Colin is only 15 months old, so he's usually pretty indifferent about his clothes. However, (and it's entirely possible that I imagined this) he seemed really excited when I showed him this outfit. He was even helpful when I was getting him dressed. Is there a difference between regular clothes and mama-made clothes? Colin seems to think so. ;-)
For this outfit, I used the Oliver and S Sketchbook shirt and shorts pattern. I bought this pattern and then wondered why I was going to spend the time to make a button-down shirt for a toddler who would outgrow it in five minutes. In the end, the fabric (another freebie from the stash my friend gave me a few weeks ago) won me over, and this shirt ended up being a quick little project.
I squeezed this this shirt out of probably less than half a yard, so I had to do the yoke out of the shorts fabric. I like the finished effect though. And I figured that if I was going to make the boy a wild, 80's shirt, I should just go all the way.
PJ said that the print on the shirt reminded him of Three Men and a Baby, and I think he might be on to something...
I can't recommend this pattern enough. The size 18-24 months fits Colin perfectly. The directions are clear and easy to follow, which kind of makes me wish I had made this shirt before I tackled PJ's button down shirt. I know it's hard to tell from the pictures, but this is an awesome shorts pattern as well. There are little pleats, pockets, and a faux fly. I definitely see more versions of the Sketchbook shirt and shorts in Colin's future. I don't think he'll mind too much.