Last year, I realized that Ralphie had a lot of button-down shirts that still fit - he wore his bowling shirt several times and wore the both vintage cross-stitch shirts a lot- but this year, he'll definitely need to move up a size or two. I bought him the seagull print when I was out the other day and it's pretty much what I had in mind. Yes, quilting cotton is probably not the very best fabric to make a shirt out of, but I find that with small kids you can get away with a less luxurious drape. Besides, I have a lot of trouble finding prints that are both interesting and suitable for boys. I'm in love with those seagulls! Put a bird on it, indeed! There are a couple more prints in my stash that might work as well. I'll have to do some digging.
He has a number of tee shirts that he likes too. I bought him a Where the Wild Things Are tee at the Toronto Reference Library gift shop about a month ago. I can't find an image of it online for some reason, but it's pretty great.
Last year I did make him a couple of pairs of shorts and discovered after I'd made them up that they were actually a bit below knee length. I meant to make them shorter, but I never got around to it and the length actually worked out well - Ralphie's little legs were better protected from the sun, for starters and they seemed to be cool enough to be comfortable. I'll do the same this summer.
I'm probably going to stick with the faux-fly, flat-front, elastic back with side and back patch pockets I've been making over and over again for the last year or more. They're not too fussy to make, the flat front makes them look like he's dressed enough to leave the house, and the ease of getting them on and off means he can dress and undress himself.
I already found a pair of leather fisherman's sandals in the thrift store a couple of weeks ago, but, alas, I'm probably going to have to buy a new straw hat. They never last more than a season!
So that's the summer wardrobe plan. It isn't terribly exciting or innovative. In fact, it looks a lot like last summer's wardrobe. I suspect that barring some special event sewing, that's probably where we're at for the season.