Well, I fell off the blog posting bandwagon but I did manage to keep sewing.
This shirt, another 90-minute special (muscle-style inspired by Meg's), is just for my littler guy. I don't know about other parents of same-gender siblings, but I usually end up concentrating my sewing energy on clothes to fit my older son. Sewing with an eye to hand-me-downs just makes sense--because gosh darnit, if I spend time making something, I want to be sure it gets worn and worn again.
But every once in a while, you realize they deserve something all their own, even if it will only be worn half as often.
For some people Goodnight Moon might be the classic children's book, but we didn't have it on our shelves growing up. It took me many, many times reading it as an adult to get over how WEIRD it is. The colors! The stitled rhymes! The illogic! [sidebar: if you've never read Wise and Hurd's companion collaboration, My World, check it out. Even more bizarre.]
But when my own son started speaking, I realized that what Margaret Wise does so well is capture the way very young children think and speak. Her books started to remind me of the beginning of James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and if that isn't a favorable literary comparison (to an equally unsettling novel) I don't know what is. As for Clement Hurd's illustrations, I still think they are weird. But they are nothing if not recognizable, and so, since I wanted to make something for my second son--who loves Goodnight Moon even more than his brother did--I thought something from Hurd's palette would be appropriate. I got added inspiration from this amazing quilt, which captures the mood of the book so well.
After sewing the shirt up (again using a thrifted tee and ribbing from Jo-Ann's), I felt like the look was less "Goodnight Moon" and more "Good Morning 1982":
So I added the freezer paper stencil to make my point clear. It's from the page that reads "Goodnight cow jumping over the moon," and I may even paint those words on, in blue, later. I love that illustration and the way the picture on the little bunny's wall loses the frame it was pictured in earlier: I think it speaks to the way the bunny makes all the things in his room more real by bidding them goodnight, and the way all our kids' imagination works--especially in those moments as they drop off to sleep.
I plan one more post-kids' clothes week post, I think--it's been so great watching and reading about the amazing things others have produced.