Projects without much direction are hard for me. The theme was "boy week" but that makes the possibilities endless. Do any of you feel that way? I decided to create a look for my boy. I wanted to reflect his personality and make something that he can re-wear. I drew inspiration from JCrew Crewcuts. I love the style of adult sophistication with some childhood fun, so that's what I went for.
This hat was my favorite part of the outfit, actually being my starting point. I knew I wanted a fun accessory and decided on a huge fur hat. I have deconstructed many dress shirts so recreating one was not too terribly difficult. Using a lightweight cotton plaid, I simplified the pattern from dress shirts I usually make for my husband.
This shirt has a continuous back and rather than creating a placket on the sleeve, I used a continuous lap. The shirt fits Ephraim perfectly and I really love it on him. It's a bit dressy for his everyday wear but still fun enough he can wear with some shorts when it warms up.
The sweater was re-constructed from a hooded, pullover sweater that used to be mine, coincidentally from J. Crew. I used the bottom of the original sweater to start this one, turned it into a cardigan, gave it a V neck and created the large collar from the hood of the original sweater. Using the original hems from sweaters creates convincing reconstructions! I wanted to add a bit of personality to the sweater and decided to go with gold elbow pads. I painted the gold fabric paint onto felt, giving it a thicker appearance. I love the look when it dried because it had a similar texture to leather.
The pants are made from a gray suiting fabric, with pockets lined in navy gingham re-purposed from an old crib sheet. I love being able to re-purose things into new garments.