Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shark week outfits!

shark week outfits

It's Shark Week 2013, Y'all!

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.

shark week outfits

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.

shark week outfits

And the Dude was really, really excited to have clothes that matched his big sister!

shark week outfits

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:

shark week outfits

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:

shark week outfits

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!

~Jessica

12 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea! Love it! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Okay, we aren't the only ones who treat shark week like a national holiday?! My nephews are big I to sharks... My littlest one had me make him a shark towel, it was my pre-blogging days...anyways, he refused to use any other towel for 2 years...he still uses it and its in tatters. It's so little it doesn't even cover his butt if he wears the hood. Now that's a scary shark!! Adorable outfits...I love when a project like this becomes the "thing"of the year!

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    1. Thanks Amy! We do obsessively love sharks in this family, mostly because of my daughter. She has shark EVERYTHING, it's a little ridiculous! She has not one but four shark towels, and her brother has one of his own. She has more shark stuffed animals then I can count, and we have more shark books then our library! She is asking for her second shark birthday party in a row this year, and wants a shark bedroom. It's her biggest love! She actually got to go with the biologist and feed the adult sharks at our aquarium here on Sunday to kick off shark week, she was SO excited! They both wore these outfits and it was really cute. I think she knows more about sharks then most college level biology students, and if you ask her she'll tell you she wants to be a "shark scientist" someday, it's so cute. Lord knows I want to encourage her interest in science so we indulge her a bit. Ok, a lot!

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  3. Love, love, love this. The outfits are super cute, and I love your daughters obsession with sharks. What a great week this will be for her. I am your newest follower (GFC),and found you via 'A to Zerba Link Party'. I hope you all have a wonderful shark week.
    Angie G.
    http://mycraftycollections.blogspot.com/2013/08/20-back-to-school-uniforms-your.html

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  4. I love the shark outfits!! I have never seen anyone obsessed with sharks; it is cool, though!
    xo,
    Ana Paula
    {Visit me at Mommyhood, PhD}

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  5. This is SO cute! I seldom see mating boys and girls outfits. This works! Great job!! =D
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh my word, these are so cute and the pics of the children are fabulous. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  7. How cute! We're shark week fans also.

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  8. Sooo cute!! My husband is a HUGE fan of shark week...a little obsessed, actually. I used to make children's clothing and accessories and have traded my sewing machine and crochet needles in for paint and hardware lately :) I found your link via Lambert’s Lately link party. I would love for you to join me on Tuesdays at UpcycledAntiques.com, where I host Tute’s Tuesdays, created to feature great tutorials such as yours!

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  9. Cute and Fun!!! Sister and brother matching outfits...too cute! I am not a big shark fan, but I love those outfits!

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  10. So fun for Shark Week! I love the shark fabric and the contrasting orange! They look like they love them!

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