I missed the bus…
Kris Kross will make you…
No really, I totally missed posting this YESTERDAY. Sorry. (tardy bell rings) My dog ate my…er post. :)
Well, at least Owen can be fashionably late, as he shuffles to the office with MY pink slip.
That’s right. Back to school is upon us, Owen is going to be in third grade (say what?) and that means I’ve been at the sewing machine whipping up some back to school threads for Owen, with the help of the Pattern Anthology Alphabet Collection. (affiliate link)
You may remember their Spring/Summer collection. I posted about it here.
Well, they are back…to school with an awesome Fall collection. There are four pieces and they are UNISEX. Awesome. You can buy one pack of patterns for $20, to get four pieces for your boys and your girls, ages 18 mo./2 to 8!! Since most patterns sell for $7-10 a piece in blogland, you KNOW that’s a good deal.
I am not saying that just because I am on the tour. I had no idea what price point they were going to come out with once the tour started and when I saw the price, I had reverse sticker shock. This Alphabet Collection bundle really is a good deal. You can sew it as a collection or split it up as needed. Think of it as getting four patterns for $5 each.
Let’s break it down shall we?
There’s your basic raglan tee designed by Kate Blocher (See Kate Sew). This is such a great easy sew. There are very few pattern pieces which means less cutting of paper and fabric (since you can double up) and it comes together super fast. There are different sleeve options and even a button tab sleeve which is pretty slick.
Owen said this was his second favorite piece out of the four because it’s comfy and in his new favorite color (black).
His first choice, being the vest.
Now…I am not really a vest kind of girl, but this one turned out quite nice. The construction is really clever and this one also is a quick, easier sew. The girl version has a ruffle peplum with a racer back…!! Shauna Wightman (Shwin & Shwin) is bringing me over to the vest side. I want one my size! I’ll just have to settle for making one for Natalie, which I will certainly be doing.
Now for the pants. Melissa Mora (Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns) is a PRO at pants patterns. She just does pants so well, and this pants pattern is probably my favorite of her pants patterns thus far. (deep breath…tongue twister)
The contrasting yoke in the back with a zipper welt. Genius! I added the color blocked slanted hem at the bottom, so that’s not apart of her original design. I don’t totally love it at the moment, it looked better in my head, but it’s growing on me. I must have been feeling emboldened and inspired by Hong Kong fashion. He would totally rock this in Hong Kong, but here in small town USA. I worry it is a bit too different than the norm. Luckily he is a stud and totally embraces it. (p.s. the color blocked hem was inspired by my good bud Jessica from A Little Gray – HERE).
Of course I did the zip fly option. Melissa has improved her already really great zipper fly instructions, but you can also omit it, if you are not comfortable tackling that yet. If your weather calls for shorts or if your gal likes capris, she provides pattern pieces for those variations as well.
I really love the fit on Owen. He is a slim kid so I don’t often sew the pattern as is. To make sure I get a really nice fitting pant, I choose his size using his waist measurement (or close to it) and then lengthen it. I sewed this up in a size 7 with a size 8 length plus one more inch for growth. I also used a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the sides and inseam only, to make it just slightly more fitted.
And now for the my favorite piece. The jacket. This is a more advanced pattern and could take a beginner a good chunk of time and patience, but it is SO worth it.
Andrea Pannell (Train To Crazy, Go To Sew, Go To Patterns) has knocked it out of the park. Her welt pocket construction is totally genius and holds it shape superbly, and there are so many options. Hood, no hood, ribbed collar and waistband, or professionally finished elastic waistband and collar, ruffled collar… ruffled welt pockets? Fun!
The fit is pretty great too. I sewed up a size 7 with an 8 length and it fits Owen like a glove. I could have totally sewn up a size 8 for a slightly baggier look he can grow into.
By the way…what is up with his teenager attitude?
Third grade…it’s really happening. But then, he does something like this and I see my sweet baby again. And it makes me happy.
Okay back to the jacket. :) You can use so many types of fabric with this pattern to make it look totally different. It has been fun to see the other versions from bloggers on the tour. Some of them look like they came from completely different patterns, but it’s just the fabric type that makes the difference.
I have never sewn a coat using a separating zipper. Um. It was actually easier or as easy as buttons. Ya. So doing that again.
To see the full Alphabet Collection from Pattern Anthology click HERE (affiliate link).