Even though I love Henry’s entire Spring/Summer collection, I think today’s outfit is my very favorite. It looks so classy and masculine, but it’s still great for little boys to play in. The colors, the print, the suspenders; I love it all!
The shorts are made from cotton pants I got from a clothing swap. I kept the original back pockets, the original zipper fly front and button, and the ties. They aren’t chartreuse, but I didn’t find any chartreuse pants, and I thought that would be too feminine looking. I feel like this green is in the same color family as chartreuse so it works. The pockets have gray corduroy facing which you can see on Henry’s right pocket.
I made the fedora using Melly Sews fedora pattern and tutorial. I used linen that I found in the bargain bin. It’s so beautiful! I made this hat twice. The first time I made it it was way too small; I somehow printed it off wrong. Luckily, I took a hat-making class in college which helped immensely when making this hat. See my cowboy hat and cloche hat I made. It’s lined with vintage zigzag cotton fabric (not pictured, sorry!). It’s HUGE on him because I didn’t know how to resize it, but he’ll be able to wear it for years. He already loves it and wears it whenever we go outside to play.
I made the shirt from a linen hoodie I got from a clothing swap. I used the original button placket and sleeve hems. After I cut out all the pieces, I printed the fabric with an antique penning-farthing stamp I carved. I added a mandarin collar with a lime green collar facing. I love that it’s linen because it’ll breathe well, and he’ll be able to wear it a lot even when it’s hot.
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers. You can also learn how to sew a zipper.