Pattern Reviews

Shenanigan’s Skort – 5 out of 4 Patterns

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This girl sure loves her dresses and skirts. They are all she ever wants to wear. Taking into account her active lifestyle, I’m very grateful to whoever first came up with the idea of a skort.

I used the Shenanigans Skort from 5 out of 4 Patterns for this cute little flamigo skirt. It pairs perfectly with 5 out of 4’s Taylor Tank.

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This combination of patterns make an adorable sporty set that is perfect for this active girl. She can run, climb, and ride to her heart’s content with out worrying about anything getting in her way.

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The Shenanigans Skort comes in three lengths; active (shown here), mid length, and knee length. There are also different rise options. Peanut prefers the low rise, so I will use that with the mid length to make her a school uniform skort a little later this week.

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The more fitted line of this skort is coming in handy. It is not quite as attractive to our puppy as the more twirly skirts. Peanut can wear this skirt all she wants without worrying about him grabbing on to it as she walks past him and ripping it. This has become a horrible habit and Peanut has been sad to abandon her twirly skirts while we train the puppy. The little ruffle on the Shenanigans Skort adds that little bit of extra “girly” that Peanut loves, but isn’t quite enough to attract the beast’s attention. Win-win.

What is your favorite skort or skirt pattern? Peanut wants to try them all!

 

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Boys Can Wear Pink – BMX Style

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Today is the final day of Season 4 of the Boy’s Can Wear Pink blog tour hosted by Handmade Boy. I hope all of you have enjoyed following along as much as I have. I have been part of this tour from the beginning, with a little break last year when Baby Bear joined our family, and it has been amazing watching all of these boys grow. The Bug hardly even looks like a little boy anymore, and at 6 years old he’ll be quick to tell you he’s not one. You can check out my posts from Season 1 and Season 2 if you want to see for yourself how much he’s grown.

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As I read through the posts this week I noticed many of my fellow bloggers mentioning society’s influence on how our boy’s feel about the color pink. I have to admit, when planning out the Bug’s outfit I had similar thoughts. I knew however, that if I played to his interests, he would not hesitate to wear it, no matter what society tells him about the color. The Bug doesn’t really have strong feelings one way or another about the color pink, but he LOVES BMX. He would race everyday if he could, and nothing can turn a bad day around for him faster than a couple of laps around the local track. So a BMX themed outfit and photo shoot were sure to be a hit.

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His only concern was with wearing the pink helmet, and not because it was pink. You see, that pink helmet belongs to his little sister (yes, she races BMX too) and he was afraid of people mistaking him for her. He had no qualms about wearing the color, he just didn’t want people thinking he was his little sister. After a quick conversation about the meaning of this tour he quickly decided it was pretty cool to be able to show other boys that it’s OK to wear whatever color they want, even if it meant wearing his sister’s helmet for a little while.

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I have to say, even if he never wears it again, he rocked the pink helmet for the few minutes it took to get these photos.

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Now, this is a sewing blog, so if you’ve made it this far you’re probably wondering about the clothes he’s wearing. I used the Moto Maxx Set by Love Notions (affiliate link). The pants are stretch denim from Mood Fabric and the tee is double brushed poly from Purple Seamstress. The graphic on the tee was done with heat transfer vinyl.

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I love the slim fit of the Moto Maxx pants for the Bug, especially because it helps me not worry about him getting a pant leg caught in his bike chain. The reinforced knees are such a fun and practical detail for active kids too.

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I chose the curved hem option for his shirt, which gives him just a little extra coverage as he works to develop those bike handling skills. Those skills have certainly come a long way from when we first stumbled into the world of BMX. Ironically enough, that was about the same time the Moto Maxx Set was first released. I was still pretty new to pattern testing then and Tami was so great to work with.

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He’s grown just a tiny bit, but he still loves his bike and BMX just as much. After 4 years of following and sewing along with this tour the one thing I come away with each year is how important it is to listen to our boys and allow them to give us input in to what we create for them. Try to incorporate what they love, be it any color of the rainbow or their favorite activity. They’ll love you for listening.

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The Bug and I both want to thank our friends at Life As Art Photography for the amazing photos. We met them when we stumbled into the BMX world and we are so glad we did! If you want to see some amazing photos of some pretty incredible BMXers of all ages, check out their Facebook page.

If you haven’t already, check out the other awesome creations from Season 4 of the Boys Can Wear Pink Blog Tour. There are a lot of talented mamas here creating some amazing things for their boys.

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Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 2

We have developed the habit of occasionally pausing to assess the kids’ comprehension when reading stories. Typically this involves discussing the illustrations, or how a character might be feeling. Sometimes we make predictions about what we think is going to happen next.  The Bit’s favorite story has a page I always pause at, the main character has just found out that her parents have brought home a new baby brother and she shouts “No! No! No! Boys are BLUE! I don’t like BLUE! I only love PINK!” Every time we read this story, I pause here and ask what the Bug’s favorite color is, and every time the kids both shout “Red!”  I also ask if boys have to be blue, or if they can be any color they like. Then, if girls have to be pink, or if they can be any color they like. At 4 and 2, the kids are pretty accepting of people liking any color they want.

The Bug loves the color red. Pink is an acceptable substitute, because it is “light red.” I’m glad he still feels this way. Recently, we have started hearing him describe certain activities and shows as being for girls or being for boys. We never fail to correct him on this. We don’t really subscribe to gender stereotypes in our family. All but a few special toys are communal toys and anyone that is interested is encouraged to play. The Bug is found playing with the doll house almost as often as the Bit is found playing with cars and Legos. The idea behind the Boys Can Wear Pink series is right up my alley. People should be comfortable wearing whatever color they desire, regardless of their gender.

Last year, I had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural Boys Can Wear Pink series and had so much fun with it. The other bloggers were an amazing group of women and their creations were simply inspirational. You can find my contribution here. I was thrilled when Kelly announced that she planned to host the series again this year. I knew right away that I wanted to participate.

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This year, I used pink as an accent rather than the dominant color in the Bug’s outfit. He is in love! For his pants, I used the Everest Pants pattern from Gracious Threads. This pattern is one of few that I’ve seen that can be sewn in either a woven or knit with few to no alterations. I used a grey stretch denim, accented and lined with a wonderful Stenzo poplin from Mabel Madison. The print is called Pit Stop and Mabel Madison carries both the pink and the blue color ways.

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The Bug loves cars, and race cars in general and I have been hoarding a yard of this fabric for a year or more trying to decide on the perfect project. I’m so happy with how it turned out. I sized up for these, so he should be able to wear them for a nice long time. Our winter is almost over, so hopefully they will still fit next winter.

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I paired the pants with this Offbeat Oxford from Terra’s Treasures. I used white linen, and then added pink details with checkered flags and a gorgeous classic car embroidery.

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The Bug was super excited about the flying race car. He loved watching it be stitched out on the embroidery machine (It was sewing all by itself!!! 😉 ), and helping change the thread colors. Even after owning it for a few years, the embroidery attachment for my machine still intimidates the heck out of me. I have a tendency to hold my breath and watch it like a hawk while it is stitching, afraid that something terrible is going to happen.

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This turned out just like I imagined. The Bug’s favorite part is the wings. He was super excited to think the car could fly.

One of the things I like about this series, is that even though it focuses on boys wearing pink, it really is about letting our kids be themselves. No matter what that looks like. While the Bug has always been obsessed with cars, he has recently developed an obsession with pirates. When he suggested a change of location during our photo shoot, for the sole purpose of digging for treasure, off to the beach we went. Who says pirates can’t sport classic cars?

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I considered sizing up for this pattern as well. The Bug falls between a size 4 and a size 5 in this pattern. I’m glad I chose to go with the 4. This will be a great addition to his summer wardrobe.

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Thanks to all of the awesome sponsors for this season of the Boys Can Wear Pink series!

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They have contributed some awesome prizes for the giveaway this year.

You can win:

1 pattern of choice from Momma Quail Patterns
2 patterns of choice (excluding bundles) from Patterns for Pirates
3 digital designs of choice from Handmade Escapade
3 patterns of choice from Winter Wear Designs
Bartowski Slim Tie Pattern from Paraplu
$10 gift certificate from Mabel Madison

To enter, visit a Rafflecopter giveaway.

You can check out posts from the rest of the tour by following Kelly over at Handmade Boy, or by checking out these links.

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Sewing For Boys: Boys Can Wear Pink

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Last month, the Bug’s preschool class learned all about colors. They focused on a different color each day for the first few weeks, and then finished up the month with rainbows. For the first few days we got lucky, and just happened to dress him in the color of the day. Then it became a mission. His teachers sent home a list of the upcoming colors at the end of the first week, and I set out to plan his wardrobe to coordinate. I hit a bit of a snag when I realized that he didn’t own a single article of clothing that would fit the bill for Pink Day. It was the only color he was missing, which is not entirely surprising since pink is not exactly my favorite color.  I ended up finding a great pink patchwork madras at Joann’s and combined it with gray twill for these Rabbit Rabbit Creations Endless Summer Bucket Shorts.

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I love these shorts. The pockets are perfect for highlighting special fabrics, and are wide enough that small hands have no trouble getting little treasures in and out. I tested the pattern for Rabbit Rabbit Creations last fall, and they are definitely my favorite shorts pattern. He wore a gray polo with them for Pink Day.

Shortly after Pink Day at preschool, I heard about Kelly’s (Handmade Boy) idea for the Boys Can Wear Pink series. I love the whole concept of this series. After all, pink is just a color. People should be allowed to wear any color they like, regardless of gender.  I was eager to join in, and to show off my favorite new pair of shorts.

When I saw Handmade Boy’s stencil tutorial on Day 1 of the series, I had to try it out.  I used Titchy Thread’s Rowan Tee to make the Bug’s shirt. If you are looking for one go-to tee pattern, definitely check this one out. I made the simplest version for this shirt, but there are almost 150 different option combinations in this pattern. If you’re on a budget, and only want one kid’s tee pattern, this is the pattern to get. You can make so many different and unique shirts with it.

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When I first told Mark that I was going to be participating in the Boys Can Wear Pink series, I knew he would be supportive. He is the kind of man that will support his family in just about anything they want to attempt. I did not expect him to jump aboard wholeheartedly and suggest matching outfits. His only request was a small wording change in the stencil. It’s too bad there isn’t an adult bucket shorts pattern, or I might have been able to get him into a pair of plaid shorts. He firmly believes that plaid shorts should only be worn by men on a golf course, and has resisted all of my arguments otherwise.

After Mark planted the idea of father/son shirts in my head, I couldn’t shake it. The Bug has been Mark’s biggest fan since the day he was born, and I knew that he would love to dress just like his Daddy. I set out to find patterns that could be used for a father/son button down shirt set. Something that Mark could wear to work and the Bug could wear to school. I considered Scientific Seamstress’s Bowling Shirt, but was looking for something a little more fitted. I decided on Sis Boom’s Marco and Ethan.

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This was the first time I had sewn a Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom pattern. I have mixed feelings about them. I prefer nested (and layered) patterns, and these have each size separated. I was a little taken aback when I opened the first file and saw that it was more than 250 pages long. I relaxed a little when I found the included table detailing which pages to print for each size.

The patterns were easy to assemble, and the tutorial was written in a conversational style that made it very easy to follow. I love the 1/4″ seam allowances. I always feel like I am wasting fabric for a seam allowance over 3/8″.

Both the Marco and Ethan patterns only come with a long sleeve length. Mark and the Bug rarely wear long sleeves, so I shortened them. As far as pattern alterations go, it’s probably the simplest to make.

I am a little disappointed in the fit for both shirts. They are both a little larger than I envisioned. Based on the pattern photographs, I was expecting a slimmer fit. Mark’s measurements fall in the bottom of the range listed for an XL in the Marco, and the shirt is boxier than I expected. Next time I will try a large.

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I typically sew up a little in size for the Bug, so I expected his Ethan to be a little large. He will be able to wear this size 4 for a nice, long time before it is outgrown.

These patterns are definitely worth putting in the time and effort to get the fit just right. A nice button down shirt is necessary in any man’s (or boy’s) wardrobe.

I love that the guys in my life aren’t afraid to wear whatever color they like. I hope that the Bug will always have that attitude.

If this is your first exposure to the Boys Can Wear Pink blog series hosted by Handmade Boy, you can catch up on all of the posts here. I am so glad I was able to join this amazing and talented group. There have been some awesome creations, and I can’t wait to see what the last few days bring.

If you’ve been following the Boy’s Can Wear Pink series, you know all about the awesome giveaway that Handmade Boy has put together. This is an awesome prize pack, from some generous sponsors. Go show them some love after you enter the giveaway below.

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One yard of Stenzo Pit Stop Poplin in pink from Mabel Madison

$25 gift certificate, plus a surprise fat quarter from Phat Quarter Shop

One yard of solid cotton/lycra & one yard of coordinating fabric from Purple Seamstress

One pattern of choice from Paisley Roots

$20 store credit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

One pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates

One pattern of choice from Mouse House Creations

Bottoms Up Pants Pattern from If Only They Would Nap

One Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

To enter, just leave me a comment and then click to visit a Rafflecopter giveaway and enter. There are only three days left, and your chances look pretty good.