Last Fall a book called Sewing For Boys by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LaPage was published. I quickly went out and bought it, there really aren't many commercial patterns for boy clothes and projects and this book is full of wonderful ideas. Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! is hosting the Sewing For Boys Sew Along this year and I just had to join in the fun. For January, Stacey chose the Raglan Tee from the book. This shirt is easy and quick to put together and looks adorable. I chose to make a swim shirt for Milo to match the swim suit we had to buy at Christmas. I forgot to pack his and had promised him we would go swimming at the hotel. Nothing like going out in sub zero temperatures to hunt down swim shorts . Thank goodness for clearance racks, this pair of shorts only set me back $3. Because Milo has a g-tube and many sun-sensitive scars a swim shirt is a must so I used this pattern to make one to match.
I think the Raglan Tee pattern lends it's self well to this project. I used swimsuit fabric which is slippery and has lots of spandex in it. I did have to use lots of pins to keep things from shifting. I tried something new and used the reverse applique method to add an adorable sea horse. Milo is super skinny but has a long torso so I used the 2/3 size but lengthened the body and sleeves to the 4/5 length and it turned out just right. If I make another swim shirt I will definitely make the neckband a bit longer. It goes over his head but it is a tight fit and it gathers a bit more than I would like for a boy's shirt. Overall I had a great time making this shirt and Milo LOVES it!