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It’s Time to Celebrate the Boy!

JUMP FOR JOY! It’s my turn to Celebrate the Boy!


Our four boys keep our home overflowing with all things boy all the time! If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! I love creating patterns for little boys because, well, that’s who primarily enjoys the results of my sewing.

In honor of Celebrate the Boy 2011, I’ve created a free downloadable tank top pattern for all the fun-loving little guys in your life. With only two pattern pieces plus a few rectangles, this tank is quick and easy. The pattern includes sizes 12 months to 5T, and it pairs perfectly with my recently released Undercover Bottoms Boxer Briefs for cold-weather layering or warm weather snoozing.

This pattern (and almost all of my other patterns) is sewn using cotton knit fabrics. If you’ve never sewn with cotton knits or you could use a few tips to improve your results when sewing knits, be sure to check out my blog series: Knit Knowledge.

This is my youngest little guy, Charlie. He turned 1 recently, but being the youngest of six has him convinced that he’s really 11! I’ve had the Sweet Pea fabric that I used for his pjs in my stash for years, and I thought it would be perfect for him.

The other members of my family, however, have been trying to convince me that the red trim looks really pink and matched up with the lavendar of the main fabric, they think it looks not so boyish. I promise you, it’s red, not pink. I’m pretty sure putting pink in a post during Celebrate the Boy is grounds for permanent banning . . .

Since Charlie’s only one and obviously still wears a diaper, I sized up his boxer briefs two sizes so he could wear them over a disposable to bed. I love the cute little sleeping Sweet Pea on the bum panel!

My four-year-old, Jamie, answers the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the same way everytime. “A motorcycle man . . . with a motorcycle.” (Cause, really? What would a motorcyle man be without a motorcycle?) When this checkered-flag jersey showed up in a swap package that I received last month, I knew right away that it would be the perfect coordinate for the motorcycle knit that was already lined up for this project.

I used my Easy Applique tutorial to do the appliques. It is really easy! You have to try it!

Ready to sew a tank and some boxer briefs? You’ll find the full-size pdf pattern and the instructions for the tank top here: The Tank. (Like all of my instructions, you’ll find word-instructions coupled with picture-instructions of every step!) You can find the boxer brief pattern right here in my store: The Undercover Bottoms Boxer Brief. And, I’ve added a 15% discount code that you can use on any of my patterns through the end of March: “TheBoy”.

What are you waiting for? Go sew! Soon your little guys will be jumping for joy in celebration, too!

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