Today we are excited to introduce a new series on the blog called Outdoor Ready. Let me introduce you to its creator, Ashley. She is a mother of two and an outdoor enthusiast living in Northern California (home to some of the most spectacular outdoor adventures on earth). She is kicking off the series with hiking shirts. Take it away Ashley.
Hello everyone! We are more than halfway through summer vacation, which means that camping, hiking, boating, and all sorts of other outdoor activities are well underway. Just this spring, my own kids turned three and four, and after some backyard camp outs, the time had come for the real deal. Our first hiking/camping venture included a fair sampling of the great outdoors: poison oak, stinging nettle, mosquitoes, flies, dirt, mud, sand, rocks, thorns, salt and fresh water. In short, a raging success, but one that required no fewer than four complete wardrobe changes per child, just for an overnight trip! Every last article of clothing came back filthy, damp, torn and stained. I was determined to somehow streamline our outdoor adventure packing checklist as well as keep everyone as comfortable as possible on future trips.
It initially did not occur to me to attempt to make performance wear for my kids because I had no familiarity with or access to the fabrics. However, I happened to be organizing my patterns one day, and I noticed that several Oliver + S patterns are actually quite well suited for outdoor gear. The superior construction of the garments can stand up to all the great outdoors has to offer, if only created in the correct materials. After some research, field trips, and enlightening conversations, I’m happy to report that constructing your own active wear for your kids is fully within reach, and much easier than you might think. I want to share all the tips and tricks I’ve collected so you too can get your little ones outdoor ready!
First up, Sketchbook Shirts, hiking edition!