Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #4: Boys // Gingham Maxwell Top

Another Perfect Pattern Parcel is available and it is All About Boys!! I absolutely love sewing for both my kids and I get excited when there are fun boy patterns available. And this parcel definitely has some amazing patterns!
Pattern Parcel #4
Pattern Parcel #4 includes:

Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs

Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns

Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado

Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

So many great patterns, right? I've made the Schoolboy vest and can attest to just how wonderful that pattern is. I'm excited to make the Zippy Jacket and a Jet Pack Bag for Miette! I'm focusing on the Maxwell Top for this post but I also wanted to mention his adorable herringbone jeans. 

I wrote all about my love of the Small Fry Skinnies in this post. Bottom line...the pattern is amazing and I have some awesome green denim fabric just waiting to made into another pair for H!
For this parcel, I sewed up the Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs and earlier this year I sewed these Small Fry Skinny Jeans--I keep squeezing Henri into them because I love them so much but I have to admit that they are officially too small so I need to sew him a new pair ASAP!
Now, let's talk about this adorable gingham top!

Fabric and Design:  I can't get over how cute he looks in a little button down! I was looking through my stash and stumbled across this vintage green gingham fabric and knew it would be perfect. I cut the back yoke and pocket on the bias to add a little contrast. And I love the vintage and slightly western feel it has.

And with the gingham I just had to use pearl snaps. Luckily there are three layers on the front (shirt front, interfacing and facing) so it was plenty thick for the snaps. Everything was going so well until I put the last snap on backwards! I was able to take it off and fix it, thank goodness! Since the print is a little busy I kept all the embellishments to a minimum. The Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs is a military-inspired top so there are lots of fun options to make this very unique. 

Size: Henri is wearing size 2 so that is what I made. I should have added a bit to the length so he can wear it a little longer but it is perfect for right now. It isn't a slim fitting shirt but I would rather have it loose that too tight.

Construction: This is my second time making a button down shirt and the construction was completely different than the shirt I made for my husband. It went together fairly easily but I recommend that you definitely read through the instructions completely before you begin. There are a few steps that can be confusing and its better to visualize the step before actually sewing it together--could save you a lot of seam ripping! She links to a few tutorials to help with button holes and the collar--that is so nice to have if you get stuck.

Tips: There are a few things that are assumed (how to finish your seams) and some things that aren't very specific (how far apart to place the buttons, how much to overlap the fronts) but if you are familiar with these things then it shouldn't be too difficult. I tried the shirt on Henri to see how much overlap I wanted for the front buttons and I spaced my buttons 2" apart.
When I went to put this shirt on H, he said "no, no shirt". Well, for good reason. Before I sewed the pocket I wanted to make sure of the positioning. So I pinned it down and tried it on him. He just so happened to grab the pocket and a pin pricked him. So from then on he kept telling me "no like shirt, owie". Poor guy! I hope he isn't traumatized everytime he wears it!

So, check out all the other amazing things (dates and links at the bottom of this post) being sewn from the parcel and read below to find out a bit more about Perfect Pattern Parcel!

 Buy Pattern Parcel #4

  Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

About Pattern Parcel:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality. 

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24 little betty sews

Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi's Mom

Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver's Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California


Sara said...

Really cute in gingham!

Anonymous said...

This shirt is so so fantastic!! I'm thinking I must my Henry thinks all collared shirts are "fancy" and make him look handsome! And, of course, they do! :) I love the pearl snaps!

Jill Dorsey || Made with Moxie said...

Gosh, April, that Henri is so damn cute! He looks totally adorable in his Maxwell top and Small Fries! I have to get myself some pearl snaps.

Unknown said...

The green is so bright and fun! My mom and I were just talking about how we used to scream DONT PIN ME every time she would put something on us haha

Shauna@shwinandshwin said...

The color is so amazing! And seriously who doesn't love some gingham? It turned out so great, and I love the pearl buttons!

Justine/ Sew Country Chick said...

He is so darn cute in that. Green suits him! It looks very crisp and polished.


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