You might remember that Henry has a thing for pandas...and photo bombing!
His favorite little stuffed guy is a panda, not to mention several of his other favorite "friends" are pandas as well. So, when cute panda fabric arrives in stock at my favorite online fabric shop (Imagine Gnats) ...I kind of have to get it! I had hoped to be able to make him this shirt well before our beach trip, for his birthday in fact, but alas it just wasn't in the cards...but in time for the beach was a necessity because, I mean pandas at the beach for my panda loving boy!
I used the Oliver + S sailboat top pattern for this top. I've been wanting to make another of these tops since the one I made last fall. It's such a simple and classic style. But, it being summer and this being a "beachy" shirt, I opted to make it sleeveless instead of long sleeved.
It's such a cool and breezy shirt this way, not to mention it's better for showing off muscles!
I finished the arms with bias tape, the same way I did for this Charlie Tunic and this one as well which was made with last summer's double gauze panda fabric (and is still well loved!) I love the way it turned out!
The only thing I hadn't thought fully through was that using the bias tape was going sew my outer buttonhole as well, leaving it useless. It turned out to not really be much of a problem though, as unbuttoning just the one button is a big enough opening for getting it off and on and it still looks nice too.
When Henry saw that he had a new panda shirt to wear he was more than thrilled!
I mean, these pandas are crazy adorable...so why wouldn't he be!
His shorts are a result of a bit of "refashioning"...they are Pin Dot Chambray Parsley pants that I made last summer...and couldn't bare to see them languish in his drawers this summer as pants...so I snipped them off and voila...shorts!
I love it when a good "plan" comes together...and am thankful that I managed to sew up so many projects pre-beach with my "perfect for the beach" fabrics!
And there's another Kid's Clothes Week project shared...