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One year ago on this weekend, my husband graduated!!! 
I hadn’t started this blog at the time, so I thought I’d dig up my pictures to show you this little baby graduation outfit I made. 
Isn’t he so cute?
and by he, I mean both of them 😀
 We were approached later by a newspaper reporter who had taken these pictures of my husband and son walking across the stage. He did a little interview with me, and these pictures were on the front page of the newspaper the following day. That was a fun surprise!

We’ve gotten a lot of use out of this little outfit- he wore it again to his Uncle Taylor’s high school graduation.
I actually made the outfit four years ago for our first daughter when my husband received his undergrad degree. I was a middle school sewing teacher at the time, and made this in between class periods.
I didn’t take how-to pictures, but here are a few tips in case you want to make one of your own for this upcoming graduation season.
For the hat:
  1. Use a piece of cardboard from a cereal box, cut it into a square.
  2. Cover it with black fabric and hot glue it to the back.
  3. Hand sew a black button in the middle of the square, through the fabric and cardboard.
  4. Add a tassle of some sort. I found mine in the curtain section of Wal-Mart.
  5. Sew a little chef’s hat type of thing, with thin elastic in it. You’ll need to make a casing, etc.
  6. Hand sew the cardboard part to the hat part.
For the gown:
  1. You’ll only need a little bit of fabric. I think I used half a yard, but I can’t remember exactly. I used the cheapest broadcloth I could find. But a shiny black satin would be adorable.
  2. For the pattern, basically I just laid out the fabric on a big table, and started playing around with it. I created a back side, then folded over the 2 front edges to create a cape type thing. From there I figured out the collar and arm holes. I finished all the edges.
  3. Along the chest, I added 3 darts to each side for decoration. You can’t see them in any of these pictures.
  4. To close the gown, I used a couple hook and eyes.

Once upon a time…

I started a blog. This is a tale of my projects, goals, and dreams. Thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I hope you have a beautiful day.

xoxo, Rach H.