This shirt has a lot of buttonholes (7,) which is also not for a beginner because it is nerve wracking to have to stitch all those buttonholes on a finished garment. Thankfully my machine makes a beautiful buttonhole and I didn't have any problems with getting really nice professional looking buttonholes. I used simple opalescent white buttons on the shirt, I didn't want to distract from the fabric and I didn't want the buttons to necessarily stand out, but rather blend in.
I originally made a muslin in a size 2T (which is the size I should have made based on my son's measurements) but when I tried it on him, it was a wee bit too tight. So for the final version here I upped it to a 3T, which was perfect. I found that it being a pullover shirt the fit was a little tight through the chest and armhole area, so increasing a size fixed this problem. The only change I made to the pattern was adding the little contrasting loop to the back of the shirt, I thought this was just a nice little extra detail, it doesn't really serve a purpose, it just looks cute.
I had one problem with the pattern when it came time to doing the cuffs, so I emailed Melissa (of Blank Slate Patterns) and she responded within the hour with help, which was really nice. I didn't expect a response that quickly. So the problem was solved and I was thoroughly impressed.
Overall it is a great pattern, easily customizable for a ton of different looks. It comes in a large range of sizes, 18m to 8 years, so it can be used for a long time! If you are looking for a really classic shirt for a little boy, then I highly recommend this pattern.
This pattern is also labeled as intermediate, and as before I think that is exactly right. Just difficult enough that a beginner might really struggle. These pants are really customizable with the option of adding welt pockets to the back, front pockets, side cargo pockets, belt loops and the side and inner seam details. All of these items can be left off, making for a quicker easier make, but honestly they are just so darn cute why would you want to leave them off. This pattern also ranges from 18m to 8 years, so you will use it for a long time.
Honestly I had never sewn a welt pocket before and was pleasantly pleased at how easy and professional looking they really came out. I had no problem installing them and the step by step instructions really were simple and clear to understand. This pattern does feature an actual zippered fly, but since my little one is still in diapers, I chose to make a faux fly instead, which I think looks just as nice, it just isn't functional. Every step of the pants is pretty straight forward and just a matter of taking one step at a time.
I made a muslin first in a 2T (which was based on my child's measurements) and I found the fit really spot on, so for these pants I also made a 2T, the overall size and length were perfect. I love the fact these pants have an elasticized back waist band, which really makes getting the perfect fit so easy.
I used the small raindrop print as the side and inner seam detail and I just love how that turned out, like perfect little raindrops flowing down the sides of the pants. Once again I would highly recommend this pattern, it is very customizable and creates a really great pair of pants for a little boy.
I think this pattern would suit a confident beginner to intermediate only because the entire hat is composed of sewing curves. If you take your time you can totally do it, but you just have to sew slowly and pin a lot. This pattern comes in four sizes and you really have to measure your child's head to get the right size, and in my opinion, when in doubt, always go a size up!
It is a great pattern for boys or girls, completely reversible, which is great and you get two fantastic looks instead of one. It also sews up really quickly, like a 2 hour project start to finish. I highly recommend it!
Thanks so much to Jessica for letting me have the chance to create something for her Quilt Market Booth and to have the opportunity to play with these really gorgeous fabrics before anyone else even got to see them. It was really fun and I hope she liked the finished product as much as I did. Now I just can't wait to start seeing all the photos from Quilt Market next week!