Kids Clothes Week: Lion Summer Shirt


My final project for Kids Clothes Week is the Boy’s Classic Summer Shirt from Interweave. I bought this Ed Emberley print with a shirt in mind about a year ago, so I’m really happy I finally got to make it! My son’s current favourite bedtime story is The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman, which is about a little Indian boy who outwits fearsome tigers in the jungle. We’ve also recently been to Africa Alive in Suffolk, so he’s interested in lions too!


The shirt was easy to make, much simpler than the Sketchbook shirts I’ve made previously. The sketchbook shirts have a lot of charming details in them, such as the back placket and sleeves, but it does require a lot more effort and I wanted something simpler for Kids’ Clothes Week.


The pattern is however, a bit too simple in that it doesn’t give the seam allowances or any guidance about finishing. I serged the edges as I finished each seam and used a 1/2″ seam allowance. There are also no illustrations, so the experience of making the other shirts was very helpful in completing this one.


The sizing is quite generous, I made a size 5 for my son who will turn 5 in July, and it’s quite loose fitting. I happened to have some gold thread left over from this project which matched perfectly. I only had 4 buttons but think I got them on Ebay so will see if I can find some more.



I think I will take a rest from sewing for the rest of the day and enjoy the sunshine!


  1. April 28, 2013 / 11:30 am

    Oh gosh this is so cute! I LOVE that fabric, and all the little details, the buttons and the top stitching!

  2. April 28, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    i know what you mean about the Sketchbook shirt – I absolutely love it, but it takes so much more time to get a button-down done…Cool looking shirt though!

  3. April 28, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    i know exactly what you mean about the sketchbook shirt – it is my absoluter favorite pattern, but it takes sooo long with all the details…great job on this shirt

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