Hello all and welcome back! Today we welcome a designer that I admire a ton: Chelsea from GYCT. I first read Chelsea’s blog for all her organizational tips and recipes, but now come back for the adorable clothing and accessories she designs. Thanks for joining us, Chelsea!
Hi! This is Chelsea from GYCT Designs. I am excited to be part of Gracious Threads’ Embellish is for Boys Series. I have a 4 year old son and a 1 year old baby girl. They are both tons of fun and tons of work. I have always enjoyed sewing and did a little bit for my son through the years. But when my daughter was born I went crazy! She has dresses, tops, shorts, pants, blankets, you name it. That is when I realized that I needed to take more of an effort to make Momma Made clothing for my son. That is where the color blocking began for me.
My first real experience with color blocking came with the Whale of a Tale Shorts Tutorial I made last summer for my son. I wanted something boyish and summery. Traditionally, color blocking is defined by the use of solid colors, so these aren’t necessarily true to color block definition. But it is how I got started.
From there I decided on some lightweight pants made from Peekaboo Patterns Pier 49 Pants Pattern. (affiliate) Love the combination of the solid white with the grey chevron. Really makes them stand out but also classic.
This year I made this outfit for Project Run and Play’s Spring Break Challenge. My entry was called Caribbean Escapade. It is a combination of the Seaside Summer Top Pattern and the Whale of a Tale Shorts. But this time I did true color blocking with the pockets. I wanted something with lots of color. I think they turned out quite successfully. Great for the spring and summer and you start to get the modern flair.
My favorite use of coloring blocking is on t-shirts. I love to take a great tee top and cut it up into a simple, modern color blocked top. Makes it so much more interesting and much more fashionable. Even for a 4 year old. This first look I created last fall. I started with a basic tee pattern and then cut the pattern where I wanted and started sewing. If you are interested in the tutorial on how to cut your pattern for this color blocked shirt, click here.
For this top, I used Blank Slates Vintage V-Neck Pattern. I have to say this is one of my favorite tops. It was inspired by his favorite animals, penguins. You can see even more pictures HERE.
For this top, I changed it up a bit and used a raglan sleeve versus a set in sleeve. I also added a strip down the chest using the same technique in the TUTORIAL above. I really love how it turned out.
I tend to stick to more classic designs when it comes to color blocking. You can’t go wrong pairing up a neutral color with a nice accent color. However, there are so many different things you can do. The best place to start is to think about your little boy. What would he like? What is his favorite color, show, activity? That is where you start. Find inspiration in what he loves and then get sewing. If he is anything like mine, he will LOVE whatever Mommy makes just for him.
Just wanted to say thank you to Jess for the invitation to be part of this series. And make sure to check out all the other awesome ideas for embellishing for boys.
Thanks for sharing with us!
Today is your last chance to enter YOUR colourblock project in our linky party for a chance to win! Come back tomorrow to see who won our prizes from Patterns for Pirates and Duncan and Kate.