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Hello Internet! It’s pattern testing time again in the Made by Rydz sewing room, today I get to share with you my versions of the newest kids’ pattern from 5 out of 4 Patterns: the Kids’ Hayden Henley.
The pattern options include a lined hood or neckband, short or long sleeves, and hemmed, standard cuffs, or thumbhole cuffs for the long sleeves. You can use buttons, Kam snaps, or ring snaps on the placket. This is a semi-fitted shirt when using the recommended fabrics. If you’re using a thicker or custom fabric it’s recommended to size up. For both of these shirts I sewed the 18-24m size (as he measures, NOT his ready-to-wear clothing size!), and chose the options that best suited the season and the little who would be wearing them. I love that – especially in the smaller sizes – the cuffs, placket, and neckband can all be made from small scraps to add a pop of texture or print. This is also a great way to use the last bits of fabric that you absolutely love. Or – if you’re like me – you feel guilty about letting any little bit of fabric go to waste. Little pieces like these are a match made in heaven for your scrap pile!
This week the temperatures started dropping here in South Western Ontario, with shorter days, officially closed splash pads, and the launch of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Someone recently described it to me as “sweater and shorts” weather, and she was absolutely right! When Bigs is getting on the school bus we want to wear pants and sweaters, but by afternoon we’re ready for shorts and short sleeve tees.
Because the thought of so much laundry makes me cringe, we’ve been wearing shorts, tees, and layering hoodies on top. Except for Smalls, who just decided that he dislikes hoodies. In fact, Smalls now believes that hoodies are only for the suckers who can’t take them off faster than his mom can put them back on. Dressing toddlers can be a tricky game, am I right? The solution that has worked best for us is long sleeved shirts with his shorts, because it’s not that cold out yet.
Neither of my boys has many long sleeve shirts in their wardrobes, because until now layering has always worked for us and for my nephew (whose hand me downs we love to receive). Which means that this henley pattern could not have come at a better time – it’s not as casual as their plain long sleeves, and not as “fancy” as their button downs, it is a great stand-alone or layering piece going into fall.
For Smalls’ henleys, I chose to use the neckband, long sleeves, and regular sleeve cuffs.
Smalls is still getting used to modelling solo when I don’t make something for Bigs to match – this time I had no choice but to do a late afternoon photo shoot after he woke up grumpy from his nap, which added an extra splash of character. We started out on his favourite front porch step and juuuuuuuust as he was starting to relax, our next door neighbour started mowing his front lawn. The scowl that this kid had for the “noisy neighbour” (his words) was next level. I managed to capture one of the less grumpy expressions (above) but it was all I could do not to laugh at my grumpasaurus.
We changed outfits and went for a walk to try and lift his spirits. In the end he was still a bit grumpy (and throwing rocks, because toddlers) so as a joke I asked if he remembered how to smile. He put his hand in his mouth, pulled his cheek to the side, and said “cheese!” I couldn’t help but laugh, which he in turn thought was hilarious, so he did it over and over with both hands. In the end, he loves his new shirts and had a great time dancing with his big brother on the front lawn. Sometimes you can’t capture it all, I just have an adorable blurry photo to remember it by.
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Kid’s Hayden Henley pattern is available HERE.
There is also a men’s version of this pattern, and a bundle of both available HERE.
Grey was a preorder from Blended Threads Fabrics.
The coordinating black solid was dug out of my scrap pile.
Heather Lake (Blue) Bamboo French Terry from Water Tower Textiles.
Almond Peached Herringbone – I got this from a friend who was selling some she didn’t need, but I know it was originally sold by both Water Tower Textiles and Blended Threads Fabrics (and possibly others?).