O. has been wearing those cheap-o stretchy gloves, and they weren't cutting it any longer. He really liked the convertible mittens I bought him last year, but we could only find one. So I broke out the Green Pepper Glove-itts pattern that I've had for a while, but hadn't yet sewn up. He sketched a specific design that he wanted on the backs,and then we went to the fleece stash in the basement to "shop". He was going to go with blue until he saw the camo, which would match his glasses.
The pattern is adult sizes, so I shrunk the small size to 90% and hoped for the best. They were really, really, really fiddly to sew up, especially compared to quick mittens I've made in the past, but I think it was worth it. The fit and shaping is really nice, although I never in a million years would have guessed how the pieces -- especially the finger gusset -- would go together. You just need to roll with it! The only issue I ran into is that the mitten flap is too long (he is only seven), even though I took an additional 1/2" off in addition to shrinking the pattern.
When I asked him what the appliqued designs he wanted were supposed to be, he just said it was his symbol. He cracks me up. They don't show up very well on the camo, but he's happy with them anyway.
Then we decided to make a matching also. His Badger hat from last year still fits, but now that he has grown out his thick hair, it's rather snug. There was just enough fleece left to make another The Rainshed Convertible Bomber Hat, as long as I lined the ear flaps with black fleece. I made the child's M/L again, but added an extra 1/4" to each side. Much better fit.
|He's wearing his Death Eater shirt!|
I tried to get an action shot of both the hat and mittens this morning, but his ride came a little earlier than I expected, so I got this instead: