We are so excited to be taking part in the the Boys Can Wear Pink Tour with Handmade Boy. Andrea and Carrie signed up to sew up some stereotype busting outfits for the little men in their lives, and I know you'll enjoy seeing what they made! We've got an amazing giveaway too, so be sure to check it out!
Andrea here for Pattern Revolution and my post for the 'Boys Can Wear Pink' blog series. As soon as I heard about this series, I knew I had to put in an entry. As Mum to 6 boys – pink is a colour that is rarely seen in my house.....and I guess, right there lies the basis of what this campaign is trying to target. Why can't they wear pink? Well, as far as I'm concerned they can wear pink, green, yellow, purple or black if they so wish. I knew that 3 of my boys (Mr's 16, 14 and 4) would point blank refuse to take part, 2 (Mr's 6 and 3) would easily be talked into it and 1 is too young (10 months) to care either way.
I decided that a blazer and skinny leg jeans would be an awesome combination and seeing as Mr 3 and skinny leg jeans are never going to go together in the same sentence .....well Mr 6 got the gig. I chose the Blank Slate Blazer and the Peek-a-boo skinny jeans, they are both patterns that I had been keen to try out and I wasn't disappointed, both patterns came together very easily and will definitely be on the favourites pile for future use. The blazer offers plenty of options to personalise, due to wanting to showcase my fabric though, I kept details to a minimum. I always add pockets to boys handmade clothing when the option is there. I feel it gives garments a more finished and professional look. The jeans are fantastic and definitely an everyday wear item – although in direct contrast to my above comment about Mr 3, Mr 6 is a skinny minny and they were not particularly 'skinny' on him. He was so impressed with his outfit that he has asked if he can wear it to the next school casual day...who knows, maybe he will convert some more boys to the cause.
When I was given an opportunity to join in for the Boys Can Wear Pink tour, my mind went a million different directions on what I could make. Since my guy is still little there aren’t any objections, so I knew I’d get to have fun!
The fact that he’s a baby is also one of the reasons I was so excited to participate. With over a 6 year gap between kids, I've had to pretty much replace all our baby items and as I shop for new stuff I don’t always want blue; blue seats, blue cups, blue clothes, blue towels and the list goes on. Here and there maybe a little green, but it sure is nice to change it up a bit and going with pink was a lot of fun for me. Having a boy meant I could get all those cute little button ups (or make them...) so I went straight to the Classic Oxford from Peek A Boo Patterns. (Full Review HERE) I’ll admit even with a good 15+ years experience I struggled a little with the directions for the collar construction but overall this was a fabulous pattern. I did opt to skip the buttons and use a decorative snap instead. I don’t know about you, but for me, trying button-up an on-the-move 8 month old isn't an easy task, haha!
I chose a fabric I've had in my stash for a few years now that never found its perfect project until now, pink trees from the Wildwood Collection by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit. I knew with such a small shirt I needed a smaller scaled print to not overpower my little man and I’m in love with how this turned out.
Speaking of on the move, off he goes!
Enter to Win
$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