I have made a ton of (OK, fine: three) knit shirts for E in the past year so I felt like I should take it up a notch for Celebrate the Boy and come up with something that wasn’t a dress shirt or a t-shirt or a hoodie. Seems like that’s pretty much what’s out there for boys (which I can totally get excited about) but that wasn’t what I was going for here; I wanted something that didn’t scream “casual” OR “dressy.” And I think I got it. Actually I don’t care, I just really love this:

This linen/tencel blend that I found at Material Girls is absolutely dreamy and gets softer and softer each time it washes. It’s not really wrinkly, just wobbles up in that nice washed-linen kind of way. And of course I put it in the dryer, so let’s hope I preshrunk it enough. The facing fabric is from the Tailor Made line from Cosmo Cricket for Andover (which I got at Whipstitch, looks like she still has it). 
not sure what’s up with the kitchen timer. guess the boy likes a good prop to fiddle with.

If you’ve been around here for awhile you know that I’m crazy about tunics with the facings on the outside. First there was the Octotunic, then there were the swim coverups, and then this little whale pj top. This top is basically the whale pattern adapted for woven fabrics (which in a nutshell means widening the armholes and pushing out the sides a bit so you can get it over their big little heads without too much trouble). The cuffs fold up, or not, and I dig the decorative facings on the side vents. I’m calling this the “Charlie tunic” because I think he looks like Charlie of Charlie and Lola in it. 
And hope you like it, because guess what, I made two more! What can I say, when I’m on a roll, I’m on a roll. Pictures of the others will be forthcoming. Do you like it?
Categories: CELEBRATE THE BOY 2011
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49 Responses to Charlie Pullover Tunic

  1. Kelly Irene says:

    LOVE it! This is a great, classic look, and the fabrics are so cute :)

  2. Claudia says:

    L-O-V-E it, Rae! I just made a girl tunic last night and am now inspired to make one for my son. Thanks, and have fun tonight! Claudia

  3. Cerise says:

    It looks fantastic! Is there a pattern available? Would love to make one for my boys…and me…looks SO comfy.

  4. stacey says:

    I LOVE these that you keep making and SO want to make one for my son but can't seem to find a pattern for placket like that anywhere – (this is me begging for a tutorial) – :)

  5. Karen says:

    You know I love it. LOVE it.

  6. Bethany says:

    What an EXCELLENT use of that fabric! I love this.

  7. Kristy says:

    Love this! The design and the fabrics you chose!

  8. by night says:

    I adoooore!

  9. dana says:

    I LOVE it! I love anything E is wearing :) and anything you make of course :)

  10. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home says:

    I LOVE this! That fabric around the neck is wonderful!

  11. hungie gungie says:

    stop it! this is too cute…

  12. Clover says:

    NOt fair to post with out a pattern…:-(. This is one of the best shirts I have seen for a boy that is a bit different than tees and button downs.

  13. ~Beth D. says:

    I love it! I'm not as much into the tunic as you are, but this could change my mind!

  14. Chris says:

    I love the placket, Rae. I might have to try one of these!

  15. Sabra says:

    I'm in love with that placket. And I didn't comment before, but those pants are really wonderful. I need to grab that pattern and make a few pair.

  16. Erin says:

    i LOVE it, especially the name – I think I need to make my little Charlie one ASAP!

  17. Rachel Hauser says:

    Clever, happy and boyish! And your model makes everything look good!

  18. hilary says:

    I love this! And I have linen AND that very fabric… I would love a pattern!

  19. Rachel says:

    I think it is so sweet. I love the facing fabric.

  20. commonthreads says:

    Love it! I want one. okay – now to find the fabric and the time!

  21. papelhilo-l'araignée says:

    i love everything ! the fabrics you chose, the pattern, the details of hidden pattern fabric …
    very cute !

  22. Myrnie says:

    Almost a European look? So classic, I love it :) I would never know what to do with the fun prints you find (rulers??!) but you do such great things!

  23. milene says:

    géniale !

  24. jo says:

    It's beautiful Rae! I often feel a little bummed that there are so few top options for boys (you are right, it's pretty much shirt, t-shirt or hoodie), but this is great! Please please please give us a tutorial!

  25. am12pm says:

    I just love this shirt for boys! I am going to jump on the "You need to share a pattern!" bandwagon!!!!

  26. Faith Pray says:

    I LOVE this shirt! Now THIS is a boy shirt, a great shirt, a shirt that evokes timeless, ethnic, and darling without being one bit girlie. Fantastic!

  27. Bri @ intrepidinsight says:

    looooove it. Too cute.

  28. Kayla says:

    O-M-Gosh I love this! You did such a great job

  29. Lizzy says:

    cute! love it!

  30. zu_e9 says:

    so gorgeous..love it..
    love d fabby looks fantastic..

  31. Katharine says:

    Adorable! Looks like a great transition into summer piece.

    I just made my son pajamas out of that same fabric last week! This next week, I am making my daughter matching ones with the pink version :)

  32. shawn & bekah says:

    FABULOUS! I'm hoping you'll post a tutorial on making the shirt… my little boy, and girls need shirts like that! LOVE the pants too. Why aren't you my neighbor?!

  33. mama-pan | mary frances says:

    this is great!! using the pattern on the vents is such a great detail. three cheers for tunics :-)

  34. Worcester park Taxis says:

    Well, it looks such a fantastic and too much beautiful. It is very nice pattern.

  35. Ria says:

    Rae, thank you so much for the inspiration. I'm going to make my own version, now I've seen this one. It's so hard to find tunics for boys, even here in Europe (the Netherlands). Luckely I have enough sewing experience now to translate a shirt pattern into this kind of wear. And those plackets! What a great touch. Oh… all those fabrics I have and can use for them. Ever since I saw you picture I'm dreaming about it. Thanks!!!!

  36. Pam says:

    Love it! Please, could you tell me the name of the tape measure fabric. I must have some! Thanks

  37. Dulcimer says:

    I love it! And the fabrics? Soooo cute!

  38. The Branch Family says:

    That is exactly what I've been looking for for my DS. Is there a pattern somewhere that I'm missing?

  39. Max California says:

    omg he DOES look like Charlie! ahahaha cuuuute.

  40. Chicken Lips says:

    LOVE this shirt. I was checking every link to see if there was a hint about a pattern or measurements. *pouty* This will be a good challenge. Thanks for the inspiration! Been looking for something classic and easy wearing for my boys, this is perfection!!!

  41. Chicken Lips says:

    LOVE this shirt. I was checking every link to see if there was a hint about a pattern or measurements. *pouty* This will be a good challenge. Thanks for the inspiration! Been looking for something classic and easy wearing for my boys, this is perfection!!!

  42. Rae says:

    Hi friends! So I hate to make promises about patterns on the blog because I tend to be very slow when it comes to producing (something about being a mom?!?), but I have been working on this as a pattern…Anyway, stay tuned, currently I have sizes 12 months -5T in the works.

  43. Heather & Alvaro says:

    I love it- I can't wait for the pattern!

  44. sailie says:

    love it !

  45. Sally says:

    Like lots of others here, I can hardly wait to get the pattern. I'm a grandma with grandboys, just not near by so I can't measure and mess around to make my own pattern. I'm depending on you, Rae, to come through for me.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I would also LOVE to see a pattern!

  47. Romona says:

    I love this shirt. I can not wait for the pattern to make it for my little boy and girl!

  48. Justine says:

    Like everyone else – hope to see the pattern soon!

  49. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely LOVE this. Have tried searching for some to buy for my son, but can’t find any, so I want to tackle making one…do you have a pattern or did you just adapt the octotunic pattern to be smaller? Please help me make one : P

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