the flannel that took forever

all snapped up the plaid flannel shirt by bird and bicycle

The lovely and talented Kelly Hogaboom inspired me to make a lovely flannel for my kiddo. When I saw one of her’s (she has made the pattern many times) it reminded me of when I ran around town wearing a giant, quilted plaid logger’s jacket. I wore it until it had holes and literally was falling to pieces. It was a XXL of my father’s when I was only 13, so I was a bit ridiculous. I’d share photos but I really hope that none actually exist!

the sleeves are long in the plaid flannel shirt by bird and bicycle

It was a bit tricky as I was struggling to make the pattern big enough for some growing room, but my little man’s rib cage is gigantic for his small body. His dad is 6’5 and tall and lean, and I am 5’5 short and stocky. I keep really hoping he will be more tall and less wide! So I may have made it a little too big, but he will grow right? He is tucking his hands up in this photo though, it’s not that big! He likes long sleeves.

I have mad plaid matching skills. Here is the under arm to prove it.

plaid matching

He hasn’t taken it off since I put the snaps on. I may make him another one with a lining, which was my original intent, or even add a quilted layer in the middle for some warmth during our chilly days. This vintage pattern has a lovely and easy to construct collar too. I like it!

bird and bicycle logo


cuff and snap and sleeve placket on bird and bicycle's plaid flannel shirt


smiles in flannel plaid shirt


When your kiddo joins summer Soccer, he needs an outfit! Ottobre to the rescue!

The raglan sleeve shirt is fabulous, but the neckline and arm bands were a bit snug. I will adjust the pattern next time. This is a size 116cm for my almost 5 year old. Ottobre is great,  you know I love them!, but sometimes I just sew without testing and discover the pattern is actually quite large!

The shorts are neat, and they have a woven leg panel (in red) and just one rad pocket on the back. The pattern calls for front pockets but I sewed them together wrong, and in order to fix it I had to recut the front legs. Oops! Luckily, he doesn’t use pockets in soccer!

I used a fusible suede patch I picked up in Portland, a red woven twill, white ribbing and a navy blue jersey. I think they look comfortable and sporty.

Our local Zoo does summer concerts and this year I took him to one. (Yesterday, in fact.) It was a great show, Neko Case, KD Lang,  Laura Viers. Here he is dancing with his best friend. Clearly the outfit is cozy and comfortable!

Pajamas! Pajamas! Pajamas!

It’s my update on my Pajama Sewalong!


I started with some very much needed but also super awesome Super Mario pajamas for my son. He loves Super Mario and we play almost daily. I knew I had to find a way to make him woven pajamas! i found this pullover Ottobre Pattern and altered it a little bit, I came up with this. Here is the neckline in detail, with a bias tape neckline that pulls over the head. The busy pattern hides the front seam.

bird and bicycle sewing pajamas super mario

You can see by his silly grin that he loves them! He wears the pants more often than the shirt, proving my point that somethings aren’t worth it. I am always preaching about clothes that move with the body, knits and panels and elastic and comfort in attire. He backed me up by preferring knit tops, and I am motivated to continue my pursuit of sewing comfortable clothes and ignoring the fun prints in quilting cotton.

super mario pajamas

Next came my standard MellySews Kid’s unisex pajama pattern. It is always too skinny for my kid, so I add width and they fit fantastic. These are the size 5, and I think the pattern goes to 12. I am duplicating another pair I made a couple years ago (see the original here.)

viking pajamas sewn by bird and bicycle pattern by mellysews

My last pair of pajamas are these super awesome teal and gold STAR pajamas. I love them. I added white stripes down the side of the shirt and legs and love their sport look. He is wearing these now, and loves them. The fabric came from europe, and is of higher quality than I can find here in the USA. I think these will quickly be a staple in his pajama wearing.

star pajamas sewn by bird and bicycle

As it is summer, we wear pajamas A LOT.

sewalong bird and bicycle sewing boys pajamas

YAY! Star Pajamas! He loves stars!

bird and bicycle sewing pajamas

Technically, these are my 6 items so I am “done” with my sewalong! I have 8 more weeks, so I may continue to add to my pajama collection! Did you sew anything for this sewalong?!