, because it’s a such a nice and easy sew with flawless instructions and no surprises…I really should not have waited so long.DSC_0018

DSC_0039Of course, you won’t be surprised to hear that the pattern comes from Oliver+S. It is one of their few ‘boy’ patterns (although to my mind it would be perfect even for a girl who likes button down shirts). I made it in size 3 , with 1″ added overall for length and sleeves. The fabric is a lovely double gauze with a pattern of cars, something I brought during my last year’s trip to Toyko. The photos above are from early January and am already lamenting the fact that this is probably going to be too short when the weather becomes colder again. 😦

DSC_0011Given the love that this shirt received and in order to atone for the fact that such a fantastic pattern was lying unused for so long, I made another one adding an extra 1/2″ overall to length and to the short sleeves which I used this time around. The second time around I also had to leave out the pockets because I ran out of fabric. But with no cuffs or a sleeve placket to construct, and a band collar (which I have had more practice with), the making of v.2 went way faster. DSC_0180

DSC_0185The sleeves are a tad long, as you may have noticed–I don’t think it needed the extra 1/2″, but that’s fine, and I am not making a big deal about it. DSC_0193While Mr. M is not super crazy about v.1 (even though he loves cars), v.2 has been met with great excitement. He loves it and won’t stop telling me about it; I know this because he can’t get enough of the fish (fabric from Gaurav Exports in Nehru place). I have never had him check on me so many times as I was sewing it, usually at about three minute intervals to see if it was ready to wear it or not. For him it’s obviously all about the fish, not the pattern, but this is a kid with very strong tastes in clothes and I am happy it’s getting plenty of wear.DSC_0175Given how excellent this pattern is, and how quick the second sew has been I want to now make more and more! Oliver+S has also recently released this pattern, a similar button down shirt, and I am now curious to try it to see how some of the things are done differently.

And that’s about it from me today. I will leave you with one final photo of the boy. Let’s just say that this is the way we have been dressing up for school around here the last few weeks, right before it turned warm. 🙂DSC_0133

Happy summer!

Asmita/xx

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