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« on: June 12, 2014 08:20:28 PM »



A while ago, Spud 3 said he wanted to be a brick wall for Halloween. It was the night before the party. I didn't have anything that even vaguely looked like bricks.  I put it on hold.  He found a fedora and a trench coat.  Not sure what he was but he was happy.

Spud 3 is know as the Kid in the Hawaiian shirts.  Has worn them almost exclusively since he was about 3.  Fortunately he has relatives who travel and always has a supply of authentic ones.  

What does that have to do with a brick wall?  Well, nothing much except for the fact that Hawaiian shirts are pretty easy to construct.  And, once I finally found some brick fabric... well, it was a done deal.  Sort of.  

Bricks are like plaid.  They look better if they match.  Kid didn't say he wanted to be a quake devastated wall.  

So the fabric languished.  Until my mom showed up.  She is a seamstress.  An amazingly talented woman.  She knows matching!  She placed the pattern pieces and cut them out so that the bricks lined up PERFECTLY!  Even the bricks on the sleeves line up.  It is a magical talent as far as I'm concerned.  



It took a bit more time for me to get up the nerve to attempt to put together the perfectly cut fabric.  I made it most of the way and then stalled out when I boofed the collar.  

A short while ago, I told the spud I was finally going to quilt his quilt.  He said "finish my shirt first".  So... ta da!  A brick wall Hawaiian shirt!  AND it fits.  AND get a load of how those bricks line up.  Thanks MOM!

Have to say this was easier than the ren faire costume for Spud 1 or the still to be figured out dragon sweatshirt for Spud 2.  They don't make it easy on me!
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014 01:42:59 AM »

Well done on finishing it.  Your Mum did a great job of fussy cutting the fabric to make it all line up. He better not grow out of it before Halloween.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2014 06:30:02 AM »

Gotta love our Mommas. Mine tought me to stitch by hand at age 4 or 5. Yours did wonderful with the pattern line up. And great job for you sewing it together. I hate plaid! Especially with cheap fabric that is printed off grain.

And I never learned how sewing thread makes all the difference in the world until I worked in a fabric store. I used to use the cheap crap, and blamed myself. NOPE. It was just the cheap thread. Get the good stuff.

Like a mechanic who only owns a crescent wrench?  Grin The proper tools makes all the difference, and takes the frustration out of things.

You did a great job. I hope mr. spud boy enjoys his costume!

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2014 06:53:42 AM »

Great back story!!

The shirt looks PERFECT (I am so about the lining up of patterns...)...thank goodness you had expert help from your Mom!!  I bet the next one will be easier for you...  Wink

Now, I am going to need that fabric as my hubby is a huge fan of Pink Floyd...I am going to have to make him something with that fabric!...please tell me it is still available somewhere!

Another Brick in the Wall would be my choice in Music! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2014 07:56:25 AM »

Awesome story, awesome shirt. Gotta love the odd kiddo-inspired crafts! I'm sure he loves it.

Haha, while I'm partial to Dark Side of the Moon, I love a good Pink Floyd reference, always. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014 09:00:03 AM »

The fabric is an older piece from one of the major quilt fabric companies.  Unfortunately, I don't have the selvage to tell you what it is.  There are a number of companies producing landscape fabrics that usually have bricks.  There is a new yellow brick fabric I just saw that is part of a Wizard of Oz collection.  And Spoonflower has lots of variations on brick fabric. 

Thanks all.  He loves it. 
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