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Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Trail Blazer Tank & Campside Cargo Shorts

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I recently joined The Sewing Blue Blog tours, which focuses on sewing for boys. Every month there will be a theme so stay tuned for next month’s project. Made for Little Gents has done a fantastic job in putting this tour together so don’t forget to check out her post as well as the other talented sewists on this tour.

For this blog tour we’re focusing on “boys in summer” so I’m going to share a couple of patterns I recently tested and are perfect for this unpredictable California weather. It is starting to feel like summer so these shorts and tank are perfect for playing in the sun. Even though I’m proud of my creations, sometimes I worry that people will judge or criticize my creations. I wonder if they’re good enough to be worn or if people can spot mistakes I’ve made. In spite of those insecurities, I continue to make things for my boy with the encouragement of my husband, family and amazing friends.

From what I’ve read, teenagers aren’t too fond of home made clothes so good thing I have a few years to go before my son goes through that stage (sigh). Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite boy pattern. Here are my current favorites!

Campside Cargo Shorts Pattern:

The (affiliate link) shorts are meant to be cargo shorts but as you can see from the photos, I didn’t add the cargo pockets because I ran out of time. I’ve never made shorts with these many details but I am pleased with the outcome. The pattern includes:

  • 2 inseam pockets
  • 2 cargo pockets
  • 2 back welt pockets
  • faux fly
  • 2 waistband options (flat front & enclosed knit)
  • size 2 – 12

The cargo shorts are not difficult, but they do require a lot of details. I think my favorite part of the pattern is the pocket lining of the back welt and inseam pockets, which has a fox quilting cotton I purchased from Joann’s.

Here are a few things I learned from this pattern:

  • sewing pockets to shorts
  • faux fly (make sure to press your fly and top stitch)
  • flat front waist band (elastic band in the back – front waistband is flat)
  • yoke pattern piece (I had to google “what is a yoke”)

As the pattern instructions suggest, make sure to finish the seams by using a zig zag stitch or serger. I’ve been using my serger more (yay), but still rely on my machine. When finishing the seams I remove the knife feature, meaning that I don’t trim the seam allowance and I use a thread thread narrow. I’m not sure that is the correct way, though. Do you have any suggestions for the Brother 1034D ?

The main fabric I used for the shorts is a type of cotton I purchased locally at a place called Yardage Town. The only description given is that it is 100% cotton. My husband says it feels like the baseball pants uniform as it is on the thinner side but somewhat “slippery”. This fabric was a great choice as it was easy to sew and it is lightweight yet sturdy for cargo shorts. I’m still getting familiar with the types of fabrics and fiber contents so it’s a trial and error.

Trail Blazer Hoodie:

Have you noticed how much I love foxes? You can see another fox theme outfit i made for my boy here. Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the (affiliate link) Trail Blazer Hoodie

Here is the pattern description:

  • hoodie (lined)
  • hidden kangaroo pockets
  • unisex tank
  • dress option for girls
  • sizes 2-12

If you’re looking for a quick project, this tank is a great choice. I love the hood and kangaroo pockets. You can also play around with different fabric colors and prints to make the tank unique. I was able to use a few scraps of Cotton Lycra for these tanks so no fabric goes to waste. I made a size 2 for my boy and it fits perfectly.

The only problem I had was when attaching the hood. On the first one I made (Pokemon), I didn’t follow the instructions to baste the corners of the hoodie so when I was attaching it to the tank, it shifted a little and there is a bit of a gap. To solve that minor issue, I top stitched the corners of the hood to the neck opening to secure it. On the second tank, I basted the tips of the hood as indicated then attached it to the neck opening and voila, it was perfect. The tricky part of this simple project are the arm bands. They’re small pieces and if you’re not careful, you can miss one of the layers so be sure to pin or clip and take your time!

Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Part of the Sewing Blue Blog Tour series hosted by Made for Little Gents

Looking for more summer boy inspiration? Follow along on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents by clicking through the links below.

Fri. May 4
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Boys in Summer Blog Tour)
Mon. May 7
Elli & Nels in Stitches
Tues. May 8
Our Play Palace | Made by Laura! | Beri Bee Designs
Wed. May 9
Made for Little Gents | Momma Newey’s Makes
Thurs. May 10
Phat Quarters | Dreams & Stitches
Fri. May 11
Stylin’ Stacy | Tenille’s Thread
Mon. May 14
Paisley Roots | Fabulous Home Sewn
Tues. May 15
Seams Like Style | Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Wed. May 16
Sewing with D | Auschick Sews | Seams Sew Lo
Thurs. May 17
My Sewing Roots | Sewing à la Carte | Middle River Studio
Fri. May 18
Lunatiek | Needles to Say | Manning The Machine


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