I signed up to participate in a mystery challenge - where a group of bloggers are each assigned a random partner who gives gives the blogger a theme that they must create a project for. Karly from Paisley Roots was assigned to give me a theme and she chose London Dapper. I started looking on pinterest and saw a lot of suit jackets, button-down shirts, and trouser-style pants. I told Karly this would be a challenge for me as I usually went pretty casual. In the end I'm not sure I rose to the challenge so much as I brought the challenge down to me.
I considered making some formal clothes for my little guy because I am still the one who dresses him, so I knew I could get the clothes on him, while the big kid might flat out refuse. But it is my big kid who is more in need of clothes now, so I decided to find a way to make an outfit for him that would fit the challenge.
In browsing pinterest I did see some cowl-neck sweaters in the dapper category and I knew my big kid would wear that, especially if I made it in fleece. I used the varsity cowl neck pullover pattern (affiliate link) from Peek-a-Boo pattern shop and some navy blue micro-fleece that I had purchased for $1/yard from a fabric store near where I work.
I also wanted to make a collared shirt. I was thinking that layering the shirt under the cowl neck pullover would give it a more formal look, but in the end the collared shirt wasn't even visible under the pullover. My big kid recently told me he doesn't wear shirts with buttons, so I decided to make a knit pullover shirt with a collar and a slit so it could get over his head. I mashed a few different patterns together to get the look I was going for. I used a grey and navy striped knit that I had purchased on Girl Charlee, but I didn't quite have enough to make the long sleeves, so I decide to make a faux layered look with a solid navy sleeve underneath.
I had also wanted to make a pair of pants for the big kid. I was thinking a trouser-style pair of jeans or something like that, but I didn't end up having time. Then I realized that I had made him a pair of pants a couple months ago that I had never blogged about that could work. They are made out of a tan corduroy that I think might have also come from the $1/yard barrel at the fabric store near where I work. I used the little heartbreaker pants pattern from Sewing for Boys (affiliate link). They are wide leg, where much of the stuff I saw in my pinterest search was skinny leg, but they do have kind of a trouser look to them and I figured homemade pants that didn't quite fit the challenge were better than store-bought pants, so I went with it.
In the end, I am pretty happy with the outfit although it doesn't exactly scream "dapper."
And I think my big kid will get a lot of use out of the items this fall.
Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who participated in the mystery challenge below:
Friends Stitched Together - History of Flight - 8/17
Felt with Love Designs - Under the Sea - 8/18
Knot Sew Normal - Fruit - 8/19
Friends Stitched Together - My Little Pony - 8/20
The Berry Bunch - Cover Up - 8/21
Pensebrox - Titanic - 8/22
Tangible Pursuits - London Dapper - 8/23
Rebel and Malice - Disco - 8/24
Sewing Sober - Espionage - 8/25
Sugaridoo - Musical Instruments - 8/26
Lulu and Celeste - Morpho Butterfly/Rainforest - 8/27
Paisley Roots - Classic Summer Movies - 8/28
Create 3.5 - Morocco - 8/29
Mae&K - Solar System - 8/30
The Sewing Sparrow - Safari - 8/31