Today I welcome Abby of Things for Boys to the blog…and I just want to squish her little man! Keep reading for her thoughts on the Beachy Boatneck.
Hi everyone, Abby from Things for Boys here! I'm thrilled to be part of the Blank Slate Sewing Team. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my hubby and two sons, Roman who's almost 4 and Ted who's 1. It's been such a long time since I've sewn anything just for Ted so I knew straight away that I wanted to make something for him. I went with the Beachy Boatneck.
The fabric I used is a cotton interlock. I got it cheap somewhere and I think you can see why, the pattern is not printed straight, so the soldiers are all on a bit of a lean! It's a bit annoying when it's on the hanger, but you can't really notice when Ted is wearing it.
Taking photos of a toddler is next to impossible, so please excuse my less than amazing photos. He's too old to sit there like a cute little baby who can't yet move about, but not old enough to be bribed with chocolate or something.
I was a bit silly and just went straight for the size 18mo without checking Ted against the sizing chart. The top is a bit more slim fitting than I think it's meant to be and I had a hard time squeezing his head into it, though the boys do have big heads. I measured him up afterwards and should have made the size 2T.
I love the clean finish on the neck. It's a bit fancier than a regular tee that has binding around the neck. As we are just heading out of winter here, I went with a short sleeved version. Tees come together so quickly, which makes them one of my favourite things to make for the boys. They always get a lot of wear too. I often make them from hubby's old tops, making use of the fun prints on them. The pattern is sized from 18mo - 8 years, so you really get your money's worth from the pattern. It works great for boys and girls which is always a bonus. The Beachy Boatneck is a nice and simple pattern and would be great for someone new to sewing with knits. I didn't feel like dragging out my overlocker, so I stitched this all on my regular machine. It's always good to know you don't need an overlocker for sewing knits.