Monday, January 31, 2011

skull & crossbones sweatshirt

A perfect shirt for snowy weather.  I refashioned this size-4-for-little-boys sweatshirt from these two shirts: a sweatshirt that previously belonged to my sister (that I don't think she ever wore) and one of my favorite t-shirts that Logan outgrew a couple of years ago.

I cut around the skull and around the crossbones separately and fused the pieces to the back of the shirt using double-sided fusible web.  I love that stuff!  It holds the applique in place so I never need to use pins.  The only thing I might have done differently here would have been to put the applique on the front of the sweatshirt.  Logan always asks if he can wear the shirt backwards so he can see the skull.

I also gave the front a little flavor with this "skulls" applique . . .

I fully intended to make this a hooded sweatshirt.  But I ran out of sweatshirt.  I could have pieced something together, but I just didn't want to spend the extra time.  I used the ribbing from the original sweatshirt to finish the neck, the arms, and the waist.

And I even added the classic "sweatshirt V" at the front of the neck.  I really don't know what this design element is all about.

The pattern for this sweatshirt was adapted from a pattern from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn.  This book has some unique designs and offers neat ideas for combining multiple prints and even types of fabric.  There are lots of cute things for little girls, but there is really only one pattern for boys: the hooded sweatshirt.  I'm really happy with the amount of ease built into this pattern.  It's a little big, just like a sweatshirt should be and it could be worn for a few years.

Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy Langdon: Book Cover

 I just love making new things from old clothes.


  1. So talented! I love it!!!

  2. Just happened to stumble across your blog. You have amazing creative talents. Looking forward to strolling through your past posts. :)

  3. Wow, this is little man would love it!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog - your comments were very much appreciated!
    I hope to stop by often. xx