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