June 18 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

on June 18 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 54 Comments

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Sewn by Kelly, Kelly Hogaboom

Pattern: From Ottobre Magazine, #21 from 03/2007
Fabric: Robot fabric is Ready Set Robot by Alexander Henry
Tips: Kelly writes, “Notable tips and tricks I used: I almost always use tailors tacks for marking as well as careful cutting to match the center fronts. I added the blue contrast fabric insets as well (to the shirt and front pockets). I serged the raw edge of the shirt hem in order to press and fold twice for a neat and fast narrow hem. I finished the seams with a zig-zag topstich which, while rather swallowed up in the busyness of the novelty print, gave me much joy to perform.”

Kelly has a really fun sewing portfolio full of inspiring kids’ clothes on Flickr.

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54 Responses to June 18 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. ~Helena~ says:

    How super cute. 🙂

  2. Melanee says:

    Way cool. It’s fun to find things for boys I have 5 of them.

  3. susan hwang says:

    very cute! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  4. Trish B. says:

    Looks great! I sewed a shirt for my toddler boy last month.

  5. Katrina says:

    So cute, great photo as well!

  6. Mama Lusco says:

    Great shirt for a little man!

  7. DebbieKL says:

    Very cute! I’d love to make something similar for my son.

  8. I could make that….

  9. Joke says:

    That’s a good idea, those fabric insets! Your boy seems to love his shirt 🙂

  10. Janessa says:

    Finally, a cute shirt for a boy! love it!

  11. georgia says:

    I’m looking forward to that–I have a collar disability. I never can get them right!

  12. Claire says:

    Wow! Great job!

  13. Jennifer S. says:

    Yes, boy clothes!!!

  14. Corvus says:

    The contrast inserts really take it to another level.

  15. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Beautiful! I love the fabric

  16. Andi says:

    Great shirt! I love the blue pannels with the robot fabric.

  17. corinnea says:

    Awesome shirt. Cute model!

  18. Trish says:

    Absoulutely fantastic. Love the fabric, design, finish. Well done for making it look so professional. I bet your little fella is made up with it 😉

  19. Kelly says:

    Wow, how nice to get a feature on this site and get 35 (so far) sweet and supportive comments. I sew for my kids mostly (rarely anyone else) and it’s hard to find a good kid community, especially one for boys!

    Thank you for the sweet comments.

  20. Shelly says:

    Kelly rocks! Her topstitching is always spot on!

  21. Mindy says:

    What a cute little model!

  22. Leslie Schmidt says:

    Seriously cute! The attention to detail gives it that designer feel. Excellent!

  23. Jen L says:

    yeah, boy clothes! I always feel left out without a girl to sew those cute dresses for

  24. Erin says:

    This is so freakin cute and the little man in the photoknows it, I think!

    xo Erin

  25. jenn says:

    nice to see some cute boys clothing!

  26. min says:

    yay! Permission to use the zig zag topstitch. I use that sometimes and I feel like I have to apologize, but really…it’s very practical on occasion. Flannel PJ pants in a jif, for example.

  27. Heidi says:

    I like that the pattern was matched up on the button facing.

  28. Laurel says:


  29. Elaine Barnett says:

    You did GREAT-and what a cutey pie for a model!

  30. Marcia W. says:

    cute cute cute

  31. Cinnamon says:

    I really love that fabric, and the shirt looks really good to. I’m very much a fan of zig-zag top stitching too. I like to use a contrast color to make thing even more playful.

  32. Ramona says:

    Just adorable

  33. sy says:

    cute top 😀 your boy looks happy with it.

  34. Sara says:

    Great shirt, and adorable boy! I am looking forward to some button posts. yay!

  35. Margie Bennett says:

    That shirt is fantastic! I love the details & the robot print is perfect.

  36. Jenny says:

    What a sweet sweet boy!!

  37. katevet says:

    Gorgeous! although it looks a bit tricky for me 🙂

  38. Rebecca says:

    i love robots.

  39. Ginger says:

    cute shirt

  40. Janelle says:

    This is a great shirt! Your added details are beautifully done.

  41. Danyelle says:

    You did an amazing job!

  42. Sara Hemmeke says:

    Great looking boys patterns seem so hard to come by – you did a great job!

  43. Darla says:

    I love Ottobre. Seriously, they have the best, most practical and yet fashionable kids clothing patterns out there.

  44. Unity says:

    He looks so cute in that shirt! 🙂

  45. Natalie VV says:

    Oh that fabric!
    Thank you.

  46. Steph W says:

    This has been a really fun series – thank you!

  47. QSOgirl says:

    cute shirt!

  48. Kelli says:

    Love how the robots match up across the front–wow, Kelly’s attention to detail is remarkable.

  49. Jen says:

    I’d love to make that shirt for my son. And I love the zig zag details!

  50. Sara says:

    This shirt is so cute…I like the robot print, maybe I will need to get my hands on some of that:)

  51. 4vs1 says:

    Very cute shirt. I am in awe of how well the pattern lines up at the front with it being a button up shirt!! WOW!

  52. Tong Yu says:

    Love the robot fabric and what a cute shirt!

  53. nopinkhere says:

    I need to try zig-zag topstitching! LOVE LOVE LOVE the robots!

  54. Rochelle says:

    Your added details really make this shirt look professionally done!

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