Blog Tour | Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 3

In a time where gender roles seem to still be so prominent, its nice to see that my efforts as a parent to let him be who he wants to be are paying off.  He seamlessly goes from playing with his trains and trucks to superheroes to dolls.  I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he has a big sister… of course all her dolls and toys seem so sparkly and exciting (since they are supposed to be off limits) compared to his.  It’s really not uncommon to find him playing with her American Girls while she isn’t looking.

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It’s hard to believe this is the 3rd year I’m getting to participate in such an awesome movement.   With age comes independence and choices and this kid is starting to know what he wants, what he likes.  If you ask him to pick a color, he’d probably say purple, which is really just about as good as getting him in pink in my book. Lucky for me, he’s an easy kid… pockets and hoods.  That’s all he really cares about when i’m sewing for him.

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So pockets and a hood is what he got!  We used the nest pattern from New Horizons, the 11th Hour Gear collection.  Seriously folks this pattern has it all!  It includes a top, 2 styles of bottoms (joggers and lounge pants) and comes in sizes 3-6m all the way to big kid 16.

I lined the pockets with the pink beetles and also added it for the cuff of his joggers (although a little harder to see).  Can you tell he’s gearing up for baseball season?  He swings just about anything… maybe that’s just a boy thing?

 

Seriously though, photographing a 2.5 year old???  Most of our pictures looked like that… always on the go!  Believe it or not, I got a few standing still but we just couldn’t lose that shovel, haha!

Our fabric choice this year is from Znok Designs, pink for sure, but look at all those bugs!  I had planned on using it for Ryleigh but honestly I’m loving it for him!

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For the hoodie I went with a German patter from a company called Rockerbuben.  The Mini Flo.  Euro patterns can have a learning curve for sure but with the help of Google translate and a little bit of experience they can be really awesome!

I’d been looking for a new hoodie pattern (you know to add to the 20 that I already have, haha!)  This one stood out to me, I loved the colorblocking and the little insert in the hood, so fun!

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He was SO determined to get this sucker picked up with the shovel, LOL

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Apparently he wasn’t the only one who really wanted that sucker either… hahahaha!  Meet our monster goldendoodle,  Lilo!  I don’t think I’ve shared much since we got her, but my guess is she will find her way in to our pics here and there.

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Thanks for stopping by to check out our look during this season of Boys Can Wear Pink, its so fun to share with everyone!  But…. You know what makes this blog tour even better? (yes, I know its hard to believe thats possible) — PRIZES!!

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Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes
Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale
Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns
Pattern of choice from stitchART
Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly (bundles excluded)

Be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour, there are so many amazing kiddos that are are excited to share!

Monday: Handmade Boy, Paisley Roots, Phat Quarters, Wild & Wanderful, Max California,

Happy 2nd Anniversary Sofilantjes!!

I’m thrilled to be helping celebrate Sofilantjes’ 2nd Anniversary!  Anne is an amazing designer and her patterns are so well loved in our house.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be on her testing team for several patterns and I’m always in awe of her unique ideas.


It’s always a huge plus for me when I can use the same patterns for both kids.  I have a horrible  wonderful pattern buying habit and I suppose being able to reduce a few here or there is probably helpful, haha!  Even better, is when you can (with a little experience) throw a few patterns together to get something completely new!


The Summer Surprise Top has been on my list to try for awhile now.  It has a sweet back bow and little pleat in the front that takes just a simple tee/tank and bumps it up a notch.

The Domi Sweats are in my tried and true stack of bottom patterns.  We love the rounded pockets (although Miss Thang said she didn’t want pockets this time) and since they come in shorts or pants they are perfect year round.

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To combine the two I started with the Skinny Top version and lowered the bow by about an inch in the back.  I wanted to make sure it was easy enough to slide up and down over the shoulders, but not too easy.  Then I added a few rows of shirring along the bottom of the top.


I made the pants per the pattern, only shortening them a little to an in between shorts/capri length.  Instead of adding the waistband I just attached the pants directly to the top.  Voila!

Can you tell she loved it??  With just a few days left of 2nd grade she says her outfits have to be just right and I was informed this one makes the cut! Go mom!! haha!   (side note… I cannot believe my baby will be in imagesrd grade!!)


As she gets older cutesy fabrics just don’t fly around here for anything but pj’s.  For this one Halla Fabricss sent me this gorgeous blue chevron from Znok, isn’t it amazing?  And the gray Stenzo solid from Mabel Madison was a perfect match!

Want to try mashing up a few on your own? With code CELEBRATE you can take 25% off all Sofilantjes patterns (bundles excl.) through May 29th.

We have some fabulous sponsors with amazing gifts for those of you following along!!  For today, Day 2, we have 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time)
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Want more chances to win? And more gorgeous inspiration? Follow the rest of our tour –


From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynn
Beri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

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Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 2

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When I was given the chance to participate in this amazing tour again this year, I jumped at it.  I had such a good time last year with my little guy and I knew I could do something epic again this year.

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Last year my motivation was a little different, he was a newborn, he was expected to have a closet full of greens and blues and browns.  And while that is fine and well, its nice to have some variety.  There’s no reason little (or big) boys shouldn’t wear whatever they want, pink, purple, orange, yellow, red, blue… none of these colors mean anything about WHO they are.  Pink makes a boy no less of a boy and while there will always be someone to say otherwise, I want my boy to grow up knowing it doesn’t make a difference.

(Hope you don’t mind, i’m sneaking in a flash back… )
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Now that he’s a year older, my opinion is not only on what he wears but what he plays with.  He has an older sister with a million dolls… so YES he’s going to play with them.  He LOVES them, he carries them around, pushes a baby in the stroller and has a great time doing it.  Why shouldn’t he?  Dolls aren’t just for girls, just like pink isn’t either.

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I had the opportunity to test this SWEET pattern from Terra’s Treasures, the Elevation Hoodie (coming this week!!) and I just knew it had to be what I featured today.  When I bought these cute little raccoons I thought they would be red, imagine my surprise to open a package of pink, but hey, even better right?!?!  I got those from Jumping June Textiles, while i’m fairly certain they are sold out, you should check out the other amazing Euro prints she carries.

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He relunctanly gave up his baby when I suggested that there might be pockets on his hoodie.  He’s just learning why pockets are so awesome and how much stuff he can sneak into one.     Gosh when did he get so big???

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I recently  made these pink dragon Max Joggers from Max & Meena and thought they would be perfect to share today too.   You can find the pink Znok dragons at Halla Fabric, if you hurry  I think they are still in stock!!  They pair nicely with his new Wild and Free shirt my friend Julie sent him.  I’d say it suits him to a TEE!  HAHA!!  They are available at her shop Chestnut Street Duds if your interested.

He’s letting me know its too cold to stay out any longer so off we go… the baby back in arms to keep him happy on the walk back.

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Thank you so much for following this AMAZING blog tour.  There are some fabulous ladies with awesome kiddos that have lots to share this week.  If you missed the first few days go back and check them out, then be sure to follow along as we wrap up!   You also don’t want to miss the killer giveaways we have from all the great business that have agreed to sponsor this week for us.   You can ENTER HERE for the giveaway.

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