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Sew in Tune - Mr Roboto

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Just bringing home my outfit & tutorial originally posted for Sew in Tune.  Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Hi Everyone!  I'm Heidi from Elegance & Elephants thrilled to be here for Sew in Tune!  I love fact, I was a choir and band schoolteacher for years prior to being a crafty stay-at-home mom, so being inspired by music is something that comes naturally to me.  This project however, steered me in a different direction than my typical musical genres, since it all started with some Robert Kaufman fabric my son begged me to get him: Robot Factory.  And what song instantly popped into my head?  Well, none other than, Mr. Roboto by the Styx.  Having grown up in the 80s with an older brother, I was exposed his taste in music, and this song was one that was often played on the ghetto blaster.  If you're curious what it sounds like, check out the video.  Be prepared for 80s hair, style, and video quality.  It's quite something to behold, but the tune is catchy!!

Now, about the outfit...well, since I didn't want to make pjs again, I decided to subtly incorporate Robot Factory throughout the ensemble.  The shirt features a contrasting button placket and a little robot friend poking out of the pocket.  Orange thread was used for all the hems and topstitching, along with navy blue jersey for the pocket and elbow patches, upcycled from a shirt that's been outgrown.

Tobias requested that the pants NOT have a zip fly, so, I made an elastic waistband, using the inspiration fabric on the inside.  It was also used for the inside lining of the front pockets.  

His newest little plushie friend, Mr. Roboto, was created for this outfit as well and now sleeps comfortably with all the elephants on Tobias' bed.  The free downloadable pdf pattern & template with tutorial for the Mr. Roboto plushie is available at E & E.

I modified these two patterns for the shirt and pants: Play Date V-Neck Tee and Clean Slate Pants.

And just in case you're wondering how to make a contrasting placket, here's the tutorial...


That's it!  And remember, if you're sewing this for a girl, reverse it, so the contrasting fabric is on the opposite side.

Thank you so much for having me here today!  

Elegance & Elephants
8 comments on "Sew in Tune - Mr Roboto"
  1. That pocket robot is such I fun detail. I'm so glad you reported here cause I completely forgot about if already! Must pin this time :)

  2. What a fabulous outfit!!! I just love how you've tied it all together with the orange thread and fabric, even down to the inside waistband. I know a little someone who would LOVE a pocket, with his own robot peeking out. I'm definitely going to have to give that a go. I hope you don't mind, but I've pinned this. I'd love you to share the Contrasting Placket Tutorial at our Ongoing linky that's just for Sewing Tips and Techniques

    1. Thank you so much, Pam! I'm so glad you commented so I was able to find and now follow your blog. And I link up, as well! So nice to meet you!

  3. Hi Heidi, I've featured your Contrasting Placket Tutorial today... Threading Your Way Features

  4. What a special touch! I've pinned this to try myself sometime! :) (saw you at Threading My Way)

  5. Thanks for this tutorial. Love the orange contrast you have given here.

  6. I love it. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm going to try.


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