Thursday, May 31, 2018

What to sew for Boys - the Sofilantjes Cessim Shirt

I am so excited to share with you the newest pattern being released by Sofilantjes! The Cessim Shirt pattern has the most fun color blocking possibilities and works great for boys and girls. I made view D, which allows for three different fabrics to be used in one shirt. There are no side seams to this shirt. Rather, the pattern wraps around the body and has a horizontal seam in the middle of the shirt that swoops around to the back. You can have a vertical seam down the front and back or only on the front or back. SO clever! There are also options for no horizontal seams if you do not want to colorblock the shirt. Also, the neckline has a round or V neck option. I chose a V-neck and love how it looks with the colorblocking. The pattern comes in sizes 12M to 14 years. I made a Size 4.

Fabric Choice: The Cessim shirt pattern calls for medium weight stretch knit fabric. The shirt has a comfortable fit so you can use cotton lycra or French terry for the body of the shirt. The neckband is designed for rib knit fabric. I used Made Whimsy Solid black for the side accent on this top. It is a medium weight solid. The black and white stripes are Riley Blake half inch knit stripes that can be found here. The Minions and Star Wars print came from Fabric Stache in 2017. You can stalk their Facebook group here to get their current preorders. I used black ribbing from Simplifi Fabric for the neckband. 

My little guy, Aaron, just turned 4 and has been asking for a new shirt made by me. He has so many shirts in his drawer, but he had his eye on a specific fabric he found in my sewing room!! The Cessim shirt pattern was just perfect for it, and I cannot tell you how much I loved his squeal when he saw the finished product. I made the mistake of showing it to him before I had hemmed it, and he was very sad when he had to give it back for me to hem and press it. 

Boys can be the silliest, and Aaron had so much fun showing me all his fun moves at his photo shoot. I just love how excited he was to get pictures in his new shirt. 

I made a shirt in pre-testing for Luke, my almost 6 year old. The fit of the shirt has changed since this photo, but it will give you a great idea of another colorblocking option. This is View C with the half sleeve. The half sleeve allows colorblocking on the sleeve.  This option uses just two fabrics on the body. It has the horizontal seam across the body and only one vertical seam in the front. There is no vertical seam on the sides or back. It was rather quick to put together! The sleeves were slimmed and the V-neck lowered for the full testing version. Luke still really loves his shirt!

You can grab a copy of the Cessim shirt pattern in English here. It is on sale now through Sunday at 4:55 p.m. CST (23:55 CET). The pattern is also available in French and Dutch.

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