Sew In Tune

Sew In Tune: Alida Makes

Hey y’all! I’m so happy to be participating in Sew In Tune today. You see, this is mine and Gabe’s special project. Each year we look forward to Sew In Tune so we can collaborate together on a song and an outfit. This year I was a little nervous about it. Gabe is eleven and it’s getting harder and harder to sew for him. He knew he wanted a brown vest, so naturally we started listening to folk music. After about an hour we finally chose Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show.

Sew In Tune: Alida Makes

Sew In Tune: Alida Makes

Wagon Wheel is about a man hitchhiking down the east coast from New England to North Carolina (my home state!).  The cool thing about this song is that it the chorus and melody were originally written by Bob Dylan, but the song was never released. Christ Fuqua, future co-founder of OCMS, found a bootleg copy of it while on vacation with his family in London in 9th grade. He gave it to Ketch Secor, (future band co-founder) who fleshed it out and made it into what it is today, a great folk song. Did I mention they were in high school?!

Sew In Tune: Alida Makes

Gabe was drawn to this song because he plays the guitar and the violin, so folk music is right up his alley. He also loves the clothing style of the band. I would describe their style as one part country, one part rock and roll, and one part Newsies.

Old Crow Medicine Show

 See what I mean? 😉

So a Newsies style brown vest and a rock and roll long sleeved tee shirt it is! For the gray raglan tee, I used this Burda pattern. I also used it in Gabe’s STYLO look in the first issue, you can see that HERE. It’s a great pattern but if he grows anymore he will outgrow it! This is the 14, after that it’s men’s sizes??? How did that happen? I used Sew Much Ado’s Schoolboy Vest Pattern for the vest. I made the size 12 and it fits him really well. Surprisingly this is my first time making a real vest. It was a quick project and I will definitely be making more! I decided I wanted him to be able to wear it to church this summer so I made it out of linen. I regretted that decision after seeing him after church last Sunday, wrinkles all over his back. SIGH. I used my coveted vintage brown wooden buttons and I love the way they look!

Sew In Tune: Alida Makes

Maybe some day I’ll take a video of Gabe playing this song, but he’s still learning it so I’m including the music video instead.  You’ve probably heard the Darius Rucker version of this song, which is also awesome, but I really appreciate the purity of the Old Crow Medicine Show version. Is this your first time hearing it? Tell me what you think!


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20 thoughts on “Sew In Tune

  1. I love that this is your little project together, Alida. The vest turned out great and now that I’ve got a boy that’s just about to size out of most Indie patterns, it’s so nice to see sewing patterns that will work for the older boys. I think the folksy style suites him perfectly!

  2. I agree with Jen, Gabe is such a handsome boy! I’ve never heard that song before, but I love it! And he looks great in his vest, thanks so much for using my pattern :).

  3. He is so handsome. I love what you did and I love this song :). So cool to choose it together with your son–my 11 year old son doesn’t wear much that I sew anymore (insert sad face).

  4. I have been following your amazing blog for a while and this post inspired me to write. I have an 8 1/2 year old boy and I have only been sewing him pajamas for fear of missing the mark. He graciously loves everything I make but it never occurred to me that we should collaborate. Thanks so much for this inspiration. Love your blog!

  5. Wow! He looks great! So cute. My daughter (10) loves Wagon Wheel and plays it on her mandolin – one of the first she wanted to learn. We live in NC so enjoy the song. Great post, great outfit. Thanks!

  6. He is so handsome! Almost as good as my two boys. =) Awesome that you listen to what he likes so he is happy to work with you.

  7. Great outfit!!! Looks so handsome! Oh…and if you’re interested in another Bob Dylan one, he gave OCMS a tape of another unrecorded song and asked them to make it a full song…it’s on their new album (Sweet Amarillo)

  8. Just stumbled across this post somehow. I think I came over to see “Sew the Show: Friends” and just started wandering around. :o) Anyways…I love this song, love the band, but more than that…I love this project with your son! We have to be a bit more creative to get to sew for our boys, especially as they get older! (My oldest will turn 9 this Summer.)


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