Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Introducing Beatnik Kids and The Bond Top Pattern Release

I am so. very. excited. to announce the release of my very first digital sewing pattern, The Bond Top.

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After months of hard work, drafting, grading, digitizing, and revising, The Bond Top is now ready to make it's debut.  I have more than a handful of people to thank for their help during the creation of this pattern, not least of all my family who deserve big, old, sloppy kisses.




Some of you may remember when this top first came into being.  Long ago, I designed it as a solution to my middle son's insistence on wearing nothing but pajamas. Getting this boy out of his pajamas and into real clothes can still be a real challenge some mornings.  Most of the time sweats and t-shirts are perfectly fine for little guys but there do come moments where we moms want them to look a tad classier.

The Bond Top Sewing Pattern

The Bond Top was designed with this in mind.  The mix of knit and woven fabrics allows for comfort and playability while the Henley style placket adds just enough class to make this top worthy of special events.  You know, like James Bond style party crashing.


The Bond Top pattern has 3/4 length sleeves and a slight high-low back which gives it a European feel that fits right in with current children's fashion trends and wears well on both boys and girls.


The bib, placket and collar pieces, of this 2T-8 digital sewing pattern, provide great opportunities for playing with contrast fabrics. Choose a bold woven fabric to spice up the Henley placket and collar, then pair it with a solid knit or go for a monochrome look with the knit and woven fabrics but use a contrasting placket that will provide just a hint of color.


Between babysitting as a teenager, working as an elementary school teacher for 8 years, and mothering three young boys, it's pretty clear to me that all children are characters who with their imaginations manifest themselves into many different personalities every day.  In fact, every few hours in this particular house. At any given moment my children appear as firemen, superheros, soldiers, robots, or pirates. And that's not even mentioning the character their personalities bring to the table.  Shouldn't their clothing reflect their uniqueness?


Which is where my motivation for the pattern and ultimately the pattern shop name, Beatnik Kids, came from.  When I first started sewing clothing for my boys, I was struggling to find what I wanted for them in the stores.  The basics were always there but nothing to match their various personalities. Whether your children wake up feeling a bit on the edge, like a Skater or Punk Rocker, or imagine themselves to be a jet pilot or international spy they have the right to reach into their closets and pull out an outfit that shows the world how they're feeling.  Anyone who sees my kids each day knows I value independence and creativity and encourage them to manifest it in their fashion choices. That's the fun of fashion, no?


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--> For just $8 dollars ($5 if you're buying on the first 3 days of the pattern release) for the pattern, you get a 23 page document which includes instructions and an 11 page pattern.  I hope you'll find The Bond Top to be a fun, comfortable, and a versatile pattern to customize over and over again. You can find the downloadable pattern on the Patterns tab at the top of the page along with a sizing chart and recommended fabrics.

Lastly, a big shout out to my testers who did an amazing job of providing feedback and trouble shooting.  Without testers, pattern makers are flying blind so from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. An extra special hug goes out to Melissa whose wonderful courses and tutorials helped me learn how to put this together, to Jess who not only tested, but re-tested and helped me fiddle with the tricky parts, Andrea and Alida who helped me brainstorm pattern shop names, and Susan and Shannon who provided not only moral support, but the guidance my muddled brain needed at just the right moments.

In honor of it's release, today through Friday, I'm offering The Bond Top pattern for $3 dollars OFF the normal pattern price of $8. Only $5 dollars! The regular pattern price will resume on December 21st.

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Those who want to stay current with pattern updates, announcements, photo sharing and even more can follow the Beatnik Kids Facebook group.

Want a chance to win the pattern? In honor of releasing this first pattern, I'm giving away a copy of The Bond Top to one lucky winner (If you buy the pattern and then win, I'll refund your money). Enter on the Rafflecopter below for your chance.

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16 comments:

  1. Congrats! Great lookupimgpattern, can't wait to see my boys in it :-)

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  2. Ha ha lucky I read it - favourite male movie character is ferris Beuller out of Ferris Beullers Day Off, I'm an 80s girl! ;-)

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  3. Congrats on the new pattern! My favorite male movie character this time of year is Hugh Grant in Love Actually.

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    1. Haha, yep. Love him in that movie. Prime Minister David I think, right? Must pull that movie out tonight.

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  4. Ooh...congratulations! And this top is super cute...I love that button placket! My favorite male movie character has to be Bert from Marry Poppins. He's just such a happy guy that doesn't ever feel down, no matter what life throws at him!

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  5. Errol Flynn as Robin Hood. Yummy!

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  6. My favorite male character in a book/movie is Jared from Spiderwick Chronicles. My son is obsessed with the books right now, and anything that keeps him reading is a hero of mine.

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  7. I loved seeing the Bond shirt pattern. I'm wondering what it would be like made in Girly pink for the daughters!!!??

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  8. Congrats on the release and good luck with your new venture!

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  9. Oh I have just found your blog... CONGRATULATIONS on your first pattern and YAY for it being a BOY pattern as they are quite rare!

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  10. I really like Hawkeye from Marvel Comics/The Avengers

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  11. Thoroughly enjoyed Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) Gone With the Wind. Love the oldies they're still goodies!

    darlene
    kittyklaws13411@yahoo.com

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  12. Star Wars, Indiana Jones or James Bond!

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  13. Congratulations on your first pattern release, Stacey! Here's to many more! :)

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  14. Hmm, most recently, Hawk Eye. Can't beat a guy with a bow and arrows!

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