I have boys. Three of them. I like to sew for them. That about sums up this blog, for the most part, really*. It also describes Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!: Three boys she sews for. But she doesn’t just sew for her boys, Stacey drafts original patterns and she just released her first under her new kids’ pattern line Beatnik Kids. This is the Bond Top, a woven/knit mix of funky cool for boys or girls size 2 to 8.
The design is super unique, with a collar and placketed-bibbed front in the woven, while the rest of the shirt is made out of knit. It makes for some really awesome pattern mixing and highlighting of your favorite fabrics. I went pretty simple with my five-year-old’s Bond Top, using a wide-striped knit and some heathered linen. Contrast stitching gives the linen a more playful feel. I added some green bias tape to the inside collar, along the seam line. The collar doesn’t have a stand, so it looks really nice opened at the top, and I love that you can see the bias tape. It just gives it a finished feel. I also added a little box at the bottom of the placket. I think it adds just a tiny bit more interest to the solid linen. It also hides the pucker I made in the placket and had to cut out! Happy little mistake, right?
The pattern is for 3/4 length sleeves, but I wanted a more traditional length for Jonas’, and I really wanted to use more of the fabulous linen. So I lengthened the sleeve a few inches, then drafted cuffs out of the linen. Jonas loves this shirt. Like, tried to wear it three days in a row, love. Like, pouted for an hour when I told him it was in the washer, love.
You can get the Bond Top pattern here for $2 off until Friday with the code BONDTOP. And check out all the other Bonds on tour this week, including some fun girly versions, for lots of Bondy inspiration:
I was given the Bond Top to sew up and write about. Thanks Stacey! Top: Bond Top by Beatnik Kids, size 6. Fabric is stripe knit from Girl Charlee, heathered black linen from Jo-Ann Stores
Jeans: Old Navy
*I also have a girl. I sew her stuff, too.