If you're a regular reader of our blog, you probably know by now that my (Jessica's) daughter is obsessed with sharks. So as you can imagine, Shark Week is a big deal in our house. If you haven't seen it yet, you can get a peek at my daughter's obsession with sharks in this post. With a love like that, you know we needed some special outfits to kick off Shark Week in style!
Last time she and I were at the fabric store she saw this fabric and begged me to buy some to make her "a shark skirt." Of course I said yes! I bought 1 1/2 yards, enough to make a skirt for her and matching shorts for the Dude as well.
This project was a little more difficult then I had originally anticipated, mostly because I had to self draft a pattern for the Dude's shorts (which of course, I forgot to take pictures of. Let me know if anyone wants a tutorial!). I've sewn pants and shorts before, but never made my own pattern. I was really happy with how they turned out, despite not quite knowing what I was doing. I added extra seam reinforcement in the form of top stitching the seams on the legs, and made sure to triple reinforce them so they will stand up to the Dude's craziness. They fit him perfectly, even if that pocket was originally supposed to be on the back of the shorts...
No matter. I added a little friend to hang out in the pocket with him, since it was right in front where chubby little hands could reach it.
And the Dude was really, really excited to have clothes that matched his big sister!
He can say "gark" for "shark" and ran around screaming "GARK! Gaaaaaark!" while chasing after my daughter, who I might add, was also super excited about having (yet another) item of shark clothing:
The shirt she chose herself to go with the skirt, it was a gift from her Daddy and I for her last birthday (which was shark themed). It just happened to match perfectly! The skirt is just a simple tube of fabric sewn with an elastic casing at the top and a hem at the bottom. Oliver + S has a fantastic basic tutorial and free pattern for how to make a little girl's skirt if you want to make your own you should check it out for sure.
Now, you might think that my kids look so clean and cute in their new Shark Week outfits, and you would be right. For about the next half hour they were spotless and adorable! And then this happened:
Now I get to see how my sewing holds up in the wash! But seriously, is there anything better then sewing something for a child who just doesn't want to take it off, even to play and get dirty? And what a fun way to incorporate my daughter's favorite animal into her play clothes.
And as always if you want to see more sewing and tutorials for kids you can check out our kids' sewing board here! Happy Shark Week!