I used a shirt from Goodwill for this project, which made it a great deal! The shirt was half off, so I got it for $2.50. The bonus is that matching buttons are included! The only thing I had to add was the thread and a bit of interfacing. I used an XXL long sleeved men's shirt, and was able to get everything but the inside yoke piece cut from it. I cut the pockets, plackets, and back yoke on the bias. I probably could have gotten the whole shirt cut from it if I had cut everything on grain, but I really like how the bias looks on this small plaid. Another good thing about getting a shirt is I was able to look for the shirts what weren't too wrinkled on the hanger. If it wasn't too wrinkled sitting in Goodwill then it wouldn't need a ton of ironing!
The last pattern I tested for the Pattern Anthology Make (Believe) collection (still sale priced until the 28th!!) was the Bookworm Button Up. I love it! I made version B with short sleeves in a size 8.
This was a breakthrough pattern for me. You see, I hate buttonholes. At least I thought I hated buttonholes. I always avoid them because I think I'll have trouble getting them right. But that's the thing when you are doing secret pattern testing: you don't know what is coming, and you've promised to sew it up! I am so thankful that this pattern forced me to do the buttonholes. It was a reminder that they are not that hard and they open up a whole new set of patterns I have bought but have been avoiding (Archer, I'm looking at you). I really appreciated that Melissa suggests the option of making the buttonholes at the beginning, right after making the placket. It got me going, thinking that if I screwed them up at least I hadn't made the whole shirt yet.
I really want to make this pattern again. It has so many options! I'm thinking a long sleeved version for fall/winter. Then I can conquer one of my other sewing fears/avoidances... sleeve plackets!
Today I have for you the Adventure Tee! It is also part of the current Pattern Anthology Make (Believe) collection. (There's still a week to take advantage of the bundle deals!!)
This is a well fitting tee, which isn't hard to find, but I haven't seen many with so many options. I chose the regular high neckline and rolled sleeves with button bands, but there's also a placket, pocket, and different sleeve lengths, and that's only the boy options! The fabric I used is grey knit from a thrifted sheet, and navy ponte knit left over from another project. I loved picking out a couple of buttons from my (rather extensive) button stash!
B really likes this shirt and I don't think he even remembers that I made it. He just knows that it's comfortable!
I will definitely be making more of these for back to school. It's nice to be able to make shirts with nice details that don't have a character or logo splashed across the front. Sometimes I'd like to be a little more subtle, you know?
See you soon for the Bookworm Button Up!
Next up in my testing of the Make (Believe) collection from Pattern Anthology was the
Explorer Hoodie. It was a fun, easy make, and the option of making the zipper slanted was a really fun detail.
I enjoyed this pattern a lot, and plan on making more for his back to school wardrobe. It fits him really well, and this pattern goes to a size 10 so I can make him more when he grows out of these! There is a ruffled hood for the girls option, which I would love to try out too. The only difference in this version I made is the sleeve and hem bands are a bit wider to account for the minimal stretch of my fabric.
This pattern (like all the ones in the collection) was very well written and produced. There are drawings for all of the steps, and they are clear and easy to understand. I had a very easy time following the directions. The only technique I added was to thread my serging tails back through my seam at the cuff bottom, instead of just cutting the threads. Since I learned to do that my cuffs have held together MUCH better!
One more shot just because for some reason he lets me take photos of him if it's photos "of the clothes and not him". He hates me taking his picture, but he modeled this collection like a champ, giving me some of the best shots of him I have gotten in a long time. I'm going to have to use this trick more often!
The Adventure Tee will be up next. See you soon!
I bet you all forgot I even had a boy, didn't you? He doesn't show up here much, because he doesn't really like me to make him things. Crazy, I know! Fortunately I have found the secret... He doesn't mind wearing clothes I made, he just wants no part in the process. So if I don't ask him before hand (which is the best secret for working with my daughter) he's happy to wear what I made him. You can never count on what worked for now child working for the other. Oh well.
On to the show! The real reason I have made him so many clothes recently is that I was a pattern tester for the most recent Pattern Anthology bundle: Make Believe. There are four new top patterns, all of which have many options to customize for boys and girls. They are bundled until July 28th, and there are bundle options with a fun e-book and 4 pants patterns too. They are great patterns and I had so much fun making them! I see being able to make a complete back to school wardrobe with the whole bundle!
First up is the Imagine Jacket. This was the first pattern sent to me and I panicked a bit. A Jacket? What have I gotten myself into? The pattern was so great, however, that I am actually thinking about making another! The directions are great and I had no problem putting together this super cute bomber-style jacket. The fit is great on this pattern, but I have learned that my boy has extra long arms (I guess if I sewed for him more I'd already know that!) so next time I'll lengthen the sleeves.
Stay tuned... next is the Explorer Hoodie.