With temperatures above 75′ I feel like summer is already here! I bought these fabrics intending to make my son a variety of clothes in dark blue and citron. Color doesn’t always speak to me, my own preference being black, grey and denim. However I saw navy and citron in some quilting cotton designs, probably Cotton+Steel, and instantly recognized the beauty.

bird and bicycle boy summer clothes pattern by ottobre designs

This year I was gifted a huge stack of Ottobre Designs magazines, most brand new! I love them! I use these almost exclusively now for children’s patterns. Their sizing is spot on, the designs are great, adding my own seam allowance is also ideal, and I love the simple instructions. It makes sewing a lot easier when you have one page to look at, not multiple illustrations and pages to turn.

Here is the beginning of his summer attire. He is almost 5 years old, and these are a size 116cm. He has some room to grow into them too!

bird and bicycle boy summer clothes pattern by ottobre designs

The stripe navy and white top is simple, and I loved the width of the stripe helping to define easy hem lines. Simplicity itself!

I love the star corduroy, but it is so very thin I fear it will rip after one decent park adventure. Also, the corduroy picks up every piece of lint in my house (which is to say, very many!) and makes it look very dirty after an hour of playing. Cute design, unfortunate textile. Maybe all corduroy’s are like this? I haven’t worn them since the early 90’s (everyone remembers the forest green and maroon corduroys worn overly large right? With body suits?)

My kiddo loved them instantly and asked to wear them right away.

bird and bicycle boy's clothes pattern by ottobre designs

The star rivet on the back pocket was greatly admired, and then he demanded more star rivets and buttons on all his clothes. He has made quite the wish list of clothing items, and I love to indulge. Especially when it also seeks to gratify my own feelings.

Despite loving clothes, he does not like photographs of himself. Indeed he begs me not to be in the photos, but I insist. The joy of being the grownup prevails!

bird and bicycle boy summer clothes pattern by ottobre designs

Further items on his list include a button up with star buttons, a soccer jersey, more pants and, specifically, no shorts. I could muse all day about his preferences, and never get any closer to his truth.

I hope you are all enjoying these warmer days and nights. For now it is almost 8pm, my kid is asleep, and I get to sew again. Ah, the joys of summer.

bird and bicycle boy summer clothes pattern by ottobre designs


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