Hey, you! Yeah, you over there with the boy you want to sew something for, but aren’t sure what to make. I’ve got something for you.
Amy of Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop just might be one of the most prolific, comprehensive children’s pattern designer out there. Not only does she have a shop full of all kinds of amazing kids’ designs, but her size range is one of the best, with many patterns ranging from infant through adolescent.
With my oldest quickly outgrowing every bit of clothing in his closet, I’ve been on the lookout for cool boy patterns that will work for a kid entering that awkward “tween” stage. The Varsity Cowl Neck has been on my to-sew list since its release last fall. I love the design of a shawl collar to a basic sweatshirt. Details like that just make me happy. And with a size range of 6months to 10, I can outfit all of my kids in a Varsity Cowl Neck. But for now, let’s talk about what I made this kid.
The Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover is a pretty simple sew. Things do get a bit tricky and fiddly at the front cowl. I actually ended up picking out my seams there, and resewing things opposite of instructed. The pattern explains to attach the cowl at the back, and then work towards the front. I couldn’t get things to not look wonky up front doing it that way. So I just got it all looking how I wanted up front, then worked my way toward the back. And it turned out great!
The fit is fabulous, with a bit of growing room, but not bulky or baggy. And according to my son, it’s super comfortable. He’s my kid that is much more about comfort over fashion. As long as he can move and relax in something, he’s happy. And he’s very happy with this. I’m expecting his Varsity Cowl Neck to get a lot of action this fall and winter.
Though I love the style of the Varsity Cowl as-is, I couldn’t help but add a few of my own details to my son’s version. I picked up a bunch of leather scraps in LA this past summer, and have been itching to add them to garments. I put elbow patches on the sleeves of the Varsity Cowl Neck, adding the leather prior to attaching the sleeves. I didn’t finish the edges of the leather at all, since it’s not going to fray. I just pinned in place, then topstitched all around about 1/8 inch in from the edge.
And then I also added leather details at the shoulder. After joining shoulder seams, I cut scraps of leather to match the raw edges of the existing shoulders at the neck and sleeve scythe. I top stitched the leather in place on the horizontal lines, keeping it just front of center. Then I finished up the Pullover according to the pattern instructions, attaching the cowl and sleeves as normal.
I’m not worried about washing. I think the leather will look cool as it wears and weathers through laundering. Super simple addition, but unexpected and pretty awesome.
I love that Peek-a-Boo offers so many solid, basic designs, but with enough fun elements and details to keep things unique and trendy. The size ranges are fabulous, and Amy’s instructions clear and always full of helpful hints. And I really love that I get to sew up cool things for my ten year old that not only I like, he totally digs, too.
If you’ve got a boy with some fall-wardrobe needs, try the Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover, and I’ll bet you’ll both be happy.
Pick up the Varsity Cowl Neck HERE (affiliate link)
Be sure to check out all the awesome Peek-a-Boo looks on the Fall Tour and come back on Saturday: Amy is going to have a huge giveaway for a pattern 10 pack.
I was given the Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover from Peek-a-Boo Patterns free of charge in exchange for my honest review. This pattern has honestly been on my wish list for a year, and my honest opinion is it’s an awesome pattern. I’m also an affiliate with Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop and all related links are affiliate links. That means if you click them and decide to purchase through that link, I get big bucks! Okay, not big, but still, I get money, which is super cool and helps me fund future sewing projects in addition to my gourmet ice cream bar addiction. So, thank you!
Pattern: Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover by Peek-a-Boo Patterns in size 10 with added shoulder and elbow patches
W-Pants by Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate links), self-graded to size 10 with pleated knees and added topstitching details
Fabric for Pullover:Striped French terry and leather scraps from SAS Fabrics and repurposed rib- and sweatshirt knit
Fabric for Pants: Vintage Selvedge Denim from my mom