A Day Late and A Dollar Short: My Boys’ New Parker’s T-shirts

Soooo, I ordered these awesome Slimer panels from Star Dust Textiles early this spring with big plans in mind to make matching Parker’s Vintage T-shirts for my four boys for Father’s Day. Plenty of time, right? I then procrastinated on them until the Daddy & Me Tour started, when I decided I really better get the shirts sewn up … and I discovered that one of the panels had gone missing. Wah! Guess that’s what I get for leaving them sit within little boys’ reach for several months! Luckily, my middle son was willing to have a slightly different Slimer shirt! (And, eventually, that panel will show up and I can make another Parker’s T-shirt in a bigger size for them to grow into, right?)

So, I’m late for Father’s Day AND I’m late for the Daddy & Me Tour … but I did get them done today for my dear hubby’s birthday! 😉


I seriously love that Parker’s Vintage Fit T-shirt come in both boy’s and men’s size ranges, so I can make them for all my boys! My 2-year-old is wearing a v-neck Parker made using an “infant” size panel. My 5-year-old got a v-neck Parker with the coordinating print front and black sleeves and back. My 7-year-old’s crew-neck Parker is made using a “child” size panel and black color blocking to match my husband’s size medium-tall shirt, which is made with the “teen” size panel (it was the biggest panel available for this round of custom fabric, although the company offers bigger panels now).

I cut all four shirts out last evening, measuring each panel and comparing to the front pattern pieces to determine how much black I needed to add around the edges to make it fit. I only had to sew a small strip to each side and then a piece of black across the top, so they look similar to my color block tutorial from last fall. The whole time I was sewing this afternoon, I kept hearing “Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!” in my head. Haha! Parker’s is so fast that it only took about 3 hours to sew all 4 shirts. I skipped the bottom hems since I was running out of daylight for pictures, but I’ll have to go back and finish those since the cotton/Lycra makes the bottoms curl up. Oops!

I wish I hadn’t gotten cocky on the 2-year-old’s neckband, thinking I could just attach the v-neck using my serger to avoid switching machines mid-construction … fixing it to look right was not fun and it definitely wasn’t easier than just using my sewing machine to sew it on! In retrospect, I also wish I’d have put his panel closer to the neckline and added some black to the bottom for length, but it still works okay. Live and learn!

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Getting these four guys to model nicely for me was a whole new project in itself! Between the ornery 7-year-old and the silly toddler, I set them into place for the above right pose at least 6 times because every time I backed up to take the picture one or both of those boys would move!

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Once I got the serious poses that I wanted done, we decided to do a couple goofy shots. I told them to pretend they were holding “proton guns” and so the picture above left is titled “don’t cross the streams” (Ghostbusters reference)! The above right photo is what I captured after declaring “silly faces.”

I’m not sure the boys will get to go see it, but I think hubby might have to wear his Slimer Parker’s T-shirt to see the new Ghostbusters remake that comes out next month! I’m kind of loving that the remake is starring women!

Happy Sewing!!  ~  Joelle

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