For sure, the Pokemon Go! craze has hit our household.
Bennett has created a second generation gamer in our little Lou and they've been waiting well over a year for this game to come out. I remember Bennett showing me a teaser video about the it last year and me not "getting it". Well....I still kind of don't "get it". But, I do get that they love playing it, and going out exploring together. So that's good enough for me!
Louis is naturally a little gamer kid, totally following in his Daddy's shoes. We knew he'd love Pokemon and it's only natural that he'd also be wanting a special Pokemon shirt. JoAnn fabrics carries a TON of licensed wovens and Lou was super excited to find some Pokemon in the mix while we were out one day.
He practically threw the fabric at me and let me know that I'd be making him something with it. Haha. This is how it goes now. Don't ever let your children know that you're capable of making things. They'll always expect it.
I am a big fan of fun prints. And the opposite of a big fan of spending money on fancy knit prints. Okay, so I'm cheap. But seriously, if it's over $9 a yard, I have to spend so much time thinking if it's worth my purchase or not...and I usually don't end up with it. For me, fabric is quantity over quality. I want to sew a lot of awesome things and I don't have a lot of money to do so. Cutting corners is totally my jam.
Enter: Novelty Cotton Fabrics.
Hello lifesaver! I do nothing different to the Jolly Roger Raglan pattern itself. I don't add width or change the ease at all. I just cut everything out of knit, but cut the front panel out of the cotton woven that I want. Because of the construction of a raglan sleeve, you're not really losing anything in the stretch of the neckband...so the shirt still easily slides over their head. And because Louis is built like an average kid, in that he doesn't have hips or curves or a belly to worry about, there's no need for added ease in the pattern either. It's perfection.
In case you're wondering, we have a house divided. Bennett is Team Instinct and Louis is Team Mystic. Normally I don't think Louis would have picked a team that was different than his Daddy's. But Bennett's team color is yellow. And Louis is a blue man. He just can't get behind a color that he isn't his favorite of all time. I'm sure you understand.
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