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Boys Can Wear Pink :: Season 2

sewing, Patterns for PiratesKaty McKinleyComment

Boys Can Wear Pink is back for a second season.  And I am so fricken excited.  For a couple of reasons.  First of all, BCWP was my first ever blog tour I was a part of.  I had no clue what I was doing and I ran with some BIG DOGS.  No joke.  Those women are ten shades of awesome.

The beauty of it all is that I'm now good e-friends with a ton of those women.  So maybe I can credit this tour for this wild year of blogging and sewing I've had.  So thank you BCWP!

The second reason I love this tour is because it's one of my favorite things to talk about.  Gender stereotypes.  Gender equality.  Gender roles.  And why all of these things are so important when raising a child in our day and age.

I'll try and not soap box it too much.  Because I could go on forever.  But I will say this:

Colors.  Jobs.  Interests.  TV shows.  Toys.  Hobbies.  Household chores.  And EVERYTHING ELSE UNDER THE SUN is not determined by our gender (or the gender we identify ourselves with).  Nothing in this world is truly a "boy thing" or a "girl thing".  They are simply things for people who happen to like that thing.  

Pink is a color.  And for some reason people let it become this gender bending idea.

To be honest, it's not a color we see often in our house because I typically avoid pink (red hair and pale skin...it's not my thing).  Louis is a DIE HARD fan of the color blue, and Bennett is such an earth tone kinda guy.  But that doesn't mean we see pink as anything besides a color.  Not a girl color.  But a gosh darned color.

And Louis happens to look ADORABLE in this color.  I mean, you guys.  HEART EYES ALL OVER THE PLACE!!  GAH!

I went fabric shopping, not quite knowing the direction I was going to take his outfit.  I just wanted to find a fun print that had pink.  That I did!  The moment I saw these flamingos, they called out to me.  I had to make Louis a shirt from them.

Lou's entire outfit is made from Patterns for Pirates patterns.  Shocking, right?  

His top is the Lumberjack Shirt, which you've seen a bunch of times already from me.  If it tickles your fancy, you can find the others HEREHERE, HERE and HERE.  I know that people tend to shy away from wovens and button-downs but I love them.  I really do.

I adore the details.  And there is truly nothing more satisfactory to me than finishing one of these shirts.  I basically try and show it off to anyone who is near me.  Wish I were joking.

Doesn't he look incredibly dapper?  Oh that boy.

The other piece of the puzzle was made up of the Cpt. Comfort Jeans.  I could pretty much make this pattern with my eyes closed.  They come together super quick and are a great fit on the kiddo.

I made sure to add a few extra inches to the bottom because he won't stop growing and I'm tired of buying new pants every other month.  So hopefully these will hold him over for a little while.

It's always been obvious that Louis is a very well accessorized boy. He loves having functional pockets to stuff full of his little collectible trinkets.  And I love that I catch him all the time with his hands in his pockets like this.  It's darling.

I wanted to make sure some pink made it's way onto the jeans as well, so I added a fun little peekaboo element with the pink waistband.

If you ask Louis, he'd tell you he's pretty happy with his new duds.  In fact, he asked if he could stay in this outfit for the rest of the day, rather than change back into the clothes he'd had on before that.  I wish you could have seen his peacock strut while we were out that evening.  Lou was excited to show all of the guys we were having dinner with his new shirt.

Pink is very much accepted in our family.  And it should be in yours too.
Just saying.

And let me tell you something incredibly exciting!  I wrote a pattern for the bowtie that Louis is sporting in this picture and it's living over at Patterns for Pirates as a free download!  EEP!  I feel so official.

Go find the freebie pattern HERE!!

Like a good infomercial....BUT WAIT, there's more!

Be sure to stop by and check out the rest of the AMAZING talent involved in the Boys Can Wear Pink: Season 2 Blog Tour.  You won't regret it.

AND, there is a fantastic giveaway happening as well!!  I'm happy to be one of the sponsors on this tour.  Have I told you that this is one of my favorites?!

1 pattern of choice from Momma Quail Patterns
2 patterns of choice (excluding bundles) from Patterns for Pirates
3 digital designs of choice from Handmade Escapade
3 patterns of choice from Winter Wear Designs
Bartowski Slim Tie Pattern from Paraplu
$10 gift certificate from Mabel Madison

And in case you wanted more details on Louis' pink-ified outfit....
Pants: Cpt. Comfort Jeans in a stretch denim.
Top: Lumberjack Shirt in Pink Flamingo fabric from Joann Fabrics.
Bowtie: Free Pattern on the P4P blog.