Boys Can Wear Pink + giveaway + tutorial!10:10 pm
I really don't think it's any secret that we like to break the rules over here. Over here as in my blog, not as in Australia in general (although we were a convict colony so I guess it's just in my nature? hehe). The one thing that I really like to encourage in my children's lives is that there are no boy or girl colours, there's no boy or girl jobs, everyone is equal. Girls can be Darth Vader and not Princess Leia if they want to and boys can do ballet and not karate if that's what they want. Vincent's chair bag this year is black plaid with storm troopers and his pencil case is pink teddy bears with pom pom trim (both mama made of course!).
The one thing that really isn't a secret is his favourite colour. It's pink. And while he's copped some flak from it at school, he's really lucky in that he's fairly popular (because of his obsession with Star Wars and Batman)(of if only that still worked when you were an adult!) so his response to his friends trying to tease him about his hot pink lunchbox? "I think it's cool" And you know what? They deal with it. He's a sensitive little soul, he really wouldn't handle being teased for something like that at all and would most likely reject all things pink. Which really? That's not fair. It's just a colour guys.
Vincent was almost four when he found this pink teddy bear fabric in my stash and begged me for a pair of pants. I was 100% sure his dad was not going to be keen on the idea, but I made them anyway because I am all about my kids being able to express themselves. He ended up winning a Pop Street Kidz street wear competition thanks to these bad boys. Two years later he still talks about the pants and I really wish that one day I can find enough of the fabric to make him another pair!
This post, in case you haven't figured it out already, is about the fact that Boys can wear pink! It's something I've always agreed on, but it took my friend Kelly at Handmade Boy (oh my gosh she's amazing go look at her blog and just spend forever there) to turn it into a blog event! Lucky for me, I was asked to take part and it was with great glee that I made Vincent the most obnoxiously pink shirt ever!
My other little feature is something I've done before, absolutely LOVED, and decide to do it again. I you scroll down to the bottom of this post you can check out the mini tutorial I put together to show you how I did it in case you want to do it too!
I turned the yoke into like a yoke with a flap, and no I don't have any creative term for it except "cool flappy thing" which makes me cringe because the word flap makes me feel uncomfortable as it is!
Fun story, the fluro pink plaid was mean to be a 'pretty dress' for his little sister. Sorry gurl, your bro nabbed this!
Okay so want to learn how to do the 'cool flappy thing'? Click the Read More!
Alright. So basically you want a pattern that has a yoke in it. You can make a yoke, but for simplicity sake let's go with a pattern that already has one. I didn't take a photo of the shirt under the flap, but it's contrast under there too. The original yoke I sewed to the shirt is white like the pocket on the front and the undercollar. So I cut two of the yoke piece in white, the outside and the lining. Then I cut another two out of the fluro pink for the flap.
Using plaid or stripes? Match the patterns! Trust me it just LOOKS so much better and you get this sick sort of satisfaction with something so minor.
So I sewed the yoke flap right sides together, just along the bottom. I flipped it out the right way out, pressed it so it was all lovely and then topstitched that bottom seam. Then I placed it onto the back to the shirt that is already constructed (as in the original yoke is attached to the back piece already). I pinned it super carefully because you don't want it to move and look weird.
That actually wasn't sarcasm haha. I did use more than one pin! Alright now you're going to stitch the flap yoke to the original yoke. I used a few stitches on the both sides of the yoke to secure it in place.
Alright, now what we are basically trying to make this flap attach to the top/outside yoke (aka not the lining piece) and then throughout the rest of the garment construction you'll be treating it as ONE PIECE. So like stitch that yoke flap on then just pretend it's not even there. I pulled the original yoke away from the lining pieces and stitched across the shoulders and the neckline to keep it all together. DO NOT STITCH ANYTHING TO THAT LINING PIECE!
And there you go. A nice little flap! Super simple isn't it? Now go sew flaps to everything ever!