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Imke Shirt for Boys from Sewing Clothes Kids Love

So it seems that I am working on a one-for-one model in my house right now when it comes to sewing. For every item I make for myself, I make at least one for someone else. Last weekend I made myself my first Lane Raglan, and this weekend I made this hooded Imke shirt for our four year old son. A shirt for a shirt seems fair after all.

I'm trying to use only fabric and patterns I already have, which is proving to be really fun. The kids and I take out sewing books and patterns, pore over them together, and pick what we like. They even helped me cut the patterns this weekend, and are beginning to see how many steps are involved in creating a garment.

This shirt is the Imke top from the lovely book, Sewing Clothes Kids Love. I especially like this book because it has patterns for every level sewist, many variations offered for each pattern, and a whole chapter offering suggestions for embellishment. Though most of the book is geared towards girls, the Imke top has bodice options for both boys and girls. For this particular version we chose to use the boys bodice, the straight sleeve, and the curved hood, which I lined with the turquoise knit. I didn't feel like hemming the sleeves and waist, so instead I added cuffs, allowing me to use my serger for the whole garment. Adding cuffs also gives the top more of a sweatshirt look, which my oldest daughter said would be cool.

So does the book live up to its name? Did my kid LOVE his Imke top? You betcha. Here is hamming it up with his little sister who is just out of the camera frame...  

Fabric: Organic Knit Charlie Harper for Birch Fabrics in Bank Swallow Blue, purchased from FabricWorm, and turquiose jersey knit from my stash.



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