Archive for February, 2009

Child’s Art Smock from a Man’s Shirt

My little boy recently started kindergarten, and on the list of things he had to bring was an art smock (called a garbacha in Spanish, I had absolutely no clue what that meant!). Money has been tight lately (hasn’t it everywhere?), and luckily for me I just happened to have come across this fantastic post via forty-two roads via Craft’s blog on how to make a child’s art smock from an old shirt. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, actually.

I also, as it happened, had a brand-new red shirt that was leftover from uniforms we had at our old cafe (somehow this one had never been embroidered with the cafe logo, so it was still sitting in its package in my sewing room). Again, perfect! Her directions are super clear, and I whipped this up in about an hour. I made a couple of minor changes, mostly because he’s going to be wearing it in class: I did end up hemming all of the raw edges on all of the pieces, and I also lengthened the ties that go around the tummy area (5-6 inches seemed way to short; I went with 12 inches and they still could have been longer — I suggest if you also make this smock to use pieces at least 2.5″ wide and 15-20″ long, and making the shoulder straps longer as well).

My son absolutely loves it, and he’ll definitely be the only kid in the class with this art smock!

My kiddo in his new art smock. The color of the smock even matches his school uniform!

My kiddo in his new art smock. The color of the smock even matches his school uniform!

The back of the smock -- the ties are a little on the short side, so I'd make them longer if I made another one of these.

The back of the smock -- the ties are a little on the short side, so I'd make them longer if I made another one of these.

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