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Knock it Off - Little Kids Grow

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I'm so thrilled today to have Shannon from  Little Kids Grow here to share her amazing look by one of my favourite boys' fashion boutiques.  I don't know how she does it being the mom of six (yes, SIX!), balancing her household and work, and then still finding time to create beautiful outfits for her children.  Talk about an inspiration!  I know my boy needs one of these perfect polos, so I am super thankful Shannon's sharing her expertise and showing us to make it!

Hi everyone! It's me, Shannon, from Little Kids Grow. I'm a super duper busy mama of 6 who has an insatiable desire to create, create, create!. I love Heidi's Knock It Off Series because it gives me a chance to ask the question, "How'd they do that?". I chose a polo shirt from the company Fore! Axel & Hudson. I actually found the company on one of Heidi's Pinterest boards (Thanks, Heidi!). It can be such a challenge finding unique clothing for boys, so I was more than excited to see the company's golf-inspired creations. I found myself going through their past seasons marveling at their unique take on design wondering, "Now, why didn't I think of that?".
My Knock Off design is from their 2011 collection. Amazingly, I had everything I needed in my stash already. For the fabric I used both a recycled white t-shirt and a checked blue buttondown shirt I had in my "give away" box. I already had the buttons on hand, so outside of labor, this shirt cost me $0. :)(Hee, Hee) My "How did they do that?" moment came when trying to figure out how to add a non-stretch cotton collar and placket to a stretchy knit base. Believe me, it wasn't pretty. We fought. I got knocked down a few times, but in the end, I won! Woo!
I drafted the shirt from scratch, but you can also trace an existing garment or use a t-shirt pattern in your child's size. I lengthened the sleeves and widened the collar. It gives it more of a 70's retro feel , don't you think? (The driver cap pattern is in the works. ) There are 8 pattern pieces:
Since this is a basic t-shirt assembly, to save on space, I'm not going to show you a step-by-step, but because there is a placket and collar added, piecing everything together can be kind of tricky. Here's the sewing order that I used:
  1. Placket to bodice front
  2. Pocket
  3. Shoulder Seams
  4. Label (Optional)
  5. Sleeves
  6. Side Seams
  7. Collar
  8. Placket Buttons
Also, there are different ways to draft a single-piece placket. Here's a link to my preferred method: One-Piece Placket
Tips: 1) Recycling fabric allowed me to play around with different fabric weights to get the right stretch to non-stretch fabric combination. I went through quite a few t-shirts before finding one that was able to hold the weight of the woven collar. 2) Again, the trickiest part for me was working with a knit and non-knit fabric. When sewing the two fabrics together, take care not to stretch the knit fabric while you sew. It can make the garment pucker. 3) When drafting a collar for this shirt, you'll need the neckline measurement. Be sure to take the neckline measurement "after" you've added the placket. The overlap of the placket will change the collar's band length. 4) You'll have two pieces for your collar: Collar and band (or stand). The center of your collar piece will match the center back of your shirt (not necessarily your band). Centering the collar on the band itself can shift the collar off center depending on your placket. (Trust me. I learned this one the hard way :-))
Thanks for looking everyone! (Thank you for the opportunity to share, Heidi)
Keep doin' what you love!
17 comments on "Knock it Off - Little Kids Grow"
  1. It looks great. I haven't been brave enough to try sleeves yet, but I want to.

  2. Love this! So well done!

  3. Such an awesome shirt Shannon!! Great job!

  4. Cute knock off! Your son is so handsome. I love your blog name too!

    1. Isn't he, Delia?! When I saw the post, I told Shannon that Fore Axel & Hudson need to ask him to model for them!

  5. That last photo of him listening to the headphones is priceless! Fantastic knock off - I love it!

  6. Thank you for the encouraging words, everyone. This is such a fantastic series, Heidi. I've been so inspired by everyone's interpretations.

  7. What a cutie ! This outfit is so stylish. I love the placket.

  8. She always does such a great job & what a good looking son she has !

  9. Awesome! Love that it for the boys! You are so right about it beign hard to find unique clothing for boys. I've been struggling with that A LOT this week! Thanks!

  10. I love this... beautiful shirt and boy!

  11. What a cute shirt--great job! Your son is absolutely adorable.

  12. I love it, and I have all the 'ingredients' in my stash too!

  13. I somehow missed this one in the series, this is absolutely amazing and I wish I could knock this one off for my son this xmas as it's hot summer weather here for the holidays. What talent and what an adorable son she has!!


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