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Boys are sensitive.

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C’mon, you know they are.  I’d venture to say the ones who are most sensitive are the ones who show it the least.  As a society we equip our girls to deal with their sensitive sides, but less so, our boys.  I cannot comment on the best way to help our boys grow into men with a minimum of emotional bruising from the outside world, because I’m still navigating that task as a mother, myself.  However, boys are sensitive in other ways, too, and I *can* help with that!

Those of you who have been around here for a while know about Peter’s challenges as a young kid. I have a 12 year old who was diagnosed at a young age with sensory integration issues. After months of occupational therapy, and home treatments such as brushing his limbs before bedtime, and squeezing him tightly, placing weighted mats on his lap in school, requiring movement in the mornings, and having teachers assign him tasks which involved taking notes to the office in a box containing not only an attendance list, but a dictionary, too, to physically "ground" him; I thought his issues with clothing were exclusively a result of his special needs.

He’s grown out of his sensory difficulties for the most part.  He can be in the same room with a flushing toilet, or a blender, or a coffee maker without “hurting his ears.”  He still wears some of his store bought undershirts inside out, but I think that’s primarily intended to irritate ME in the mornings while we go through his a.m. checklist.  There’s so much about our lives that we have adapted to suit Peter, that I sometimes have a hard time remembering what it was like before I knew he needed the additional structure and special touches to make his day run smoothly.

So much of the pre-emptive work I do to comfort Peter before he exhibits discomfort has become second-nature that when Ella was born (almost 10 years later) I was still only buying or making the softest clothes and blankets.  Only singing and rocking and dressing her gently, as I did for Peter.  This became apparent after she was over a year old and was complaining about her store-bought clothes being “crunchy.”  I had made everything for her up until that point, and she had never experienced a serged seam with extra threads tickling her sides, nor a scratchy tag at her neck or waistband.  What could I do?  I simply didn’t have time to make every single stitch she’d wear.   Ella isn’t “extra-sensitive”, she doesn’t face sensory integration disorder, or any other special needs, but being comfortable in her clothes makes the rest of her day easier. It isn’t just my special needs child who acted out for seemingly "no reason" until we discovered what was making him physically uncomfortable or distracted. The potential for distracting discomfort is present in all children. It’s difficult to concentrate on a task or request when there’s a “something” bothering a child physically. This realization led to my finding a better way to construct clothing for extra-sensitive kids.

Later this week, I’ll be sharing a technique for sewing raglan t-shirts with the seams on the outside for a completely smooth interior. We’ll be offering a Raw-edged Raglan 3-ways pattern soon (oh look!  another preview!!) but in the meantime, I hope that understanding this technique will open up your imagination to finishing seams in more comfortable ways for any clothing you make for your children!

PBF As you may know, in addition to producing my custom clothing lines, I have recently joined forces with Shelly (creator of “Patterns by Figgy’s”) to develop clothing patterns. In all our patterns, we will be including illustrated steps for my "comfort finishes" for you to use in constructing our garments and hopefully apply to other patterns you already use and love!

Having met on Flickr, Shelly and I quickly realized how valuable we would be to one another; both in friendship and in business. We each have a strong passion for design and respect and empathy for the home seamster. Because of this, we have developed a generous “sharing” policy: “Patterns by Figgy’s” allows the home seamster to sew our patterns for personal use as well as for sale in online venues, farmers markets, craft fairs, etc. Having online shops ourselves, we know how hard it is to design your own outfits, draft the pattern, sew up multiple sizes and then pray you’ll make a little money for all the time invested. We want to save you some time and stress, and we LOVE to see the modifications and imagination our customers put into their interpretations of our designs.

…and just look how cute Nels is in his:

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We have just added our first pattern for boys, and as part of “Celebrate the Boy” month, we are giving away a copy of this pattern along with a raw-edged raglan tee from “One Boy Circus” to one lucky winner!

See Shelly’s blog for the pattern details, and come back later for my tutorial and enter on either (or both) blogs by posting a comment. We will draw a winner from the entries (up to two per person – one on each blog) on Monday, March 1.

But wait, There’s More! Everybody can win, because Patterns by Figgy’s is also having a Pre-Order sale for readers of Celebrate the Boy month!! If you order your pattern before March 12th you will receive 15% off when you mention Rae in your order. Please email Karen & Shelly at patternsbyfiggys@live.com

Don’t forget to check out the archives of Celebrate the Boy and follow along for the rest of the month.  I feel like all I want to blog about is how great their projects are (for both genders of child, to be honest!) and how honored I am to be a part of it all!

What Rae and Dana are doing is quite fabulous, and I’m sure it will become a trusted resource to boy-moms the world over!

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  • Kelly February 23, 2010, 2:10 am

    That Nels is a cutie! OK, so I did birth him. I’m a bit biased.

    I can attest this is literally his favorite shirt, ever. It is so amazingly soft and lovely – he gets comments whenever he wears it!

    I look forward to more awesomeness in patterns and tutorials from you talented ladies!

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  • Bekah Moser February 23, 2010, 7:09 am

    love that shirt!

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  • Jodi February 23, 2010, 7:24 am

    Yay!

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  • Cat February 23, 2010, 7:35 am

    So cute! Now I have new blogs to follow!

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  • Heather @ Brown Brick House February 23, 2010, 7:51 am

    I would love that pattern for my little man!

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  • Dayna February 23, 2010, 8:00 am

    These are so cute!

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  • Kelly O. February 23, 2010, 8:11 am

    these shirts are so “boy”!
    love them!

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  • Sally February 23, 2010, 8:13 am

    Yay! boy patterns! We need more of those in the world. Thanks.

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  • Nancy February 23, 2010, 8:17 am

    Yay!! A really cute boy pattern!

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  • Heather February 23, 2010, 8:17 am

    I would love to win! What cute clothes!?

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  • Marsel February 23, 2010, 8:19 am

    I would love to win this for my son!!!

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  • Monica February 23, 2010, 8:22 am

    I love these shirts! My older boy constantly complains about tags, so he loves the clothes I make for him. Boy patterns are hard to find, I would certainly love to win this one! :)

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  • Elizabeth February 23, 2010, 8:23 am

    Love seeing some new boy patterns through this Celebrate the Boy month! Thanks for an awesome giveaway prize!

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  • Anne-Marie February 23, 2010, 8:32 am

    So excited for more boy patterns to hit the market–thanks for offering the giveaway. I have a little guy who would look just dandy in your duds…thanks!!

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  • krissa February 23, 2010, 8:32 am

    Adorable! Love this pattern.

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  • Erin February 23, 2010, 8:34 am

    Wow! Thanks for the chance to win. I love that pattern.

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  • Lee Ann February 23, 2010, 8:43 am

    Very cute!!

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  • Becky February 23, 2010, 8:50 am

    I have a fellow boy with SPD and this is so great! I am excited to check out your shop!

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  • Sabra February 23, 2010, 8:58 am

    I love these shirts, and so would any of my three boys!

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  • Sarah February 23, 2010, 9:01 am

    Too Cute! Can’t wait to try them.

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  • Chrissy February 23, 2010, 9:02 am

    These are so cute! Finally something to make for my boy!

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  • Jenny February 23, 2010, 9:07 am

    Oh I would love to try this pattern… hope I win, but if not I think I’ll be purchasing it! Great for the spring/summer!

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  • Jerri February 23, 2010, 9:14 am

    I love the idea of such a comfortable pattern. Thanks for all the info!

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  • Lacey (Laptops to Lullabies) February 23, 2010, 9:16 am

    LOVE this! Would really enjoy sewing it for my baby-boy on the way.

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  • melissa February 23, 2010, 9:17 am

    I love the concept of these comfortable clothes. €hanks for making cute boy patterns! Hope I win!

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  • Lynne February 23, 2010, 9:17 am

    Wonderful pattern! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  • Andrea February 23, 2010, 9:24 am

    Darling! My super sensitive little guy would love this too… what a great giveaway!

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  • Renee February 23, 2010, 9:27 am

    What a great shirt! I would love to make it.

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  • felicia February 23, 2010, 9:33 am

    Yay! I am glad someone is finally making cool looking things boys!

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  • Paula L. February 23, 2010, 9:33 am

    Lovely, please count me in. Thanks!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  • courtney February 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    wow! your things are amazing! i’d love to try out your pattern for my sweet boy!

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  • Melissa H. February 23, 2010, 9:41 am

    Oooh, I hope I win! These are great!

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  • Emilie February 23, 2010, 9:41 am

    Oh I love it! And my son would too!

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  • Rebekah February 23, 2010, 9:44 am

    Love the pattern! Either of my little guys would look so stylin’. Thanks for the great give-away.

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  • Kellee February 23, 2010, 9:45 am

    Love the pattern and the shirt. Both wonderful!

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  • kendra February 23, 2010, 9:53 am

    lucky kids! thanks for the pattern giveaway!

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  • Shantel February 23, 2010, 9:57 am

    I love it!!
    shantel h jones at gmail dot com

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  • anja February 23, 2010, 9:59 am

    awesome pattern! love that it’s sized for big boys, too.

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  • Heather J. February 23, 2010, 10:01 am

    Great patterns! It’s hard to find a “cool” pattern for boys older than toddlerhood. Good work!

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  • Susanne R. February 23, 2010, 10:13 am

    Love these clothes! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  • Leah February 23, 2010, 10:14 am

    I love when I stumble on cute boy patterns. The boys are so neglected!! Yay for boy month!

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  • Lynn February 23, 2010, 10:14 am

    Great pattern! Hope I win!!

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  • Heather February 23, 2010, 10:19 am

    What a great pattern! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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  • jamie February 23, 2010, 10:21 am

    i love this pattern can’t wait to sew a set up!

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  • Kelli February 23, 2010, 10:25 am

    Love this pattern! I hope I win so my precious boy can be super-comfy too!

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  • Stephanie T. February 23, 2010, 10:28 am

    Would love a chance to win the pattern! I’ve got a boy on the way and need all the inspiration I can get after dressing a little girl for three years. :)

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  • Melissa February 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    With two little boys in my charge, those patterns would be fabulous!

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  • Terri February 23, 2010, 10:39 am

    Ok-I’m entering twice. My fingers and toes are crossed too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  • Sara February 23, 2010, 10:40 am

    I totally agree! Boys are super sensitive. I’m trying to figure out how to teach them to express their emotions in a positive way.

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  • Diana February 23, 2010, 10:41 am

    I love this pattern. There are so many combinations that would be fun to do with a raglan pattern.

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  • deidre February 23, 2010, 10:42 am

    Love this pattern… my three boys would LOVE these! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  • jeannine tripp February 23, 2010, 10:49 am

    Love the pattern! Would love to start making stuff for my boys.

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  • wyndy nichols February 23, 2010, 10:49 am

    I have been wanting to make boardshorts for my little one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Anna February 23, 2010, 10:50 am

    I love it!

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  • Karin February 23, 2010, 10:54 am

    Cool shirt. I had one just like it as a kid & wore it toshreds! Adult pattern, too? :)

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  • Meredith Malan February 23, 2010, 10:55 am

    I would get a lot of use out of that great pattern!

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  • saskia Stallings February 23, 2010, 10:57 am

    Just looking at your post down there, my one little boy is nearly a vege (dad gives him meat sometimes) and he loves green smoothies, Makes me so happy! i hope i win

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  • Kara February 23, 2010, 11:01 am

    Great pattern, and blog! This is a generous giveaway, Thank you!

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  • marisa February 23, 2010, 11:02 am

    i’m so excited! i would love one of these!

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  • Mary Williams February 23, 2010, 11:04 am

    I would love to win this!!!!

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  • Monica February 23, 2010, 11:06 am

    I love this pattern!

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  • Mauri February 23, 2010, 11:08 am

    I would love this pattern, and the t-shirt is super cute!

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  • Torri M February 23, 2010, 11:10 am

    These patterns are so cute! I would love to make these for my son!!

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  • Kristin February 23, 2010, 11:13 am

    Cute shirt and I love the patterns!

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  • Carolyn February 23, 2010, 11:17 am

    I would love to win this pattern. What a gerat offer! Thanks!

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  • Callie February 23, 2010, 11:18 am

    Would love this pattern for my sweet little fig!

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  • AfterGirl February 23, 2010, 11:21 am

    Really want this to sew for my new grandson!

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  • sarah February 23, 2010, 11:32 am

    LOVE THESE! It is so hard to find cute things to make for boys! Would love them!

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  • Cinnamon February 23, 2010, 11:42 am

    Love the shirt, love the pattern, and especially love your comments about how boys too are sensitive. Thanks for that reminder, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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  • Little Lizard February 23, 2010, 11:42 am

    gREAT GIVEAWAY!

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  • Kristy Hall February 23, 2010, 11:48 am

    These patterns are great. I have two boys and know they would look great in this. =)

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  • Mousy Brown February 23, 2010, 11:56 am

    I would love a chance to win – my two boys would love these!

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  • Heidi February 23, 2010, 12:01 pm

    This is a fantastic pattern. I would love to win!

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  • Gager February 23, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Such a cute pattern and so comfortable for active boys!

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  • Kirsten February 23, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I love the pattern and the shirt. What a great thing for my sweet boys!!

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  • Charlotte February 23, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Fabulous shirts! And a great pattern, too.

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  • Kelly M. February 23, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Too cute! I hope I win :)

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  • Gina February 23, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I’d love this for my little guy!!!

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  • Laura February 23, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Darling! Great giveaway! I have 4 boys :-)

    laura @ 6lalas.blogspot.com

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  • Angela February 23, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I love this pattern. I recently bought a serger, and I’m a little scared of it, but I think I could do this!

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  • Catherine February 23, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I would love this. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Catarina February 23, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I would love to win this pattern.

    It’s so rare to find boys pattern and I wouyld love to have so that I could make these clothes for my son in differente kind of fabrics.

    Thanks
    Catarina

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  • Heather D February 23, 2010, 12:32 pm

    What a great shirt! I loved reading about how you got started on MadebyRae.

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  • Amber February 23, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I would love this pattern. My 3 boys would love it just as much, I’m sure. Great blog!

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  • Jacinta February 23, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I love it & know my boys would too!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  • Teesh February 23, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Love the patterns they look so comfy.

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  • Dorothy February 23, 2010, 12:58 pm

    This pattern would be a perfect addition to my son’s spring/summer wardrobe! I’d love to win.

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  • mellissa February 23, 2010, 12:58 pm

    what an amazing giveaway! the pattern looks fantastic and so does the shirt. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  • jen h. February 23, 2010, 1:01 pm

    That shirt is super cute! My boy would love it!

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  • Tricia February 23, 2010, 1:05 pm

    It’s so hard to find really cute boy patterns! Especially for older boys. Thanks for making the larger sizes available!

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  • Angela February 23, 2010, 1:06 pm

    I love this shirt. Period.

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  • Kim Mullen February 23, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Karen, I am so glad to find your blog! I, too, have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome and Sensory Issues. My son is doing very well now at nearly 12 years old because of being identified early and has had many of the treatments you have mentioned through his school. I totally understand what you are talking about with the clothing. Anyway, I didn’t intend to take up much space, just wanted to share my excitement at finding another sewist/mom of a child with AS. I’m looking forward to trying your patterns, I also appreciate how large they go!

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  • Christine February 23, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Please!

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  • Delben February 23, 2010, 1:17 pm

    What a great pattern….. would love to win.

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  • Alaina February 23, 2010, 1:27 pm

    I love this pattern!!!

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  • angie February 23, 2010, 1:38 pm

    that is the best little shirt and i love the pattern too! thank you for this great giveaway!

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  • Lena February 23, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Very nice looking pattern!!

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  • grace February 23, 2010, 2:04 pm

    this looks a great pattern and i’d love to try my hand!

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  • mary anne February 23, 2010, 2:07 pm

    i would love to win. my 3 boys would look so cute in this pattern outfit!

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  • faith February 23, 2010, 2:11 pm

    i’ve got plenty of little guys that would look completely adorable in that shirt! love it.

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  • Jessica B February 23, 2010, 2:16 pm

    Thank you for a great giveaway!

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  • Lauren February 23, 2010, 2:33 pm

    love love this! So fun and cute!! =)

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  • Shanan February 23, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Boy patterns, thank goodness! I would love a chance at this.

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  • Whitney February 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I would love this for my son :)

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  • sherry February 23, 2010, 2:47 pm

    This is too fabulous – I am a big believer in comfortable clothes for every child. But I err on the side of t-shirts and sweatpants too often, I’m afraid. :)

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  • Vanessa February 23, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Love this pattern and T. Both of my boys would strut their stuff in this gear! Awesome.

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  • Vanessa February 23, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Love the patterns!

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  • Vanessa February 23, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Great pattern and sewing techniques! Thanks!

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  • Rita February 23, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I have two boys, so I would love to win the pattern!

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  • Trish February 23, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Well done girls. I’m interested how you make clothes more comfortable for children because it really does distract them when they are crunchy and scratchy. Keep up the good work.x

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  • Kimberly February 23, 2010, 3:23 pm

    This is a fabulous pattern! If I am not the lucky winner, I will be purchasing it for sure. Thanks for making such cute boy’s patterns!

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  • crissy February 23, 2010, 3:26 pm

    can’t wait to see who wins! what a great giveaway!

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  • nopinkhere February 23, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I’m sure my son would love this, especially as there’s a similar one that’s always waiting to be washed. I’m very interested in the seaming technique. I haven’t noticed my kids having problems with seams, but I have been known to grab the masking tape to cover over a tag that’s bugging my boy.

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  • Jillayne February 23, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Looks like it will be a great pattern!

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  • Rebecca February 23, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Wow…I love this! And I LOVE the philosophy behind your comfortable clothes! I have one of those sensitive little guys who needs every tag cut out and won’t wear certain clothes because they “drive him crazy”! Fingers crossed that I win–I REALLY need these patterns!

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  • Heidi February 23, 2010, 4:06 pm

    These board shorts are making me drool. I’m holding my breath that I win (so please rush!). Heidi

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  • Julie W. February 23, 2010, 4:09 pm

    Love the pattern!

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  • Brittany February 23, 2010, 4:14 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. It sounds like you’ve had an interesting experience with your kids, and that you’ve done a great job addressing their needs. I like how you address boys’ physical and emotional needs. I think we often expect boys to “tough it out” (and I don’t have girls yet, so I don’t know yet if that’s a gender-specific tendency for me) but I can see how making them physically comfortable can make an impact. I’m excited to see your comfy sewing techniques.

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  • Erin February 23, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I have a vintage ET raglan shirt that my son looks so cute in, I would love to be able to make him more, this looks SO comfy!

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  • shannon February 23, 2010, 4:24 pm

    Can’t wait to try it out, I’m crossing my fingers!

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  • jackie February 23, 2010, 4:26 pm

    i would love to win. thank you for the giveaway. i can’t wait to see what other great patterns you have coming!

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  • Elizabeth February 23, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Yay for boys!

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  • Casey February 23, 2010, 4:29 pm

    thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway!

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  • Christina February 23, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Oh, I love both the pattern and the t-shirt! My two-year-old would go wild about the car shirt since he is all about modes of transportation of all kinds right now.

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  • Diana February 23, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I love this shirt and am interested in all of the comfort construction. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful pattern.

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  • Katie February 23, 2010, 4:45 pm

    So awesome! Love “boy stuff” giveaways!

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  • chandra February 23, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Is that the echino fabric I’ve been oogling over?! I’d love to win a shirt!

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  • Collette February 23, 2010, 5:05 pm

    I love this pattern and thanks for the discount. I’m really loving this celebrate the boy month. It’s so hard to find cute boy stuff.

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  • marymary February 23, 2010, 5:13 pm

    Pick me! I even have fabric in my stash I bought specifically for board shorts, once I drafted a pattern. But I wouldn’t mind being saved the work!

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  • Megan February 23, 2010, 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway – what a great pattern!

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  • Lia February 23, 2010, 5:32 pm

    Oooohhhh…. I would love to win that pattern! I have two little boys who would so rock that hoodie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • leslie adams February 23, 2010, 5:34 pm

    Please pick me!

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  • Donna February 23, 2010, 5:35 pm

    LOVE the new pattern!!! I can’t wait to make them for my little guy.

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  • CJ February 23, 2010, 5:44 pm

    I really need to learn to sew now.

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  • Shannon F. February 23, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Congratulations on making a pattern for boys that’s hip and wearable!

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  • Buffy Scott February 23, 2010, 6:06 pm

    Ooh, pick me please? Love the pattern.

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  • Kati February 23, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Please put my name in the hat! Those shirts are so cute!

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  • Melissa February 23, 2010, 6:21 pm

    Oooh LOVE the pattern! I’m currently expecting a boy, after having three girls, and in all honestly part of my initial reaction was that I wouldn’t be able to sew “cool” stuff, with the dirth of boy patterns, generally. GEMS such as your pattern give me hope!!!

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  • Kristy February 23, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Thanks for the fun! Also, BIG THANKS for recognizing home seamsters and sharing your designs in a way that allows us to sell items made from your patterns….very cool! :)

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  • Clare February 23, 2010, 6:27 pm

    boy patterns – hurrah!!! the t-shirts are soooooooooooooooo cute too. Looking forward to making more boy clothes :-)

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  • rach February 23, 2010, 6:37 pm

    how awesome! my boys are looking forward to a few new cool outfits!

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  • Kristina Thomas February 23, 2010, 6:38 pm

    I love these patterns! I can preorder the pullover & shorts pattern, but will the tee pattern be available as well?
    :-) Hopefully, I’ll win one instead and not have to worry about it! :-) Can’t wait for future patterns!

    Kristina

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  • Ceri February 23, 2010, 6:44 pm

    I love it!

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  • Melanie February 23, 2010, 6:56 pm

    Hey Karen,
    So excited for you both! We’d be lucky to win. =)

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  • Emily February 23, 2010, 7:01 pm

    I love the tee and the board shorts and hoodie are great! I’d love to try my hand at making them for my cutie pie!

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  • yehoudith February 23, 2010, 7:13 pm

    boys… not easy sewing.
    i have one 3 years old boy and one 7 months old girl.
    i never sew anything to him. she already got two dresses.
    please pic me!

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  • DebbieKL February 23, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I’m loving finding all these new boys patterns! Seems like there’s way more girls stuff out there. Thanks for the chance! crafts[at]oursideofthemountain[dot]com

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  • Megan February 23, 2010, 7:31 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway! And for the patterns, I’m excited for the tee tutorial and for giving the hoodie/shorts pattern a whirl.

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  • Mle BB February 23, 2010, 7:50 pm

    boy stuff is always hard to find thanks for the giveaway!

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  • tina February 23, 2010, 7:56 pm

    hooray for boys! love this pattern.

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  • Heidi February 23, 2010, 8:05 pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  • Chasley February 23, 2010, 8:29 pm

    Super cute shirt. Love your patterns.

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  • rachelanna February 23, 2010, 8:31 pm

    found you at rae… love the patterns!

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  • Elizabeth February 23, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Love the pattern.

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  • Erin February 23, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Wow, really interesting post. Honestly hadn’t thought much about it before Thanks for the insight, and the giveaway!

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  • JJ February 23, 2010, 8:43 pm

    Can’t wait to see this pattern and pockets, oh my! They will be my first try…

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  • Maleah February 23, 2010, 8:59 pm

    What a fantastic pattern!

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  • Rose February 23, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Love the boys’ pattern, found you at Rae’s. My (almost 29 yr. old) son, is probably the MOST sensitive of my 3 children. He seems to feel more deeply for the underdog than my daughters and even though he probably wouldn’t tell you, you could hurt his feelings (unintentionally of course) and you would never know it. Boys need as much, if not more TLC than girls, because they’re supposed to be the “tough” ones, but they’re no different than girls.
    Rose M.

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  • Kjirsten February 23, 2010, 9:03 pm

    How fun!! What a great pattern and giveaway!!

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  • Hannah February 23, 2010, 9:26 pm

    What a clever solution to itchy seams! I think it’s a great idea, and I love the deconstructed look!

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  • StephanieS February 23, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Thanks for taking part in boys month. I only have a boy so I have really been enjoying it!

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  • Margaret February 23, 2010, 9:48 pm

    We were visiting family in Florida last week, and my mother-in-law got an adorable sun-block shirt for my baby boy to wear to protect him from the FL sun — and the poor kid didn’t last in that shirt more than 15 minutes! I don’t know what about the shirt irritated him, but WOW! All of a sudden, this issue is important to me — how wonderful to find your patterns just now!

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  • Marla February 23, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Oh, I love a good boy’s pattern! I love the deconstructed look….

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  • Lavina Dee February 23, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I’m over from Made by Rae. I look forward to spending sometime here. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  • Hayley February 23, 2010, 10:23 pm

    Cute, cute! Would love the pattern! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  • Megan February 23, 2010, 10:27 pm

    I still “brush” my son a few times a month. I can relate–thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  • erin February 23, 2010, 10:40 pm

    I am loving this hoodie!

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  • Beth February 23, 2010, 10:45 pm

    so true. I just love the pattern, and this is shirt is so cute!!

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  • Natalie February 23, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Oh I love your patterns! Those board shorts would be a big hit here!

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  • Amy Stickle February 23, 2010, 11:03 pm

    THese are too cute. I would love to win the pattern!!

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  • Kristen Peters February 23, 2010, 11:21 pm

    So excited about this pattern! A friend told me about it after I complained that there wasn’t anything cute for boys. Would be perfect for Autumn in New Zealand!

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  • Caitlin Baker February 23, 2010, 11:22 pm

    I want this pattern!

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  • Nicole February 23, 2010, 11:42 pm

    I’m always soooo happy to see patterns for boys!

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  • Melissa February 23, 2010, 11:59 pm

    I would be so lucky to win for my little boy…and possibly another on the way!

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  • Megan February 24, 2010, 1:08 am

    I’m totally making the hoodie for my son! I hope I win the pattern.

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  • Tas February 24, 2010, 1:48 am

    Oh, what a fantastic giveaway. I’d love to win that pattern!

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  • tscd February 24, 2010, 2:36 am

    Wow, that is so cool! I would love to win a boy pattern. pick mepickme!

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  • Millie February 24, 2010, 2:45 am

    Hi Karen, I’m delighted to have found you on Celebrate the Boy. I know of you through Astrid’s blog and many of your creations have inspired me over the last year, since I began sewing.
    Millie (aka Bred2make)

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  • Kylie February 24, 2010, 2:57 am

    What cute shirts and a great pattern – would love the chance to win – thanks Kylie

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  • Imaan February 24, 2010, 3:11 am

    I’d love to win this, having some difficulty finding boy patterns for my little 8 month old! Congratulations on the pattern!

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  • rhoda February 24, 2010, 4:31 am

    Love the pattern!

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  • Etta February 24, 2010, 6:24 am

    It is so nice to find patterns that are “kid friendly” (I have two children who are sensitive about clothes) and for BOYS!

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  • annie February 24, 2010, 8:51 am

    This is wonderful! Thank you!

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  • Nicole February 24, 2010, 9:08 am

    Fantastic pattern! I would love to make a few for my little man! Thanks for letting us play along :)

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  • Pattij February 24, 2010, 9:44 am

    I LOVE this pattern! So nice to be able to make something for the little boys in your life!

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  • Sheryl R February 24, 2010, 9:49 am

    I found your blog through Made By Rae. What a wonderful pattern and shirt! I would love to win! Thanks for the generous offer. I will be checking out the rest of your blog, too!

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  • Chiska February 24, 2010, 11:06 am

    Thanks for the chance!

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  • Sophia C February 24, 2010, 11:22 am

    I love boy patterns and my little boy would love this. My fingers are crossed

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  • Ashley C February 24, 2010, 12:04 pm

    These shirts look just perfect for my little active boy. They are adorable. I would love to try out the pattern.

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  • Lynn February 24, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I love the shirts. so cute and stylish. would be great for my little boy. thanks!

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  • Carrie February 24, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Adorable! You are so talented! I would love the pattern, perfect for SoCal living!

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  • Alison February 24, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Looks like an awesome pattern. I’d love to win it!

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  • Catherine February 24, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Darling! Thanks!

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  • Tina C. February 24, 2010, 1:40 pm

    great idea!!! will make in every size you’ve got!

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  • Aimee February 24, 2010, 1:58 pm

    So cute! My little boy will be well dressed in these!

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  • Pati :) February 24, 2010, 3:08 pm

    Love it and my son needs it!

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  • Shasta February 24, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I’m so excited about this first pattern!

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  • erin February 24, 2010, 6:24 pm

    Great pattern! Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next. Thanks for a chance to win this awesome giveaway!

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  • Mary on Lake Pulaski February 24, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Boy patterns – yay!!

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  • Christy Davis February 24, 2010, 8:36 pm

    My son is always wanting he tags cut out. So great to have found you!

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  • Beth Lodmell February 24, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Awesome pattern! I love it!

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  • Cyndi February 24, 2010, 10:29 pm

    Thanks for this chance! This pattern would definitely get a lot of use in this house!

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  • Arizona February 24, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I’d love to win your pattern! It’s very generous of you to allow home sewers to make clothing from your patterns and sell them without a license. Seriously. Speaking of sewing children’s clothing for sale…I wonder what’s the latest with the CPSIA? I haven’t kept up. It’s something to google…. :)

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  • Arizona February 24, 2010, 10:38 pm

    I just looked at your tutorial page and love it! I’m adding you to my reader.

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  • megan February 25, 2010, 12:47 am

    I love this pattern and have a LOT of nephews!

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  • Erica Ferguson February 25, 2010, 8:30 am

    #1 Awesome patterns. #2 Thanks for understanding that kids hate seams and tags. I have a 3 year old that can play in mud and dirt all day but will only wear his clothes inside out. :-) #3 Thank you for doing awesome boy patterns and going past the size of 3T.

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  • Shelly February 25, 2010, 10:32 am

    Wonderful, wonderful designs! I would love to win!

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  • Kat February 25, 2010, 11:17 am

    I love it! I’d like to try it for my boy! Thank you for this giveaway!

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  • Diane February 25, 2010, 11:47 am

    I’d love this for one of my boys. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Melanee February 25, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Oh, boy something for my 2 boys!

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  • Jenn February 25, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Oh my! that is so wondefully cute. I’m always looking for new patterns to outfit my sweet boy. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  • Erin February 25, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I really like that car baseball-style shirt. It’s inspiring to see home-made boys clothes!

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  • KatieV February 25, 2010, 5:54 pm

    I would love to win! I feel like I never sew anything for our 2 boys.

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  • Kelly February 25, 2010, 7:22 pm

    Wow. I would love it!

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  • Oi-Ling Tham February 26, 2010, 12:13 am

    Have never won any giveaways. Hope to be lucky this time.
    Thank you.

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  • April February 26, 2010, 9:19 am

    What a great pattern! Would look great on my lil’ men!

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  • Ann Mackowski February 26, 2010, 9:33 am

    Oh my goodness, I would love this pattern! I have 2 SID girls and wouldn’t be shocked if little brother follows that path too

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  • Tina @ Squirrel Acorns February 26, 2010, 9:54 am

    I love the new pattern! It’s so hard to find nice patterns for older boys. Everything seems to be geared towards babies and toddlers. Like, once your child hits 5, they are no longer willing to wear clothes that you make them. My boys still love to wear the clothes that I make them, so I will definitely be trying these. Love the hoodie! Your comments about comfortable clothing made me think too. My older son doesn’t have any sensory issues, but he has always been more sensitive to clothes “bothering” him. It usually just frustrates me that I’ve bought him something that he won’t wear, but maybe I need to be more aware. I can’t wait to see the raglan tutorial later this week!

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  • EHC February 26, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I am a school-based OT, and I’ve just about started sewing clothes for some of the kiddos I serve because I can’t stand to see them so uncomfortable in some of their store-bought clothing. I could completely relate when I read the intro to this post.

    Loving the name of your clothing line!

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  • kelli February 26, 2010, 6:20 pm

    Nice! It’s great to see a pattern that both girls and boys will wear! And my kids hate tags — I’m sure they’d be overjoyed to have no seams.

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  • lisarenata February 26, 2010, 7:24 pm

    I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win…

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  • Diana February 26, 2010, 7:29 pm

    Love, Love, love this! Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  • Shelster February 26, 2010, 8:06 pm

    I love your pattern. PICK ME PICK ME! 266/223

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  • Karin February 27, 2010, 11:23 am

    I am looking forward to your tutorial and pattern! I have two little boys and both are very easily distracted by tags and rough seams. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  • julochka March 3, 2010, 1:04 pm

    what a cool thing to do–it’s like open source sewing!! awesomeness! you guys rock! (and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting so that i found you). :-)

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