The HonorRoll Henley by Fishsticks Designs

It is no secret that I love sewing for my boys!  They are still pretty young, so I can get away with inflicting my style on them... but they are generally pretty happy about it.  I like a mix of a little bit preppy, little bit cool, and whole lotta comfortable.  The HonorRoll Henley Pattern by Fishsticks Designs fits all of the above - so I am so excited that it will be released in the Boy's BundleUP collection on FRIDAY!

Henley paired with the shorts version of the Aviator Pants

Henley paired with the shorts version of the Aviator Pants

I have made a few of Bonnie's knit patterns in the past, and I am always impressed at how easy she makes them to sew.  I love sewing with knit, but it can be intimidating to beginners - particularly when you are talking about plackets and collars.  But she seems to be constantly looking for ways to simplify the process while giving you a garment with a polished finish.  A Henely might seem intimidating, but really it isn't, and the instructions in this pattern make it a breeze.

Pattern Details:

  • Size 12m - 16year
  • Suggested Fabrics and Requirements
  • Sizing Chart by Child's Measurements AND Finished Garment Measurement
  • Printing Guide to print all sizes combined or just the size you need (*there is also an option for having a single large print made at your local print shop)
  • Dashed Colored Lines to easily find your size
  • Options of Short or Long sleeves, pocket, cuffs, and snaps or buttons
  • Advanced Begginer
  • Colored Photographs and step by step instructions give clear and concise direction
  • Takes under an hour to sew, the next one will be even faster

I really loved the pocket - this is the first time I have seen a pocket cut on the fold, giving a very clean top edge - I always love being surprised by something new in a pattern.  I chose to omit the cuffs for this shirt, but I will certainly be adding them to future versions.

Based on the chest, waist, and weight guidelines given in the Sizing Chart, I sewed up a size 5 for my son.  I think the fit is spot on - a loose fit with generous length, it should fit him through the fall and winter, these boys - they grow so fast!

I cut into my first piece of fabric from L'Oiseau for this shirt (you can read all about L'Oiseau Fabrics HERE).  I had been searching for a cute 'cow' fabric that wasn't too girly for some time... let's just say my boy did NOT want to take this off at bath time. The Jersey is so soft and was easy to work with in this pattern.

How do you get this kind of natural smile????  Well, let them do silly faces of course!!!!

How do you get this kind of natural smile????  Well, let them do silly faces of course!!!!

I will be making plenty more of these for both of my boys - and probably my daughter too!