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sewing for easter: outfit inspiration for boys

No matter how you spend your Easter, wether it’s going to church, a Sunday brunch or just hanging out and having an egg hunt with your kids, it’s always nice to dress your kids in a little something special. I’ve put together a few inspiration looks for boys, followed by patterns choices that could help you replicate these looks.

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If you’re into a more formal Easter, you might want to sew something that’s a little more dressy. Button ups and a pair of dress pants are always good basics for a formal look, paired with a blazer or a vest or even a simple bowtie or necktie.

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From a button up onesie for you littlest one, to a suit jacket and tie for your oldest, there’s definitely some great pattern options out there, for example, Oliver + S’s sketchbook shirt is a great pattern to base any look off of, or if you’re hoping to have a button up for your baby, the Max and Matilda Button-Up Bodysuit from Peekaboo Patterns really fits the bill! From there, you just need to choose wether you want to add a vest or a blazer, or just pair it with a tie.

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At our house, we don’t really do full formal wear. We might do a Sunday brunch, which means if I tell the boys they need to dress nice, they’ll tend to sit in this zone, a more casual dressy. They usually go with these type of pants or if its hot out they’ll wear a khaki or dressy short.

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For this, I find that as long as you have a nice trouser pattern, you can really do just about anything with it. You can pair them with a more casual button up or a polo shirt, layer it with a cardigan, a pullover or even a knit vest to add some personality.

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But in all honesty, at our house for the most part, we’re pretty low key on Easter, yes the kids might dress up for a Sunday brunch or an Easter dinner. But if we’re staying home, as long as they’re dressed in clean clothes then I’m usually happy. A skinny jean and a tee are pretty much the basics. Sometimes I’ll also get them special tees that have saying on them or are a bit more easter themed.

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For this, I’ll tend to go with basic patterns I love. Starting with a good skinny jean pattern, like the Jagger Jeans, which you could sew up either in a dark wash or a fun colour. You could then pair it with the Mulberry tunic if you still wanted to have a woven top, which would keep your look a bit more on the causal side without being everyday. Or pair it with a good basic tee like to Yo Ho Henley. Possibly even use the Rowan tee and give it some Easter personality with a freezer paper stencil or even an iron transfer. If you’re coming up empty on ideas, here are a few of my favourite files that I found on Etsy here, here, here and here.

I hope this gets you excited to create something special for your little (or big) guy for the holiday. Chime in in the comments and let us know what your Easter sewing plans are! We’d love to hear from you!

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sewing for easter: vintage inspired outfit

Easter is on its way! For me, that meant time to dig out those cute fabrics that I did not use last year. Let’s be honest, a fabric with rabbits on it, needs to become an Easter outfit.

Me and my girl both love vintage inspired clothing. She loved the storybook blouse and dress so I decided to sew her a new one. Femke loves a feminine touch and I always love sewing those extra little details.

The blouse has 4 pleats on the front and gathered elastic sleeve bottoms. At the beginning I was a bit afraid the pleats and the bold fabrics would be to much. But I think it worked out really well.

At the back the blouse is closed with an elastic loop and look at that cute matching bunny button I found.

The pinafore is a pattern that I found in the poppy magazine Edition 10. It closes with a zipper in the side seam. It took me some time to figure out how to do that for the first time but the skirt is really easy to put on now for Femke.

The suspenders are secured with buttons and crossed at the back. Instead of cutting the suspenders to the right size I made an extra pair of buttonholes. That way the skirt can grow with her.

And yes I think it won’t take long before we need to use the second pair of buttonholes. There was not enough fabric left to lengthen the skirt. So sew those easter fabrics now, because kids grow way to fast and maybe you will not have enough fabric left next year!

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sewing for easter: boys’ edition

There are less than 2 weeks until Easter, which makes for the perfect excuse to do some fancy sewing. As a mom of 4 girls and 1 boy, my Easter sewing usually revolves around my girls; however, this time I decided to direct more attention on my son. He is 8 and really loves wearing a suit to church every week.

About 6 months ago, right before his 8th birthday, I attempted to sew him a suit for the first time. I spent a long time looking for a pattern and was unable to come up with many options. I decided on the Basic Blazer and the Clean Slate Pants, both by Blank Slate Patterns.

I was really happy with the results! I admit, I was dreading this project, but once I got started I didn’t want to stop. Additionally, I decided to make his tie by using the Everyday Necktie pattern by Made Everyday. I had used this pattern before for men and loved it, so I knew it would go great with the suit!

He wore the suit every week for about 6 months straight; however, just like with every growing boy, the suit began to get a little small. Plus, he really wanted a jacket that looked a little more like his dad’s. 🙂 Specifically, he liked the back vent feature and he wanted it to fit better when it was buttoned.

The pattern search started once again. I really could not find a lot of options other than the Burda Boys Suit Jacket pattern. This suit jacket looked exactly like what he wanted. It had a back vent and the shaping was better. The only problem was that it was a Burda pattern, which made me terrified! Not only did I have to add my own seam allowances, but all of the reviews stated the instructions were not very good. I decided to take a risk and give it a shot anyway…I mean, how bad could it be? 🙂

According to the measurement chart he should have been a size 7, but unfortunately the jacket pattern only included sizes 8 – 12. Therefore, I decided an 8 would work and it turned out to be the perfect amount of ease (sizing runs small).

As I mentioned, this is my first experience with a Burda pattern. I did need to add my own seam allowance (“SA”), which fortunately ended up being rather easy. I decided to use a 3/8″ SA, although I believe 5/8″ SA is what the pattern recommends. However, a tip to easily add 3/8″ SA is to tape 2 pencils together, creating a 3/8″ space between the 2 points (see picture below). You will want to measure this for yourself, but this method has worked for me in the past. First, I traced the pattern on my paper and then went around each pattern piece to add the SA.

I did sew up a quick muslin before actually cutting into my real fabric. I was impressed with how well the pieces came together. The only adjustment I made from the muslin was to add 1 inch of length onto the bottom.

I used a classic suiting fabric and lining from JoAnn Fabrics. I also used a woven interfacing as the pattern directed. When I made the first suit, I had a difficult time finding information about what pattern pieces to interface, so I snapped a quick picture of the pieces after I interfaced them, as shown below.

I interfaced the 2 front pieces, the facings, and both collar pieces. I also interfaced the back pieces in 3 spots: the neckline, the arm seam, and the back vent.

The pattern only came with a couple of paragraphs explaining the construction, and they really were not very helpful at all. For the most part, I followed the instructions for the Blank Slate Pattern’s Basic Blazer and just made it work. I also used the welt pocket pattern pieces from the Basic Blazer.

In addition to the 2 welt pockets on the front of the suit jacket, I made a secret pock on the inside (which is his favorite part).

And let’s not forget about the back vent that he wanted so badly!

As for the pants, I used the Clean Slate Pants Pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. The pants came together very smoothly, and I even did the zip fly option, which always makes me feel like a rock star!

For the tie, I used my tried and true necktie pattern, the Everyday Tie Pattern.

So, all in all, I absolutely love the final result! It was not the easiest project, but was incredibly gratifying. I will definitely use both patterns again, especially the suit jacket. However, before I make another attempt, I would like to take the online “Learn to Sew a Classic Blazer” class by Closet Case Patterns. I think I might have a slight suit sewing obsession now. 🙂 I mean, he looks pretty dapper, right?

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