It time to go back to school with a Sewing Blue blog tour. Thanks goes to Made for Little Gents for hosting the Back to School Boys tour! Actually, my son when back to school a few weeks ago! He’s a senior in high school this year, but hey, big boys need back to school clothes too!
I love sewing for my son and make no secret about it. Happiness is seeing him love and wear something I’ve lovingly sewn for him! When Summer of Owl Creek Patterns posted a testing call for the Cardinal Sweatshirt, I jumped at the chance. I don’t usually do this as it’s a bit scary trying a pattern designer I don’t know and haven’t tested for. You never know what to expect. It just so happened that the plain style sweatshirt was exactly what my son wanted to replace a couple of rtw ones that were too small. There are options for a hood and zipper hoodie too, so you really get three sweatshirts in one! He chose the fabrics from my stash which is always a good idea if I want him to wear what I sew. The crazy pink print is very old, maybe from the 80s or 90s and the yellow gold one is a color he has been loving lately. I love that he chooses the decades old fabric and helping to use up my stash!
He asked for this shirt from another crazy fabric the day before vacation. I quickly whipped it up and he has worn it to school several times already! I’m so glad to have this pattern after trying a different one with not so good results. I will be using it over and over!
Anyway, back to the sweatshirt. Since I made the basic version, this shirt was very fast to sew with excellent instructions (lots of details for beginners), and fit perfectly on my son the first time! I made size 14 as my son is at the high end of the chart (his chest is a couple of inches bigger than the chart), but there is enough ease that the fit is how he likes it. The pictures aren’t the greatest as we took some indoors instead of the 100+ heat.
These pants are a modern style my son loves with narrow legs from the knee to the ankle. They were easy to fit and detailed instructions to sew. They come in sizes 27″-36″ and have beautiful welt pockets, belt loops, and all the details that make them so professional. The Chinos are on sale for $10 until the end of August so be sure to get a pair to sew for your guy! All of the tester versions are awesome!
Look at these fantastic welt pockets!
And don’t be afraid to try Owl Creek Patterns. You might be pleasantly surprised!
Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the tour. It’s always fun to get ideas and see what others are sewing up for their boys for back to school!
We’re making back to school fashion fun for boys with all these makes! Check out what each contributor has made:
Thurs. Aug. 23 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Back to School Boys Blog Tour)
Fri. Aug. 24 | Tenille’s Thread
Mon. Aug. 27 | Sewing with D
Tues. Aug. 28 | Made for Little Gents
Wed. Aug. 29 | Custom Made by Laura
Thurs. Aug. 30 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy | Paisley Roots
Fri. Aug. 31 | My Sewing Roots | Ronda B. Handmade