Kelly over at Handmade Boy is hosting a month-long blog series all about dressing our boys in pink and today I get to join in the fun! There’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post and a coupon code for Mabel Madison on Kelly’s post!
Personally, I have no problem with my boys wearing whatever colors they want. However, I’m not a huge fan of most of the “girly” colors! Pink doesn’t really do much for me; purple makes me shudder in horror. And my boys are still young enough that I’m in charge of their wardrobe, so they wear what I like. Honestly, I think this outfit is more about me getting over my indifference towards pink than anything :)
You know what I do love? Bright, bold colors! I decided to go with pops of pink mixed with blues and browns.
I found these two blue linens at JoAnn’s and knew they needed to be a raglan shirt. After days of searching for a pattern, I decided to modify the Rival Raglan (affiliate link, but probably my favorite shirt pattern). I cut two shirt front halves and added 1.5″ to each side for the placket. I also added button cuffs to the sleeves and bound the collar. It ended up being quite a slim fit, which works for John, but I would probably add a bit more to the front and back if I were to do it again.
The fun part is the applique on the shoulder! I used a rocket ship from the Silhouette store, swapping out the round windows for cut-out hearts.
And these suspenders. I seriously want him to wear these every day! Oh and guess what?? I’ve been keeping a secret! Some friends and I are starting up a new blog, totally devoted to boy-sewing! I have a tutorial over there today for these quick suspenders. I think they took all of 20 minutes, including taking the tutorial pictures.
I’m also taking the Pattern Workshop (affiliate link) and am proud to say these pants are the first things I’ve drafted completely on my own in Illustrator! They have some things that need to be worked on, but you would not believe how accomplished I feel ;)
I added a button placket for the cuffs as well – I like the extra hit of aqua blue on the sleeves.
I love how the pink brightens up this outfit and makes it so fun – I may need to start adding a little more of it to John’s wardrobe!