Most years I make O a birthday shirt. Last year he even designed his own outfit! His 8th birthday is next week, but he didn't have any suggestions this time around.
We recently went on a trip to Boston, and one of O's favorite things was a tour of the USS Constitution, so I used that as my inspiration.
For the shirt itself, I chose the Fishstick Designs Patrick Curved Raglan, which I have sewn more than any other pattern. It is definitely one of my go-to boy patterns!
The life preserver is a combination of raw-edge applique and freezer paper stencil. I sewed the left side seam, then placed and sewed the applique before sewing up the other side.