Monday, November 24, 2014

Father-Son Omni Tempore {Pattern Review}

I'm so excited to share this pattern review with you. It seems I have taken quite the sweatshirt sewing journey this fall to try to make something that will work for Heber. If I include this pattern, I've tried 4 different patterns and I'm happy to say I finally had success. My first challenge was that his head was too big for one pattern. The next two patterns were too fitted for my sway back buddy. He looked like a girl. It wasn't until Scary stumbled upon the Omni Tempore could I actually have a masterpiece.
We didn't have to think twice about getting this pattern and jumped at the chance to join the Omni Tempore Family Tour and knock out two Christmas presents. If you're looking for something special for Christmas, you might take advantage of the fact that for the duration of the tour the Omni Tempore Bundle is 30% off. To buy either the child size or adult size only is 20% off. Only at Sofilantjes.com is no coupon code needed.

To see the full capacity of the pattern you should keep an eye on the tour:

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Prizes list for prize pack #1 and prize pack #2

Prize Pack #1

1.5 meters of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics
Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofilantjes
Bustle Skirt Pattern by Koda Baby Boutique
1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman
1 Pattern of choice by Serger Pepper
1 Pattern of choice by E+M Patterns
1 Pattern of choice by Striped Swallow Designs

Prize Pack #2

1.5 meters of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics
Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofilantjes
Grace Pattern by Rose & Lee Designs
1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman
1 Pattern of choice by Madeit Patterns
1 Pattern of choice by Dandelions n' Dungarees

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The fit is great because it's actually designed to fit boys. We checked on this before purchasing. Even though a lot of patterns advertise as unisex, the designer has to choose to either fit for one gender or another. The fitted is great for girls and the roomy is awesome for boys. Sure you can probably use the fitted for a sway back boy, but to do that you may need to add a few sizes in width.
I also got to sew my very first clothing item for my husband. It's been a whole 6 years since the last time I made him something and that was a quilt. I've picked up a few paper patterns here and there, but until now I haven't had the guts to make him anything. This is probably because it takes more fabric to sew for him and if it doesn't turn out I don't know if he will wear it. He's not as starving for nice clothes as the rest of us.
He was starving for this though. We've just started in the bitter cold of winter and although there's no snow in any of these pictures, we have had it and there is nothing like a nice warm sweater to keep away the bite of winter. 
For warmth and added stretch I used cuddle soft fabric. It wasn't in the pattern guide, but I knew it would  be a hit with the men. It's kind of like a thicker two sided minky. Its soft and cuddley inside and out. Lucky for me I picked up my fabric when it was 40% off and I used a 25% off my total purchase coupon. All of which money saving I had not been expecting. If you use this for this sweater don't worry about lining the hood. It's plenty warm already and can end up a little bulking.
I think I'm going to use the pattern blocks to make my husband some t-shirts because I love how it fits him especially for a shirt application. He was borderline sizes and I wish I would have gone up a size for his muscular build and slight stretch fabric. I will also probably do just a little less on the cuffs because they were just slightly smaller than the width of the finished sleeves and waist. I'm used to there being a bigger difference in width so that the cuffs are more snug. Since that's what keeps the cold out, that will be an important modification in the future.
Those 15 years of cow milking muscles make the sleeves snug. So if you sew this and you're borderline sizes, go with the smaller size for a super stretchy fabric and the bigger size for something more stable and outwear.
That being said, I love how it turned out. It still fits him and it is a great starting point for sewing more with this pattern in the future. 
All patterns need a tester the first time and this was my go at it. I did modify the front of the hood meeting the sweater by just straightening it out. That crossover isn't exactly my husband's style.
This sweatshirt has been checked for chasing, running, jumping, and flying. The hood also fits great too, we were just so busy playing at the park that I forgot to get any pictures of it actually on his head.
I'm so excited because now I know what I can do for Heber on top that moves with his ever adventurous personality.
I really love this boy, but I can't seem to keep this 2 1/2 year old boy out of trouble. Just this morning alone he got black eye makeup all over his hands and face, the bedroom floor in the time it took me to help Ty go to the bathroom. Later he took the sewing scissors to some hoarded knit fabric as I was putting ham in the slow cooker. Then as I'm writing this last part he dumped an entire bag of rainbow fruity crisp rice all over the living room and it is now raining rainbow chunks throughout the entire living room. Please tell me this phase doesn't last forever!
With Love,
Al

5 comments:

  1. Great pictures of your 'boys'! Lovely to see father-son matching clothes :)

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  2. Your boys look very happy :) Isn't it great to finally be able to find a good pattern!

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  3. Sounds like my kids ;-)
    Thank you for sewing these beautiful shirts. I love them.

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  4. Great job and I love the plaid! :)

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  5. Love the plaid on Heber's version! My almost-three year old is crazy like that... I can't leave her alone or something gets destroyed. Like last night, she tore up half of a pizza (a special treat when it isn't homemade) and threw it all over the floor while I was changing her sister's diaper. Still, she has been better in the past few months with some very firm discipline, and extra attention and hugs. And ouch, scissors to special fabric is an awful feeling.

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