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The Pattern Anthology - Alphabet Collection

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Just in time for your back-to-school sewing, the Alphabet Collection has recently been released!  I'm so excited to show you what I was able to make with these super stylish patterns designed by the ladies from the Pattern Anthology.  All four patterns are unisex, so there are a ton of possibilities to make each piece just right for any child.  It was definitely time to make something for my boy, and was he ever thrilled to get an entire outfit just for him!  We both LOVE how it turned out!




If you are wanting to compare sizes, my boy is 5 years old with a 21" chest, 19" waist, and 22" hip (quite a bit thinner and a little taller than average).

Study Hall Jacketa raglan sleeved jacket that has 3 neckline options (ribbed, ruffled or hooded) and three pocket options (zippered, welts, or ruffled)

I chose to make Tobias' jacket with the ribbed neckline and waistband option, with welt front pockets, and one zippered sleeve pocket, in a size 4T.  While there are some intermediate skill level steps, when you follow Andrea's instructions and digital diagrams carefully, the result is a very stylish garment that looks like it's straight out of a boutique.  The high quality denim from Michael Levine is going to give this jacket a ton of wear, too.  You can only imagine how much Tobias loves this jacket, especially with the lining and all the fun pockets!  

Fabric & Notions: Dark Navy Denim (outer) and Little Elephants by Michael Miller (lining) from  Michael Levine, lowpricefabric.com, Zipper & Thread from Coats & Clark




Recess Raglan Teean indispensable raglan t-shirt with 3 sleeve lengths and 3 sleeve finishes.

There are so many cool ways to personalize this t-shirt, but I chose to keep mine simple with 3/4 length contrasting sleeves.  The front pocket was an added feature requested by my boy.  This shirt came together so quickly, and fit so perfectly, that I know I will be making many more for both my children (following Kate's size chart, I made a size 3T width and 4T length).  When Tobias put it on, he didn't want to take off, and kept commenting how comfortable was.  This is clearly due to its amazing design, and the awesome fabric!

Fabric & Notions: Texture Charcoal Heather Gray Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric, Charcoal and White Mini Stripe Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric from  Girl CharleeThread from Coats & Clark




BBC Vest - a shawl-collared vest that has a rounded or peplum bottom, and options for either a full or racer back style.

Next up is the BBC vest.  I love how quickly this was to sew and the many possibilities of mixing up fabrics between the lining, pockets, facings, and outer vest.  I decided to go with the same denim as the Study Hall Jacket to keep the outfit cohesive and love the result.  The size 4 fit my boy just right.  And the peplum version is super cute, too, so I'm sure I'll have to make one of those for my girl as well!

Fabric & Notions- Dark Navy Denim (outer) from Michael Levine, lowpricefabric.comThread from Coats & Clark







W Pantsinverted yoked pants that come in 3 lengths and have many pocket options as well as either an elastic waist or a functioning zip fly.

And last, but certainly not least, is the W Pants (shorts length).  These turned out great!  For my slim boy, I went with a size 4T width, with a size 5 length and they couldn't fit better.  I chose not to sew the zip fly, because my boy prefers them that way, however, having learned how to sew one with Melissa's instructions in the past, I can highly recommend her expert guidance.  Instead of the zip back pockets, I chose to change it up a bit by adding patch pockets that match the unique line of the back yoke.  And isn't this shade of yellow awesome!?  I've always wanted to make Tobias something in this colour (yellow has been my fave shade this summer), and I couldn't be happier with how it compliments the rest of the outfit.

Fabric & Notions - 100% Organic Cotton Yellow Twill from Organic Cotton PlusThread from Coats & Clark







So, there you have it!  Four fantastic patterns all in one collection for boys AND girls.  What more could you ask for, right?!  Keep following the tour to see even more possibilities (and catch up on any you've missed!).

The Alphabet Collection is only available through August 12th.

The patterns, fabric, and notions used to make the garments for this collection were provided free of charge.  All links to the Pattern Anthology are affiliate links. Alphabet Collection Blog Tour Join us along the Alphabet Collection blog tour to see just how versatile these patterns are. Bloggers will be sewing up all 4 pieces from the collection at girl. Inspired., Shwin & Shwin, Sew a Straight Line, elsie marley, Melly Sews, Happy Together, see kate sew, Elegance & Elephants, I Still Love You, kojo designs, Petit a Petit and Family, The Train to Crazy, Delia Creates and Craftiness is Not Optional
37 comments on "The Pattern Anthology - Alphabet Collection"
  1. i love the the outfit!!! everything looks so professionally made.

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  2. Oh my gosh, you did a beautiful job! The pieces are all beautiful!

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  3. Oh, my goodness. Where's little Tobias? He's looking so grown up now. His outfit is awesome, Heidi!

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! I know...he's growing way too fast! But you know how it goes...he'll always be my baby! :)

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  4. You've got one stylish boy....that's for sure! Loving that color scheme....and that raglan: I wouldn't want to take it off either :).

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    1. Thanks!! The colour palette changed several times, but I'm happy with how it ended up! The Raglan pattern is perfect. It will be our staple t-shirt pattern this fall, for sure!

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  5. I really really like this, Heidi! It's stylish and practical -- Tobias will get lots of wear out of it! He is so precious. That hair! Gorgeous!

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  6. Ack! He's the coolest. And as always your sewing and photography are flawless.

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  7. holy moly Heidi! this might be the cutest version of these patterns I've seen yet!

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  8. Your collection is totally fabulous. I love those patch pockets! And the shorts really do fit him perfectly. I feel like some of the other pants have looked a little oversized, but these are just right.

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  9. Love your version, Heidi! Great job!

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  10. Have you ever watched Entourage? I swear Tobias looks like a mini Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) in these photos. Fabulous job!

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    1. HA! I hadn't heard of Vincent Chase, so I looked him up...yep, I can see a resemblance! :)

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  11. Oh Heidi, you are just too cool. And I agree with Melissa above, he really does look like him!

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  12. He's such a cutie! I love the yellow denim...no doubt he's the best dressed in class!!

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  13. Fantastic collection, Heidi! He is such a stud!!

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  14. I love each piece and the color combinations are perfect! I think your version convinced me to buy the collection!!

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  15. Love the colors so much! You have inspired me to make yellow shorts for my boy. :)

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  16. Tobias looks so grown up! I love the whole look of this outfit and how interchangeable it is! Great job!

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  17. Wooooow Heidi fabulous job! And Tobias Tobias Tobias - SO handsome!! (You can say that about a 5 year old boy, right? ;-)

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  18. Wow! I just love everything. The colors and the patterns.your son is so handsome .everything is so perfect. I wish I could sew that well.

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  19. I love how perfectly sewn everything you make is! Lovely job, and the outfit looks great.

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  20. Omigosh he is so handsome, Heidi! Very nice work, love the topstitching on the W pants and the elephant lining on the jacket, especially. It's the little things. :)

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  21. I love every inch of it! Fantastic work! Great details. Looks perfect!

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  22. That's one stylin little dude you've got there! Awesome outfit!

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  23. I love your version of the pattern collection. The fabrics you chose are perfect for a stylin' little boy. My son would love any of the pieces you made. I'm inspired!

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  24. You are amazing! That's one fantastic outfit - and obviously a charming little man ;)

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  25. I think this is my favorite look from the pattern tour yet. Awesome job!

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  26. you knocked it out of the park. seriously. this is the best outfit ever, love it!

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  27. thank you so much Heidi! this whole post is great and the outfit is AMAZING! I love the secret elephant lining, too, I didn't notice that from the other pictures, cute!!

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  28. Perfection! From the colours to the sewing and the model! Everything looks absolutely amazing, effortlessly cool and so stylish. Love it all.

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  29. I love it all! That yellow makes the whole outfit go from great to fantastic! And your son is seriously a little rockstar! I bet you felt like paparazzi following him around taking pictures :) Seriously so cute! Thanks for joining us on the tour!

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  30. I want to make every single piece again, just like yours! I love the colors/patterns you chose. And your son rocks the look. Amazing, all of it!

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  31. Amazing! I love the yellow shorts. Your boy looks awesome!

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