William's preschool requires uniforms for his age group next year, so I'm on a misson! I know you can get uniform components pretty cheaply, but those aren't that special. And, on a skinny kid, they're usually ill-fitting. I hate clothing that doesn't fit!
I've know since early spring that I'd be making uniforms so I've kept my eyes open for fabrics to use that were a good price. I got some white poplin for button-ups at one of Golden D'or's big coupon sales for $1/yd, and I got some khaki twill on Fabric.com for $2/yd. I had some white interlock and ribbing for polos already.
Here's the completed outfit, with the polo. I hadn't made a polo before, so I did that first.
I used the instructions for a polo (rugby shirt) in my vintage Kwik Sew's Sewing for Toddlers. I like this book because the clothes are closer-fitting, and fit my skinny kids better. They don't have a pattern for a polo in the book, but there are instructions for turning the tee into a polo. I checked out their placket instructions, then dismissed them. I was sure there was an easier way. There was. Here.
The only problem with the tutorial is that it was for a specific woman's shirt pattern that was in Burda World of Fashion, so I had to figure out the dimensions to fit a much smaller shirt with KSFT's suggested placket opening. It's not perfect, but now that I know how it goes together the next one will be easier. I think I will make the opening shorter. I suppose you need a long placket for playing rugby , but maybe not for polo?
These pants are an Ottobre Design Magazine pattern, from 5/2006. I use this issue SO much! These are a size 98 but at size 104cm length.
Here's William's skinny butt. Lots of double needle top-stitching. I installed the zipper adequately following the supplied instructions, but I doubt I'll do it like that again. WAY too many steps! I've done plenty of zippered flies, using Nancy Zieman's instructions, but this was my first time without her. I'll never sew a zipper without you again, Nancy! They won't get hemmed until right before school starts.
One more super model picture. His shoes are the Leo from Vincent. He's so excited to wear those! I can't wait to find a neat belt for him to wear, although, that's probably not practical because we haven't even taught him how to unbutton and unzip his pants yet.
I saw this weird little car when I was out the other day.