Welcome back to the FIFTH season of my favorite blog tour! It’s so crazy that I’ve been able to participate every year so far, and I think each year becomes my new favorite for outfits for Louis.
Before we get too invested in this year’s chat, let’s take a look back at the first four seasons.
Having conversations about gender roles, gender stereotyping, and all things gender are such a big passion of mine. I wish it were a non-issue and didn’t have to be…but it is. So here we are. It brings me such hope for that things will be better for Louis’ generation, but great sadness that we still have such strong bias against people who just want to live their lives…free from judgement and hatred.
You might think it feels silly to be talking about smashing gender stereotypes over a color of clothing in a sewing blog tour. But even this silly blog tour has brought out some nasty comments from horrible people, safely living behind their keyboards and computer screens. Therefore here we are.
Promoting positive things through positive images. Of one ridiculously smart, amazing, kind, well rounded, hysterical, unique little human person.
This year, we found this fun pink/blue/white/purple striped fabric at JoAnn Fabrics while out shopping. I love the kinda retro vibe that comes from it. And that it’s vertical stripes, as opposed to the horizontal stripe that I’m usually drawn to. Unfortunately, this is one of JAF’s “Doodles” line of fabrics….so it’s not the highest quality fabric content and can be a beast to work with because it shrinks so. stinking. much. when you wash it. But their prints are cute and the pricepoint is usually on the money, so I get sucked into buying it
As per my usual antics, I created an entire look with Patterns for Pirates patterns. For the top, I took the Yo Ho Henley hooded version, and gave it a little bit of a shakeup with the add-on sleeve that we created during the Henley sew-a-long.
Basically I wanted the stripes to go every direction possible. I think I achieved that.
The bottoms were created with the tried + true Baby Bear Joggers pattern. To think a couple years ago I would have told you I didn’t like joggers! FOR SHAME! I am still not really a huge fan of athleisure outfits, but I think joggers have enough of a tailored look to them that they come across as pants, and not as sweatpants. To me, that’s a huge thing if you’re going out in public. (I know lots of people don’t care…but I like being dressed when out in the world and sweatpants do not cut it for me.)
These joggers are made from the refined ponte that JoAnn Fabrics has been carrying lately. Usually the price is WAY TOO HIGH for me. But since the Baby Bear Joggers only take a yard for Louis’ size and I had a 60% off coupon, I decided to go for it. The fabric is a dream. It’s soft with a decent drape, and yet it’s on the thicker side. Perfect for structured items like pants, peplums, sweatshirt or jacket, etc.
The front of his shirt was literally begging for a design to be added to it. Going with the theme of this tour, and to help combat some of the political and social events that have been happening lately with a little bit of sunshine…we went with this design.
Always be your (honest, kind, unique) self.
Something tells me that I won’t have to worry about this kiddo being anything but his incredible self.
The Boys Can Wear Pink blog tour is slightly truncated compared to previous years, but there’s still a lot of good stuff to check out this week! Keep in mind, the links won’t be live until their actual dates. But make sure you come back to see them all!