My husband (whose excitement is as great as, or possibly more than, that of the children) thought it would be a great idea if all the kids wore matching shirts. Of course the cousins would need matching shirts as well, so I found myself making six shirts featuring those famous ears.
For the fabric, I used some exquisitely soft bamboo french terry. This particular roll had a defect - very faint striped lines in the dye - so I don't sell it on Bamblue Fabrics (although I do have a very similar color, perfect in every way, here). Despite the color defect, it is such a wonderful fabric to sew with, and it takes embroidery very well.
Here are the boy shirts:
And here are the girl shirts:
Pattern: Farbenmix Antonia
When I was deciding on the girly shirts, I must admit that I was thinking more about what my six-year-old daughter would like rather than the fashion preferences of her 10- and 12-year-old cousins. I had a panic-stricken moment when I realized just how girly these shirts were turning out. It's been a long time since I was 12, but I'm pretty sure I would not have worn such a shirt at that age (but then, I was well on my way to being a goth at 12, so I'm not the best judge of these things). Well, they can wear them or bury them in a dark corner of their suitcase, never to be seen again. I'll try to redeem myself with their Christmas presents.
Anyway, as long as I had fabric to kill, I also made myself a beach cover-up. I made it in approximately 20 minutes after pancakes this morning. My husband had to physically restrain me from embroidering something on it (well, that's being a little overly dramatic - he really said something along the lines of "it's fine the way it is.")
Pattern: McCalls 6347