Back to School: Perfect Pattern Parcel Edition
*I received free patterns in order to complete review. All views expressed in this post are my own*
School is starting....like tomorrow! I've got mixed emotions over here. My oldest gent is heading off to Kindergarten. He will be gone ALL DAY! And while I am excited for him and for a little break of having to entertain 3 little ones at home, I am a bundle of nerves and anxiety. I mean, come on?!?! Riding the bus??? Eating lunch at school???? Not being with me all day???? Ugghhh. How will I handle all of this?!?!
Good news, my gent is MORE THAN READY! Thanks to Perfect Pattern Parcel, he will be the most stylish kid at school, so at least I can be a little at ease, haha.
Never heard of PPP before? Ok, so here's the deal. You get to pick your price! Yes, you heard me right. Anywhere between $10-$200 gets you 5 amazing patterns. Pay $26 or more and you get a BONUS pattern. And let me tell you, you NEED the bonus pattern! And the best part is the money you spend goes to support the indie designers, is given to charity, and helps to expand the awareness of both the designers and the charities you donate to! I mean, who doesn't want to help out a good cause and get great patterns?!?!
Ok, so when I signed up for the blog tour I had all these grand ideas of awesome photo shoots of my 2 gents in the AMAZING bonus pattern. So, guess what? It didn't happen. Life happened and time got away from me. But guess what?? Sometimes these things happen for a reason.
Let me introduce you to my oldest gent sporting the fantastic Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado.
I also love that chart that shows what pages to print based on what size/design elements you are sewing! So awesome!! The instructions are really well written and easy to follow, and even include super helpful color photos. A beginner can definitely tackle this pattern with some time and patience!
If you are returning reader, you probably already know I love pockets, as do my kiddos. So of course I had to make the welt pockets. To scared to try them? There are instructions for faux welts too!
Also included are instructions for a back tie, although I left it out this time, since this vest will ultimately be reversible! Oh, want to do a reversible one like me?? Have no fear, there are instructions for that too! I mean, this pattern really didn't leave anything out!
Let's talk about fit for a second. My boy normally wears a 4/5t, with room to grow. This is the size 4. He is wearing 2 shirts underneath, and he can still move comfortably. Definitely look at the size chart and go by chest size, then adjust the length accordingly! This vest is meant to have a slim modern fit. No baggy 90's vests here ;)
I mean, seriously. I'm gonna miss this kid a ton! I wasn't sure how I would like this vest dressed down, but I almost like it better! Put this with an awesome tee and some jeans and tennies, and you are set for your first day of school!
But maybe you need a slightly dressier option. Not a problem. Throw on a button down, maybe even a bow tie, and you're ready to hit the town!
My gents are slightly obsessed with surprises, so I try to incorporate a little surprise in everything I make them. The mustaches were the perfect whimsy this vest needed! On the outside it is a spectacular bright blue, but only he knows what's on the inside! I will just say this, he more than loves his secret mustaches!
See where you can see the thread from the buttons? Here's where the reversible comes into play.Sew on some buttons over where the thread is. Don't worry, the button on the front will cover the thread of the inside buttons. And now you have a reversible vest. Now everyone can see that awesome secret fabric :)
I may not be ready for him to leave me, but he sure is ready! And thankfully I can send him out feeling confident and looking stylish in a ooak vest!
Vest #2 is already planned and will be sewn for my littlest gent for his first day, and let me tell you, he can't wait to look like his big brother!
I can't say enough good things about this pattern. In less 2 hours, from start to finish, I was able to sew this up. You can't beat that! Especially for such a versatile pattern that can be dressed up or down!
If you want to learn more about this or any of the other great patterns in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #4, head on over here. You have untile September 5th to pick up pattern parcel #4! And give PPP a like on facebook too so you can stay up to date on all the happenings.
Thanks so much to PPP for letting me be a part of this awesome blog tour! And don't forget to check out the other bloggers on this tour! There is some amazing sewing going on here that you will not want to miss!
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