NO MORE Dinosaurs in Church on Christmas!

I don’t ask my boys to dress up often- I’m usually pretty laid back about what they wear, but I every year on Christmas and Easter I go digging frantically through their drawers to come up with something church appropriate for the holidays. And I usually come up empty- as their fashion sense leans more strongly toward garish graphic tees featuring Triassic predators.

But this year, I’ve finally found the solution: sweaters, from soft fabrics, that fit and feel like a t-shirt, but with a little more “style”. Just like their mama- they can’t resist a good cuddly sweater-knit, so during testing for the re-release of the Streamline Tee from New Horizons Designs, I raided my stash for the softest knits I could find and got to work on my plan.

The Streamline tee is a crew-neck raglan, with options for a variety of sleeve and hem lengths. I wouldn’t call it a “slim fit”, but it’s not baggy either- perfect for us! I made the sizes 8 and 6 for my boys- despite being twins they have a very unique build and it’s great to find a pattern that fits them both well.

The sleeves seem to run a little long- but I actually like that, as they tend to grow dramatically and unexpectedly, usually right after I’ve made them a bunch of things!

This sweater knit is from a Sincerely Rylee scrap pack last winter- the pieces were too small for me to use, but worked out perfectly for them. The pattern was changed slightly at the neckline after this version, to make it a little lower.

This is the final version, in a very drapey french terry knit from Love Adore Fabrics- despite the heat my son didn’t want to take this off!

I don’t expect it to hold up really well to the demands of an active boy, but it will be perfect for special occasions, and now I have a go-to boys raglan pattern for both casual and dress wear. Winning! And yeah, I know we need haircuts- but we are homeschoolers now and I’m told that’s as good an excuse as any to wear our soft-as-pajamas t shirts all day and lounge around with our shaggy hair.

And yes, they were both bribed with donuts for pictures. A mom’s got to have her tricks.

Can you believe these handsome guys are almost SEVEN???? Time needs to slooowww down!

You can grab the pattern here, and check out my other posts on sewing for boys here.

Here’s a little bit of sibling cute-ness to get you through your day:

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