Today I’m joining in the Blank Slate Patterns fall pattern tour. Melissa, the amazing designer behind Blank Slate Patterns, let me choose a pattern to try out and show off. She has lots of patterns to choose from, but I immediately picked the Perfect Polo to sew up for my kindergartener. He gets lots of hand-me-downs from his three older brothers, so I thought it was about time I made something brand new just for him. He’s pretty excited about it, as you can probably tell.
I’m excited about it, too. Not only is it super cute with the contrast collar and pocket, it was pretty darn easy to sew up. Even the button/snap placket, which was kind of intimidating (how in the world do you do that?) was quite simple with Melly’s step-by-step instructions. I’m fairly proud of myself – just look at that placket!
As you can tell, sewing the packet was quite a bit easier than getting my excited 5-year-old to stand still for photos…
I made the shirt from two men’s tees from the thrift store, which made things even easier because I was able to use the existing sleeve cuff and existing hem. (I find it’s easier to get good deals on quality fabrics in the men’s section at thrift stores – women’s clothes are usually made from thinner fabrics and are priced higher as well). The fabric only cost $3, and I have tons of the aqua shirt leftover for something else.
Patterns have hem allowance built in to the sleeves and shirt pieces, so if want to use an existing sleeve cuff or hem as well you’ll just want to cut your piece with your pattern overhanging the finished edge, as you can see here. This way you’ll end up with the correct length sleeves and shirt.
I sewed up a size 6 for my 5 year old boy, and it fits perfectly. The cut is a little slimmer than a lot of his store-bought clothes, and it looks really cute on him.
If you want to make your own Perfect Polo, visit Melly’s Blank Slate Patterns Shop. All her patterns are digital, meaning you purchase them, download immediately, then print out the pattern pieces and tape them together. All her patterns also have a really broad size range – the Perfect Polo goes from 12 months to 8 years, so you’ll get lots of use out of each one.