9.23.2013

Pop of Plaid

I grew up in the country in a brick house down a long dirt lane.  Our nearest neighbor lived about half a mile away.

Now wait a minute.  Are you asking yourself if you accidentally stumbled upon a Little House on the Prairie tribute post?   No no no.  Though I do enjoy a good Laura Ingalls Wilder story myself, this post has a completely different point. :)

Stick with me here.

I didn't go to a one room school house or anything like that, but my school was in a small town where it felt like pretty much everyone knew my name.  That can be good and bad.  And my parents knew that.  Which is why they made a significant effort to help give me and my siblings opportunities to travel and learn to think outside our own sphere.  I don't think I was as grateful then as I am now for that sacrifice they made.  But those experiences helped me gain a perspective.

And now I live in Small Town, USA.  {not far from where I grew up, ironically enough.}  And although I do want to encourage my kids to have an appreciation for culture and this big ol' world, I'm grateful that we live in a small town at this stage in our lives.  I'm hoping that we can strike a good balance of appreciation for the big and the small, you know?  

Because at the end of the day, I love this cute little town where Superman and I get to raise our little minions.  I like the cozy Mayberry-esque-ness {yup, it's a word now} that comes with small towns.  I love feeling safe as I take my kids to our usually uncrowded park.  I love the little houses that line the streets.  It's just cozy.

I kept thinking about how much I love small towns as I sewed up this look for the Mad for Plaid challenge from Project Run & Play.
With a soda pop {Superman's favorite gourmet soda, btw} in hand, this little small town boy is the sweetest thing on main street.
 Of course, I'm biased.  :)
Want some outfit details?  
 
The pants are a modified version of Peek-a-boo Patterns Skinny Jeans.   
It's a great pattern, but Ezra has shorty-legs, so I had to make a few changes.  And they're still baggy enough for him to grow into over the next year.  :)  {Denim fabric from Joanns.}
 
 And it's tough to tell, but the pockets are lined with plaid.  Sneaky sneaky.
Then I reconstructed a precious old t-shirt pattern from my sister as a base for the shirt {scored the knit fabric from Walmart for $2/yard}
 
I used a completely self-drafted pattern for the jacket.  
Ezra was in desparate need of a jacket and I had a lot of brown corduroy {from an old maternity jumper :)}  
 
It's fully lined with plaid {fabric from a sheet}.
 
and just for fun, I added some little surprise "pops" of plaid on the pockets
 
 arms, 
around the bottom of the jacket, 
 
and even under the collar.
I added a blue zipper {from Joann's} and we were in business.  This was my first installation of a normal zipper {yikes!} and thank goodness my mother-in-law stopped by and gave me some much needed advice on what to do with that little beast or I would have been stuck!  
 
And the bonus of a zipper over buttons?  
 
He can zip it up himself.  One less thing for me to do.  :)
As nerdalicious as this sounds, this whole look was a pleasure to sew and it was probably the most enjoyable thing I've sewn in a long time.  Probably because I knew Ezra needed all the items for the upcoming cold weather. 
So thank goodness for small towns, mother-in-laws who save the zipper day, and precious little boys like this one.  :)
 
Thanks for dropping in!

21 comments:

  1. What a cute outfit! LOVE the shirt. Great job on the jacket too.

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  2. Such a sweet boy! I love the shirt! And that jacket looks so toasty. Great job!
    ~Michelle

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  3. Adorable! and that plaid looks really soft and comfy. Great job momma!
    with love,
    -Jo

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    1. Thanks! I think that's what made the project so satisfying--he actually wanted to WEAR what I made him because it was comfy. :)

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  4. I'm loving this jacket & your mother-in-law that saved the day - she sounds like my kind of woman!
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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    1. She is pretty darn cool! I loved your plaid look this week as well, btw. ;)

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  5. What a manly outfit... for your special little man. I love the jeans the best.
    Deborah

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    1. Thanks! I always love this little boy in skinny jeans. :)

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  6. Cute look! I love all the "pops" of plaid in this outfit!

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  7. Wow, that's a fantastic look. I especially love the shirt! Want one for me!

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  8. so cute! Love the jacket, and the the shirt under... adorable... having only boys I really appreciate a good boy look :o) hey, I've started a sewing for kids group pinterest board! I would love for you to join... just shoot me an e-mail with your pinterest info if you are interested :o) I'm on pinterest at ntcreations.e-mail: nap-timecreations@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks! I love sewing for boys! :) And I'd love to join up--sending an email your way soon!

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  9. That is adorable cool! I especially love the shirt, it does not look $2/yard, looks more expensive ;)

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    1. I know! It was a lucky find. I've found some real gem-fabric at walmart--just depends on the day. :)

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  10. Awesome. Just awesome.
    Is that fabric for the top knit? Love it!
    And that blue zipper is perfect.

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    1. Oh thank you so much! And to answer your question: yes, the fabric for the shirt IS knit. {my favorite!}

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  11. What a fun outfit! You're story sounded a TON like mine, but we ended up in the same town I basically grew up in! lol Love raising my kids here! And you have a good reason to be biased. That little guy is adorable!

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  12. What a deal and a find on that Wal-Mart fabric!!! Great outfit!!!

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