Today, as part of the Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JubeJube Productions, I’m happy to share with you this fun and comfy back to school look – Peekaboo Pattern Shop style!
I used the Grand Slam Tee with 3/4 length sleeves and a bit of extra length in hopes that this shirt will last almost the whole school year. The 3/4 length sleeves will stay out of his way as he creates messy art projects but still provide enough warmth to be worn through the fall and winter months. The fabric is fun polyester spandex blend that is reversible – solid on one side, striped on the other. It is a bit thicker than the fabrics normally used for raglans, but it adds a nice bit of structure and warmth making it perfect for cooler weather. Because of the structure of the fabric and the fact that it is just a 2 way stretch, I finished the neck using a binding method instead of the recommended band. I also added some top-stitching to the sleeve seams to finish off the polished look. I just love how comfy and soft it turned out!
Now, it is worth mentioning, that the last time I made this little guy pants, several months ago, he quite innocently wore holes in them playing baseball… mere hours after I finished up the project. He was SO sad because he loved them and he thought they were extra special because mommy made them. This time around, I took some advice from Alisha – an expert on little boy fashion – and used a medium weight denim paired with a pattern that includes reinforced knee patches. The Rough n’ Tumble Pants are designed for durability AND fashion. In addition to the sturdy knee patches, which add visual interest as well as serve a practical purpose, there are front patch pockets, a faux fly, and back welt pockets. As far as the waistband goes – no buttons or zippers! Just a comfy, easy-on elastic waist.
By far, my favorite part of the process was when I tried this shirt – still unhemmed and the neck unfinished – on little brother just to get an idea of what size he would wear. And little brother LOVED the shirt so much he wouldn’t take it off… even though it practically went to his knees. He fell asleep wearing it that night. I knew I needed to make him his own version as soon as possible. The reversible fabric made it possible for little brother to have a shirt that coordinates with big brother, but doesn’t match exactly. I just LOVE how much this little guy looks up to his big brother who, in turn, watches out for the little guy. Such a gift!
Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to enter into the Rafflecopter giveaway! And many thanks to Amy from Peekaboo Pattern Shop for graciously providing these patterns, which are sure to become fast favorites around here!
Friday’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from Gracious Threads and 1 PDF pattern from Designs by Call Ajaire
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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star