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 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?
For just $6.95 dollars 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 $6.95. Only $5 dollars! The regular pattern price will resume on December 21st.
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