Welcome to my stop on the Haven Acres Mini Collection Pattern Tester Tour! Last week I posted my final tester outfit and now you get to see a twist on the Dressage Leggings and Sweet Pea Cap (affiliate links). While photographing my final tester photos, Seb started questioning me why he did not have pants like his sister. Inspiration hit and I decided to make my stop about making a Haven Acres look for Seb!
The Sweet Pea Cap works great as a boys hat. I made no modifications to the hat design other than leaving off the ears. I used the same jersey material that I used on the leggings and used a sweatshirt fleece for the brim and lining. I thought the stiffer fleece would help the hat maintain its shape while still having more “give” than it would if it had been made with woven fabric. My son loves the hat but insisted that I had it all wrong when I placed it on his with the brim facing forward, the hat must be worn sideways according to him.
For the Dressage Leggings, I did choose to do a few modifications. I normally sew a 4T for Seb and make waistband adjustments for his tiny waist. Wanting a slightly looser look to the leg I printed 4T, 5 and 6. After comparing the pattern pieces to an existing pair of pants I decided to cut 4T for the length and waist band but cut according to the size 6 lines for the rest .
I also added cuffs using black knit ribbing. Before cutting out my fabric I folded back the leg pieces 3″ to shorten the hem. I skipped the hemming step on the tutorial and once I had the pants assembled minus the legs being hemmed I measured the opening lying flat. Based on the 4″ opening I cut four rectangles of black knit ribbing measuring 3 1/2″ x 6.25″. The width is slightly smaller than the opening (also accounting for seam allowance) to give the cuff a nice fitted look and the length is the amount I subtracted from the leg pieces x2 (since I fold the piece over) plus seam allowance. I sewed the long sides of two of the rectangles, folded the piece in half with the serged (or sewn) edges on the inside and then attached the cuff over the right side of the pant leg with raw edges in the same direction. Repeat with the other cuff.
Seb likes a wider waistband so I used 2″ elastic and cut the knit waist band 4 1/2″.
Even though the Haven Acres Mini Collection is advertised as a patterns for girls, I think both the Sweet Pea Cap and Dressage Leggings make for great casual pieces for the boy in your life.
The Haven Acres Mini Collection (affiliate link) is still on sale until tomorrow (2/15) don’t miss the chance to get the pieces for 20% off no coupon code needed and even if you missed the sale I think the patterns are definitely still worth grabbing!
“I’m a snake now. I’m done taking pictures.”
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my twist on the Haven Acres Collection. Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using the link. Of course opinions of the pattern are my own and rest assured that if I was not 100% happy with the pattern there would be no affiliate link or glowing review. Thank you for your understanding!
Psst! Hey you! Not only is today my stop on tour and Valentine’s Day BUT it is also the one year blogiversary of Pen, Seb & Rox. I’m so excited about completing my first year blogging that I’m hosting a giveaway (with awesome fabric from Mabel Madison) over on this post.