I love when I totally don’t plan on doing something, then because of a challenge/contest/promotion I end up doing it anyway and loving it. Like when I did Whole30 for the first time (I’ve completed it twice since then). Or signing up to sell Mary Kay and meeting goals to win silly bracelets and and earrings. Or like this time… making henley tees for my two oldest boys as part of a week long sew-along for Patterns for Pirates. Yessir, that’s how I get things done. Give me a contest and I’m yours!
You know, I’m trying to limit the challenges I sign up for to ones that are things I actually need. Sure, the boys aren’t lacking in shirts, but it doesn’t hurt to make them some new ones either.
Plus, look at those precious smiles! I also can’t resist the challenge of bringing them joy, and this is one way I do it.
Lately they’ve been building spaceships out of legos and running around the house pretending they are in outer space. They picked out this material themselves… I think they’ve got something on the mind!
Like other patterns by P4P, I loved this one. There were a couple spots that were a little confusing in the instructions (like how it skipped over the actual step of sewing the neckband – this was just made obvious by the pictures) but I made it through.
Also, I detest button holes. My sewing machine is currently struggling so I’m borrowing my mom’s, but I can’t figure out how to do proper button holes on it. These ones were done somewhat manually; they are definitely BSed (did I just make up that word?). Next goal is to figure out how her machine is supposed to do them!
But you know what though? I love these shirts, even with the button-holes done wrong. They make my boys happy, and those little crooked button holes make these shirts unique. One great things you can do when sewing is to drop the desire for perfection. It just ain’t gonna happen! Cherish your mistakes and you’ll love your creations all the more.
If you’re interested in creating this look, I used the Yo Ho Henley pattern with this alien fabric for the bodice from JoAnn. I can’t find a link for the exact fabric I used for the arms and placket, but this would work. I know lots of people buy fabric from small shops and I’d love to do it too, but unless I plan far enough ahead I usually end up at my 5-min-away-from-home-favorite craft store for materials. It works. 🙂
So here’s my challenge for you – make your boys a new shirt! Whether it’s a henley or a raglan or something completely different, get over your fear of doing something new and just do it. It’s worth it all just for the smile.