One for the lads

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I feel like I’ve dropped off the kiddo sewing bandwagon. It’s not that I don’t love sewing for my boys anymore, but more the fact that I’m working in a fabric store, surrounded only by apparel fabric for adults. That and the thrills I get from the challenge of sewing adult clothes that, on a good day, can look not so distinguishable from store bought stuffs, may have something to do with it. Every week is selfish sewing week over here! But I do miss boy sewing, and it was totally refreshing to be back playing with thriftstore t-shirts, unlikely prints and weird iron-on transfers, testing out a new kids pattern, the Bateau Neck Top pattern by Aesthetic Nest.

I love a good neutral pattern and when I checked out all the cute girl versions of the Bateau I wondered what Anneliese thought I would do with such a cute ‘pretty’ looking pattern. Didn’t she know I come from the land of trucks and testicles? Anyway turns out she had this all in mind and lured me in with the challenge of coming up with a boy-ish Bateau. I didn’t have to try very hard to make it look ‘boyish’, the Bateau is actually cleverly drafted to be quite a gender neutral shape, much like the Oliver and S Sailboat top. There are lots of cute add-ons like ruffles and pleats and a dress extension that I didn’t think Hudson would appreciate so I just made him a straight up Bateau with the addition of a lizard king, in a size 4. He is 2, but a whopper and currently sharing some of Archie’s sized 4-5 clothes, so it made sense.

The main fabric is a Nani Iro knit, the back a thrift store knit and the sleeves cut from one of his baby sweaters. Something else I’d forgotten about sewing for kids is how much faster everything is. These days, ‘whipping’ something up equates to half a days sewing. That’s instead of a week. So the Bateau takes no time at all, probably an hour from start to finish and quicker still when you’re pinching already hemmed parts! I loved that the neckline is faced and not attaching ribbing was a pleasure. The royal lizard made an appearance with some Leslie Riley Artist transfer paper (print it out, iron it on ) except this was the second attempt because the first lizard was about six months old and didn’t take to the fabric at all. So if you’re going to use this stuff, print it fresh.

Oh now I remember, it was the blurry photos that did my head in!

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  • Laurawrote:

    I was so excited to see this pop up on my feed. I’ve missed your boy stuff πŸ™‚ This is such a cool top – love the combo of different fabrics and the royal lizard is amazing.

  • Trollemorwrote:

    I like it! πŸ˜€ I`m always looking for great stuff to sew for my kids. Especially my boy:) It`s not as easy to find good patterns for boys as it is for girls…
    And regarding the feeling you get from sewing for your self: I totally know what you mean! I have that same feeling,. It can be soooo good that you almost forget about your kids. (sewing, that is! )

  • Rietwrote:

    Nice work! Never came up with the idea of using transfer paper on a printed fabric, but it works out fine as I can see!

  • Amandawrote:

    teehee! This is too adorable- loving the use of an old tee as the sleeves πŸ˜€

  • lamina@do a bitwrote:

    Awesome… LOVE that top! I feel sooooooo guilty not sewing for my boy! I just wish there was 48 hours in a day! πŸ™‚

    • brenda owrote:

      please do not think the wishing for more hrs in a day ever gets better…….so please do go for it…..

  • thingsforboyswrote:

    I love the vintage prints you use…so cool! Good to have you back in boy land for a minute πŸ™‚

  • jacqwrote:

    Love this! The mix of knits is just right. Also like to see that my two year isn’t the only one wearing his four year old brothers clothes.

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    Goodness gracious this is adorable!

  • Sarah @ EmmylouBeeDoowrote:

    This is the best thing I’ve ever seen. πŸ˜€

  • Anneliesewrote:

    I love your combination of fabrics and the lizard print! It’s SO great! And while I am hugely grateful you sewed for my tour I also greatly admire your “selfish sewing.” I need to do some of that! Thanks!

  • Olga Becker @ Kid Approvedwrote:

    I LOVE this. Need to get that transfer paper NOW! πŸ™‚

  • mkonieczkiwrote:

    The lizard king motif is AMAZING. You’ve beyond proven that this shirt is gender neutral. I love it.

  • Nettiewrote:

    So cute!! I always love your use of transfer images!!
    In fact, I bought the very brand you use MONTHS ago so that I could make the kiddies some tops, still haven’t opened it! Must get to it!

  • Falafel and the Beewrote:

    Oh I love that lizard! AWESOME!

  • kristinwrote:

    Awwww yay it’s awesome! Love when you sew for your little guys, or yourself, or whatever…I just like the crap you make! πŸ˜€

  • Toni-Maree @ Sew Jereliwrote:

    I agree with Kristin, just keep making! I came here for the boys stuff but no matter what you sew I’m sure I will all be following along. Super happy to see this today though πŸ™‚

  • Suzwrote:

    That transfer is super cool!!!

  • Kimwrote:

    Super cute! Smart to use old sleeves πŸ™‚ and I really like the transfer too!

  • Melissawrote:

    I love your blog! On your recommendation (more or less) I bought the Burdastyle stretch pants pattern and looove it! I’m kinda going crazy with it. I’m on my third pair right now.

  • gingermakeswrote:

    I love this! I would totally wear it, but then again I have more large boys’ tees in my collection than I’d care to admit! Super cool, dude!

  • Trulawrote:

    The land of trucks and testicles….
    Made me laugh. I would love to do some boy sewing.

  • Tarawrote:

    I totally admire how you have transitioned from kid sewing to you sewing. It inspires me to start maneuvering my way that direction.

  • Julia Bobbinwrote:

    Oh I love this! You’re such a good mum πŸ™‚

  • MaciNicwrote:

    Brilliant! Now to find me some chameleons… πŸ˜‰

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