Monday, July 14, 2014

All About Boys!! Destination: Ice Cream Shop

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

Welcome to Day 1 of our fun new series, ALL ABOUT BOYS!!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

This season we are featuring 2 FREE patterns and showing you fun ways to customize them and make them unique and all your own!

The free patterns we used are the Basic Tee and the Sunny Day Shorts.



All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

I sewed the tee using the exact pattern width (size 4/5) but added a couple of inches of  length to the hemline and about an inch to the sleeves, although I think the sleeves would have been fine as is. To determine if you need to add width or length to your tee, compare the pattern to an existing tee that fits your child well. Dana explains this all in her tutorial as well!

The Sunny Day Shorts were a new-to-me sew and they are GREAT! I sewed the size 4 and added 2.5" to the length. The sizing is a bit vague as it is only based on waist measurements. E's waist measures smaller than the size 4 but I was a little worried that the hips would be too small if I went any smaller. I definitely chose the right size as the fit is perfect! I referenced the finished inseam measurements and compared that to a pair that I liked the length of and used that to determine how much extra I wanted to add to the length. I'm really really happy with how these turned out!!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)
O's outfit blogged here.

To customize these I swiped the back pocket pattern piece from another well loved pattern, the Kudzu Cargos, and used it to create fun snappy side pockets!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

I added interfacing to the inside of the pocket to reinforce before adding the snaps.

Sunny Day Shorts (FREE Pattern!!) Customized using the Kudzu Cargos pocket

I also customized them a bit more with added topstitching to the side seams, hem and added a faux stitched fly to the front for more fun detail!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

Basic tees are just a complete blank slate for customizing and having some fun with them! I made this tee using a thrifted tee (LOVE those stripes!). The color reminded me of E's FAVORITE ice cream eva', Mint Chocolate Chip. Thus the idea of an "ice cream" tee was born. He loves anything frozen and sweet really, so I chose to add a popsicle to the front of the tee with the freezer paper and fabric paint method. I'm totally into pops of orange lately and here was yet another perfect opportunity to add it.

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

To make the graphic, I googled free printable images and found this shape that I liked. I enlarged it to the size I wanted and added the stick by tracing a popsicle stick.

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

And thus the perfect tee to wear to our frequented and favorite ice cream shop was born!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

I hope this gives you inspiration to use these free patterns and make them your own with just a few tweaks!

And go have some ICE CREAM!!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)



All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)


Over the next week, April & Brooke will also be sharing their looks. This is gonna be fun guys!!!

And that's not all! If you want to sew along we would LOVE to see your looks! Just use the hashtag #allaboutboystheseries so we can see what you've done!!

Outfit:
Tee: Basic Tee (FREE Pattern!!)
Tee fabric: Thrifted XL men's tee
Size Sewn: 4/5 (added 2 1/2" inches to length)
Shorts: Oliver & S Sunny Day Shorts (FREE Pattern!!)
Shorts Fabric: Stretch Chambray from Joann Stores (Red Tag)
Size Sewn: 4 (added 2 1/2" to length)

Happy Sewing!!

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7 comments:

  1. Love the tee and shorts. And what a fun series. I love sewing for my son and am happy to see some more boy sewing around. You guys should think about doing sew alongs. I'd totally be in!

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    1. Thanks so much Annika!! And for now you can sew along using the hashtag #allaboutboystheseries!!! In future editions we will definitely do an official sew-along :)

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  2. Such a cool outfit for a boy, Heidi! Love it!

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  3. Turned out really well! Love the pockets.

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  4. I love these Heidi! I think details like top stitching the side seam & faux fly pockets really make it stand out. And the snap pockets!! So cool! I know that I'm going to add some little Lego stow-away area when I make these for Jayce, and snaps seem like a perfect choice!

    The Popsicle graphic turned out perfect too. It's always such a "fingers crossed" moment when you peel away freezer paper, right? The colors are great. Yet another outfit I would have bought from the store. :)

    Great job and great idea overall!! I'm keeping everyone's tips in my back pocket for fall! :)

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  5. Brilliantly done Heidi! Such professional looking sewing / stencilling. So fun:)

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  6. He looks so cute in his glasses! And I'm in love with the colors on the shirt and mint chip is in my top 5 favorite flavors--I love ice cream. The stitching on the shorts is perfect and I love the pockets and faux fly. Great job!!

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