The Little Man Color Block Polo Shirt

Every time my little man sees me starting a sewing project he asks "Who is it for?". And 99% of the times I answer "It's for your sister A" or "your sister B" and he walks away... head down... with a sad look... It-breaks-my-heart... 

These last (6...8...?) weeks have been sewing madness weeks. Lots of pattern testing to do, sew-alongs and series... I think I have made more garments in these weeks than in my whole life (no, seriously...)... And only two things out of a bazillion were for him... (you can see them here).

So, this week I wanted to sew something for PR&P w4 - Signature Style challenge -, and for this April's Flip This Pattern series. I immediately started to sketch something for one of my girls that could figure in both challenges... A Dress... No, a blouse... Color block... Tulip sleeves... A-line... a bit of lace... In my mind it was beautiful! 
But, again, my little man came by and threw the question "Who is that for?"... It brook my heart knowing that I was going to break is heart... again... "I am making something for you, my sweet little man!", I said. His eyes glowed! In that instant I decided I was going to make something for him.

Well, I had just put myself in a lot of trouble... I had my mind set in a project for a girl and now, all of a sudden, and with just a day to work on it I had to come up with something suitable for a little guy...

I didn't know were to turn to!
"Focus, Sara, focuuusss!"

Ok, I had something to start with - this month's project for Flip This Pattern series is the Colorblock dress from Heidi & Finn. It couldn't be a dress so... it had to be a shirt. A polo shirt! And, as always, I wanted to keep the main design or main feature, so I decided to keep the color block design.

How I flipped the color block dress to a polo shirt:

  • The opening was turned from the back to the front (I add to adjust the neckline) and I added a placket (I left it open but I think I'll add snaps - I made it a bit narrow for buttons...)
  • I added a collar
  • I adjusted the armholes and added sleeves
  • A color block pocket at the front

I used piqué cotton (after all it is a polo shirt, right?) I had in my stash, in three different colors - white, red and navy blue.

He loved it! I made it in about 4 hours (from drafting and cutting to sewing and finishing) with 4 kids at home, and just in time for him to use it for a walk to the park.
While I was trying to sew I had to bribe them saying we would go play at the park if they'd let me finish this... If you ever tryed to spend a whole day with 4 kids locked at home you know what I mean... Well, I always always always keep my promises.

So, how does this relate to PR&P s9 w4 - Signature Style challenge? It does. 

I sew 99% for my girls - it's all pink and girly colors, florals and polka dots, blouses and sweet dresses, piping and lace - this is my Signature style. But I want my signature style to be also blue hues and green shades, stars and space rockets, shirts and trousers. So, I want to take a pledge. I pledge I will sew more for my little man - he deserves it! I don't ever ever want to feel like I am breaking is little heart... 'cause I know that is one thing he will remember when is all grown up... And I want to change that. I want him to remember of all the cool clothes his mommy made him when he was a kid... And I just have a few more years for that... He is 6, you know?...

Does anyone want to join me?...

Project linked to:

Flip This Pattern


  1. This is great, Sara! So glad to see a "flip" for a boy....and yes - definitely sew more for your little man!! There are so many people that beg, plead, and grovel for 'boy inspiration' in blog land!!

  2. Oh Sara, juro que me emocionei com o teu post e a alegria do teu filhote qd lhe disseste que ias costurar para ele. Para mim, costurar para os nossos filhos, dedicar-lhes aquilo que mais gostamos de fazer é uma forma de lhes mostrar-mos amor, por isso, quero desde já começar a fazer coisinhas para o meu piolho. aliás já comecei. Além de que ela já tem tanta mas tanta roupa que sendo o meu "estilo" pratico e funcional é mm a ele que tenho que dedicar mais costurinhas. Vamos apoiar-nos e fazer mais para os nossos homenzinhos.

  3. Yep, I've taken the pledge and sewed 1/2 of the themes for PR&P for my happy little man too! You did great!

  4. Bolas até eu fiquei de coração apertado pelo teu menino... ele merece sim!

    E ficou giríssimo o pólo!

  5. What a great flip, and I love that colour combination! Thanks for linking up with Embellish is for BOYS!


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