Saturday, August 30, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #4

I'm so excited to be part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #4 tour!

What is Perfect Pattern Parcel you ask?
About Pattern Parcel:  Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Pattern Parcel #4

That's right, this parcel is all about the boys, and I love sewing for my boys! In fact, these patterns are so fantastic I already owned quite a few of them and have sewn with them in the past.  I've taken a few past creations and added a few new items to create this preppy look for my boys, because who does love getting fancy every now and then.  But these patterns are so versatile they're easy to dress up or down. 

*Disclaimer: I was given these patterns to review in exchange for participation in the tour*

First up: the small fry skinnies by Titchy Threads.  This is my most favorite PDF pattern I have ever owned!  Seriously, it is that amazing.  The fantastic details and superb instructions combine to give you an amazing pair of pants that nobody will ever guess is homemade.  And the fit is perfection!  The perfect pair of tailored jeans without being over the top skinny. 

For this pair I used a lighter weight twill and left off the back pockets for a dressier type feel.  Perfect for both church or a day at the park.  This pattern is a staple for boy (or girl) sewing. 

Next: I used the Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs to create a classic white button up shirt.  This is a fun shirt with unique details to create a fun and stylish boys button up shirt.  For mine I left off the button tab and extended the sleeves to be able to cuff them and love the results.

And last but not least, The Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado.  This was my first pattern from Sew Much Ado, and boy have I been missing out.  The instructions are clear and concise and the pattern is amazing. 
The results are so professional, my husband didn't believe I actually made them!

I decided to make matching vests for my boys and couldn't be more pleased with the results.  The pattern includes and option for real or faux welt pockets (I went with faux) and can even be made completely reversible if needed.  And as you can see in the picture below, the inside is just as perfect as the outside.

But my favorite feature: the vest ties in back!  Seriously, how cute are they?!

One last thing!  I haven't told you yet about the awesome bonus pattern!

Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

Pattern Parcel #4

Have I convinced you yet that you need these patterns?! Be sure to snatch these up before this great package is gone! 

Buy Pattern Parcel #4

Now go get sewing for those little boys in your life!

And be sure to check out all these other blogs sewing up some boy fun!

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24 little betty sews

Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi's Mom

Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver's Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California

Friday, May 23, 2014

Freezer Paper Stencil Round-up

The blog Gracious Threads is currently hosting a series called Embellish is for Boys, and seeing how I sew mainly for boys this is right up my alley!  This week is all about freezer paper stenciling, which I've done more than my fair share of.  But I didn't realize quite how often I use this method until I started looking through all my old photos.  This is definitely one of my go-to ways to create fun, unique designs for my boys.  Here are just a few of the ways I've used freezer paper stenciling: 

Cool and hip mustache tee: check!

For the superhero lover, no problem!

 Personalization... easy squeezy!

I even stenciled a Batman belt!

I've used this method on quite a few birthday shirts for my boys, this is the most recent one. 

Duck, duck, goose!

And last but not least a one-of-a-kind tee for a visit to the Magic Kingdom!

I seriously love freezer paper stenciling!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kids' Choice

One of my favorite blogs is hosting a series called Kids' Choice.  Basically you give your kids total design control to create whatever it is that they want.  Shortly after this was announced I was wandering around Joann's with the boys in tow and we stumbled upon a bright and busy race car print.  Definitely not my first choice for fabric, but Tot was smitten.  And then I recalled this series and decided I guess I can figure out something to do with it. 

After a very short brainstorming session, we now have a snazzy new pair of shorts!  He only wanted shorts. Because shorts with race cars make you run super fast... don't you know!

I used Peek-a-boo pattern shops Costal Craze Baggies to create the perfect lightweight summer short.

  The knit waistband is a must for my boy who only likes "soft clothes."  He didn't want a shirt, just shorts. But I went ahead and made a black and white raglan shirt with racing flags on them, and he absolutely hated it (go figure)!  So he picked his most favorite rocket shirt to pair it with, and thankfully it matches.  Not homemade, but what's the point in kids choice if he hates half the outfit!

Conclusion:  I've got one happy kid on my hands!  I definitely think we'll be doing this more often, in fact he already has a few more ideas he wants me to create.  Hopefully I can keep up!