This weekend the son of our friends had a third birthday party with a “rocking robot” theme. How cute is that? He is such a handsome little guy. If you don’t believe me, check out his mom’s blog here, he is absolutely adorable.
I had originally thought of making him a robot from this awesome amigurumi book, and configuring some sort of felt-based guitar. but had already crocheted him a toy last year. His mom did a really cool shout-out to me this summer, which appealed to my vanity so I had to step up my game even more this time around .
Even though he is only three, Hank has sort of an alternative, retro-ish cool sense of style going on. With winter upon us, my thought was….retro flannel robot pajamas!!
First order of business was to scour the internet for a good robot image to pilfer. I didn’t really know what I wanted, but my thoughts were relatively friendly, cute, and kind of retro looking. My husband/design consultant/critic and I couldn’t agree on a good robot image for Hank from the internet. After I managed to convince him that Bender from Futurama would be inappropriate for a 3 year old, he volunteered to design one. Here are some of the concept sketches:
He finally got the chance to put his fine arts degree to work…. Not really too many opportunities in his day to day life as a school psychologist….
Even Josie got in on the action.
I told my husband that my vision of a “rockin’ robot” was a party-bot that looked like a disco-frenzy induced love child of the Android robot and Ike from SouthPark. This was the final result:
I used this pajama pattern (version E) and some blue plaid flannel fabric I had on hand.
And finally, some action shots. Josie was gracious enough to model these (HUGE!!) pajamas before they got all washed up and ready to go.
Happy birthday Hank!!!