Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink: Season 4 - overalls!

Wow, can you believe Boys Can Wear Pink is in its fourth year? This year it is Nova's debut into the series! I'm going to ramble about vinnie for a moment though, the pioneer in boy's fashion for me!

When I had vinnie, i had no problems putting him in black or pink or anything (even though many around me did). He's just owned it, really, and while he's a very soft and sensitive boy with low confidence (it really does break my heart) it there's one thing he is confident in it is wearing whatever he wants to wear - because i have always tried to encourage him that whatever he is comfortable in is fine. Of course this means not only does he wear whatever colours he wants to wear because, as we all know, colours have no genders - this also means that he wears his shirts inside out and back to front or no real reason than he can.

I do have to bite my tongue to tell him to "fix" his shirt, because who am i to tell him that he's "wrong" for wearing his shirt like that? I encourage him to embrace his fashion the way he wants, i'm not the one to set rules and limitations like that. However, i do remind him that other people might have something to say about it and so he is always prepared in case they do - and that makes him confident. He goes to school in holographic shoes (i feel we've only bought him shoes from the designated 'boys' section maybe three times in his entire life) and surprisingly enough all his boy friends have no issues (they know him, he's educated them) but it's the girls that have the problems with him wearing 'girl' shoes or 'girl' pants (this kid loves his leggings- because they're comfortable)- which in my personal opinion is just silly since they've known him for five years and it doesn't look like he's going to start conforming any time soon! deal with it, babies.

Because of this, because of vincent feeling confident in his own sense of style (which i can't say is distinctly from me and my confidence in fashion because in other aspects of out lives it's not like that) i just really thought it would be like that for all boys. Well apparently not! if you read the other blog posts in this tour both this season and past you'll see, or maybe you have your own little boy and you know how lucky i must be to have a boy that is this way, that is confident in wearing what he wants to wear (which is sort of funny because he will wear shorts to school on the coldest day because wearing pants makes him anxious - in case no one else is wearing pants) - expressing himself in the ways that he wants to express himself.

The thing is, we can't make our kids wear pink because it's pushing gender traditions and we want to make a statement about that. I know a lot of my family and friends think that is that what i do, mostly because i am so fierce and loud about feminism and equality for us all. it is a statement, seeing a boy in pink, but it is a statement from that little boy. And it really is just that he wants to wear that colour. As adults it's easy to look too much into things, but when i ask vinnie why he wears a tutu to the gym his innocent answer is because he knows it will make his friends laugh. that's it, plain and simple.

he wears pink because it's his favourite colour

ANYWAY that was a whole lot of words and this post is actually meant to be about nova and his amazing pink overalls! The funny thing is that while i'm a huge fan of pink on all boys because why not, i rapidly realised after having my second boy that maybe pink just doesn't suit all boys.

I don't know what it is, maybe it's because he's a bit ginger (it's hard to capture in photos because my photography skills are still so lacking, but he has ginger hair, eyebrows, eyelashes ahha - no clue where that came from!) but when i started putting him in the pink hand-me-downs of his brother and sister (and cousins) it just didn't look right. I still do it anyway, and he still gets called a pretty little baby girl with beautiful dimples because he's in a purple floral onesie...

and honestly, i don't care. the stranger thinks my baby girl is pretty, they probably also think i'm at least five years younger than i am and that he's my first baby. they're wrong, but that's ok ;)

I honestly made these overalls up thinking they would be too big for him, but would you believe his thighs are so ginormous and CHUNKY (and delicious) that i had a struggle getting his legs in?

The pattern is the I DigDungarees by Made by Jack's Mum (who is also on the tour) and i sewed it in the 6-12mth size. I've sewn this up before, so you can check out my notes on it there, but overall (lol) i still REALLY love this pattern for the professional garment you'll end up with. maybe it's all that topstitching? i don't know, i just love it.

The fabric is from spotlight, a printed cotton duck that i had every intention on sewing something for MYSELF out of but, you know, little tiny pink overalls just seemed so much cuter! I have at least a metre left, so something for me or something for Vinnie? Let me know in the comments! Also i'd love to hear your thoughts on any of the subjects i touched upon here, or just tell me a story about how hard it is to raise a boy? Well, my firstborn boy at least is very difficult for me, i'm constantly questioning myself

Gosh those dimples, though. We're all excited he is developing wrists and ankles in his fat rolls. he'll be seven months old tomorrow!

I do need to add another set of buttons above the ones i have there, the straps are just too long but i had to half measure him while he was asleep so that's what happens!

Here's some of my looks from the past season! I do plan on doing a part two later this week with some stuff i've made Vin as a little sneaky peek of a bigger project but we'll see how it goes. It's increasingly hard getting in photoshoot time with the two older ones at school and you know, being a mum of three now! I just need to set up some sort of cool photoshoot corner at my house to save me from driving all the way into town - but those graffiti walls are SO amazing, those artists have done a fantastic job!

Season One
Season Two

Season 3

If you're interested in more sewing for boys ideas that aren't regular boy's stuff, check out my sewing for boys tag or the page compiled of all my boy diys!

don't forget to check out what everyone else is making!

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Monday, 5 February 2018

ice cream pants

Is this nova's debut on my blog? I think it is!

I've mentioned him a few times, but here is my little chicken nugget in his mama made shorts! Nova was born on august 1, so he's six months old now, and he's my last baby ever! And what a baby! he's beautiful and sweet and so good (can babies be bad though? i don't think so). Vin and Ed absolutely adore him and he adores them too!

I didn't know his gender until after he was born, which was so exciting, especially since i was convinced i was having another girl and not another boy but WOW i was SO HAPPY because really i did want another boy! I really wanted eddie to be the only girl since she was getting shucked to middle child status ahha. I also birthed him vaginally, after two c-sections with the other two! it was a HUGE achievement for me, not only fighting the hospital to let my body do it the way my body is meant to do things, but also doing something i've never done before!

I'm done having kids though, i really am ahah. So let's sock up all this baby cuteness until my kids are big enough to give me grandkids (will i still be blogging then?)

I recently bought the ice cream pants pattern from brindille & twig, and while i've sewn up a few of their free patterns this was my first *official* pattern.  I really do get what the hype is about, the patterns are simple but cute, easy to assemble and sew up and totally on trend for baby fashion. This pattern is a great scrap buster too! I used a men's t-shirt for the faded grey batman pants and then fabric from my scrap bin for the shorts.

They're just super simple to assemble and easy to throw over fat little legs. they're also unique enough that you can use colourblocking and mix a bunch of different prints together to come up with some really cute pants and shorts!

 There isn't a shorts length marked on the pattern, but you really can't go wrong hacking a few inches from the hem and making them into shorts! We had a cold snap this weekend (it was ridiculous and now he's sick) so I've got a little assembly line ready of ice cream pants to make him from all the old t-shirts in my reconstructing bucket!

I used wider elastic in the shorts, which i prefer than the thin elastic i used in the pants, but i didn't have anything else so!

I also made a pair for Eddie & Vinnie too!

Eddie chose her fabrics, she's really into that grey fabric with weird pixellated graphics on it. I remember buying it because I thought it was kinda cool but then when i got it home i was like ... what. But she loves it so I guess i am sort of winning in a way! Don't look too close at the back, i didn't even notice until i took this snap that half the waistband wasn't sewn in properly at the outside.

 At first i wasn't really happy with the crotch at all (it looked WAY better in the product picture than in real life/worn) but i got used to it fairly quickly. Maybe it's the bright colours or maybe it's how comfortable they are, but these shorts have been a favourite for the kids this summer! now winter is coming i can sew up some more pants for the baby (seriously, the older two DO NOT NEED any more clothes)(they better grow so i can sew for them again ahah)

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