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Mommy and Me: Ellie and Mac Half Pipe Tee

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Mother’s day is just around the corner and so I took the opportunity to join Lo’s “Mommy and Me Blog Tour”. Check out Lo’s introduction to the blog and her adorable Mommy and Me outfits here. Be sure to check out the other stops on this blog tour for adorable duos and trios. As i’m writing this the night before my stop, I’m going to make this a quick one. My little one is sick (AGAIN!!) so I don’t know how the night will go. Let’s jump right into the pattern.

As I prepared for this tour, I searched online for mommy and me patterns for moms and boys, but I couldn’t find any. So I decided to go with the Ellie and Mac Half Pipe Tee (affiliate link). I got the women’s half pipe tee a while ago as it was part of the “Wacky Wednesday” sale for one dollar. Soon after, the kids unisex half pipe tee went on sale so of course I bought the pattern. I love the color blocking for my boy but I don’t love it for myself.


I decided to recycle an old dress I had that didn’t fit well, but the outcome was not good. As I was sewing, I was not enjoying the process at all. It felt more like a chore rather than a fun project that my little guy and I would have fun wearing. The reason I wasn’t liking this process is that I didn’t like the fabric I chose. So I decided to buy some fabric instead of trying to settle something to make for this tour and that maybe I wouldn’t even wear “in real life”.

This pattern was really easy to make. I made two tees for my son and one for myself all in about two nights. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the first one, unfortunately. For my son I made a size 2T, but it does fit a little bit big. I made a size XXL for myself and I like the fit. To wrap up on the pattern, it is a great pattern with detailed instructions and corresponding illustrations. If you don’t wan to do the color block, I cut the front bodice on the fold instead of mirrored images. You have several sleeve options for the shirt and for the women’s you even have an option for a hoodie. This is going to be a great pattern fort he fall and winter. I chose the 3/4 sleeves with no hoodie.

The ivory and black stripe fabric is a rayon spandex from Knitpop. The black fabric is also from Knitpop and it is liverpool. The weight of the fabrics are very different. The rayon spandex is flowy and light whereas the liverpool is thicker and more structured. This contract worked out great for me because the bodice is flowy but it didn’t workout as as I would have liked for my son. One side of his tee (the rayon spandex side) drapes whereas the liverpool does not. I am still learning about fabrics so this serves as a lesson learned. I don’t regret buying this fabric because I will get a lot of use of this tee and so will my son. As I have mentioned, I’m not picky about what he wears so as long as he doesn’t care (for now), I will proudly put it on him. Have you noticed I really like stripes? I also am discovering that I really like rayon spandex as it feels so light and flowy on. I like the contrast of the black liverpool on my sleeves, though. What do you think?

I’m still learning the whole mom thing and making mistakes along the way. Sometimes I’m so focused on making him things and taking cute pictures that I lose track of what is really important, which is spending time with him. Today my husband took him to the park and I met up with them afterwards. Since my son has been a bit sick and cranky, I didn’t even bother changing his shorts so that he would match with his shirt. I know what you’re thinking….too much stripes going on. Yes, I know and I don’t love stripes that much, I promise. I just went with the moment and rather than stage photos of us together, I spent some time making him laugh and playing with him.

This is a very special blog for me. This blog tour is more than the matching patterns or fabrics. This is a reminder of how special motherhood is to me and how truly blessed I am to have this boy in my life. Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you for joining us in the Mommy and Me Sewing Mother’s Day Blog Tour. Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the blog tour:

  1. May 1st: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. May 2nd: Tenille’s Thread
  3. May 3rd: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 4th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  5. May 6th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  6. May 7th: Our Play Place
  7. May 8th: My Sewing Roots
  8. May 9th: Auschick Sews
  9. May 10th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  10. May 11th: My Crazy Beautiful Life
  11. May 12th: Sew Haute Blog

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