Anyone who sews for boy children knows that there is a serious dearth of cute clothing patterns for little men, and big men, too, actually. So I was thrilled to find the Blank Slate pattern company, which gives little boys their due attention in the cute clothing department, and I quickly purchased the Perfect Polo.
The pattern comes in a wide size range, so with the one download, I can make perfect polos for both my nearly 3 and nearly 8 year olds. The styling is modern and uses knits (for comfort!) and woven fabric as trim (for cuteness!). The directions are easy to understand and follow, and I whipped up this guy in about 3 hours, which included ripping out the collar and making a new one. Not bad!
I brought the little boy to the fabric store and he picked out the kelly green knit all by himself. Not my first choice, it worked well enough with the car print.
The collar piece is a collar stand and collar all in one. The original collar didn't fit properly and the shirt puckered when I sewed it on, so I cut out a longer one and that worked better.
I used a regular straight stitch for most of the trim pieces, flat-felled seams for the shoulder pieces, the serger for body construction and then switched to a double-needle for the hems. I think this photo of the inside captures them all :)
Back view. The little faux-epaulets are pretty cute, but you could easily adjust the pattern to omit them if you aren't feeling that look.
I have no idea why he's posing like this, below, but he certainly loves his new shirt. Which is a good thing because he may be living in these for a long time to come.