First off, we love the zoo!! We have a season pass to our local zoo and go a lot! So when season 9's themes came up I knew this one had our name on it.
My son LOVES the penguins. So much so we stop there for probably 10 minutes every time we go. He is fascinated with them. I knew right from the beginning our inspiration would be a penguin.
We decided to make a three piece outfit (4 if you count the belt that isn't pictured here but he has to have or all his pants fall off! You can get the tutorial HERE).
It is still chilly in March and April where we live. So I knew I wanted to make a sweater or jacket. I wanted to start with my color scheme which was mainly black and white and then add just a little pop of color just like the penguins in our zoo. So I chose to use the Reversible Zippy Jacket by Kitschy Coo and make the main side black jersey while the inside was Angry Bird Fabric.
Not only does my son love Angry Birds, but the fabric had just the right pop of color. Reds and yellows!! The best part is that it is reversible. So he has some choices when getting dressed. And he loves it!
For the inside, we wanted to address the signature look of the penguin. We decided on making a simple v-neck t-shirt but doing a little color blocking. (We did something similar to this a couple seasons ago for the Candy Challenge.)
We used the Vintage V-Neck by Blank Slate Patterns as our starting point. Then we slashed the pattern and split it into the two color blocks. (see tutorial here)
It might not be as decorative as an actual penguin, but it gives you the idea.
Finally, the jeans. We used the Classic Chinos Pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. (affiliate) They are an upcycle of Dad's old jeans. I changed the pockets to a patch pocket using THIS TUTORIAL.
In the end, I feel like we did a pretty good job. A nice classic outfit with a little color.