Monday, March 25, 2013
Pattern: Jalie #2802 Men's Skating Bodyshirt; Jalie #2803 Men's Figure Skating Pants
Fabric: 7/8 yd tan polyester; 1 yd tan faux linen (JoAnn Fabrics)
Notions: black grosgrain ribbon; gold colored buttons, elastic
Total Price: $15.50
Size: Jalie kids size G
(I did not make the hat)
Tie was made from a McCall's pattern
I decided to make this dance costume for my little boy two days before his team competition. They have been learning this dance for months, but somehow, I only then realized that he was the bugle boy??? I don't know how my brain works sometimes.
I have only recently found Jalie patterns. They seem to be the only pattern company that focuses on sportswear. I have made a girl's leotard and boy's, so this was my third project. I bought all these patterns at the same time directly from their website with the buy 3 get the 4th for free deal, as I find them kind of pricey, especially with the shipping. The nice thing about the Jalie patterns is that they include all sizes, and by all sizes, I mean ALL sizes from toddler to adult. That means my boy better keep dancing or go on to figure skating so I can get my money's worth out of these patterns!
One thing, I'm not fond of is that the pattern and instructions are all printed on one side of a giant sheet of paper. Although, I recently found out that the instructions are available for download from their site so they can printed separately.
The pants turned out pretty well. I omitted the fly to save time, hoping they would just slide up despite their close fit, since he has no shape what so ever. I'm pretty sure his chest, waist, and hips are exactly the same. Both the shirt and pants are meant to be made from stretch fabrics. I figured the polyester would have enough give for the pants but I wasn't able to find stretch fabric in the right color for the shirt. I went up a size to compensate but it is very fitted and he was barely able to put it on. The shirt has an under part with snaps to keep it from popping out of the pants which is really nice for dancing (not just ice skating). He has danced in regular shirts before and the shirt tails are all over the place by the end of the dance.
Well, that's it. Unfortunately, I didn't have time for any photos of the actual pieces. I'll be updating with another costume I made for his dance soon. Luckily, I'm done with costumes for the year, (I think) as they are just starting out getting into competitions.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Well, it turns out, my little boy was invited to a 50's dance party by one of his dance class teammates so then I just had to pull the trigger on this and make the jacket. So, OK! Fine! I settled for not using ribbing and just using the same fabric for the wrists and waist bands. I went to JoAnn's and very executively found the closest length zipper to what was called for and started up on it two days before the party, because that's how I like to do things.
|I had to settle for this plain star as I couldn't fine the army sergeant patch featured in the magazine.|
|I got him this vintage box of gum to roll up in his shirt sleeve.|
|Couldn't resist a last minute marker tattoo.|
|At the party. So cute!|