Boardwalk Sew Along Day 1

 It’s time for the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley Sew Along!

boardwalk sew along

Joining In:
I’m so excited to have you sewing along with us! Here’s how to join in the fun

1. Pick up a copy of the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley
2. Check here on the blog everyday this week (see schedule below)
3. Join the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group: Participants are encouraged to post in-progress photos, ask for help and advice, etc. throughout the week
4. Upload your Finished Photo to the Sew Along Album for your chance to win a gift card!

$25 Peek-a-Boo Gift Cards will be awarded for the following prizes:

#1: Fan Favorite (based on # of likes on fb)
#2: Designer Favorite
#3 Random Draw

Sew Along Schedule: 

Monday: Choosing Your Fabric and Size, Choosing Your Options, Printing Your Pattern, Cutting
Tuesday: Optional Embellishing & Placket Preparation (Steps 1-3)
Wednesday: Hoodie or Henley (Steps 4-9 or 10-14)
Thursday: Catch-Up Day
Friday: Finishing Up (Steps 15-24)
Saturday: Winners announced and a few features shared

Let’s get started!

Choosing Your Fabric & Size
The Boardwalk is designed for knit fabrics and is the perfect way to use up some scraps. It is a fairly roomy fit so you can use wovens for the upper panel if you’d like (I wouldn’t recommend it for babies as in those size you do need the stretch to get it over the head). For my project I used an XL polo off the clearance rack at the thrift store and one of my husband’s old tees (photos in the next section).

The Boardwalk has a fairly relaxed fit which is perfect for busy kiddos. If you are sewing for a slim child make sure you check the size chart as you may want to go down 1 size and then lengthen as needed. I sew a 3t width with 5 length for Anne. Will is slim but I don’t mind his clothes baggy so he wears a straight 2t.
Boardwalk Henley and Hoodie yardage

Choosing Your Options
The Boardwalk has a lot of fun options to choose from making it easy to sew up a stack of clothing that is all unique from one pattern 🙂 First you’ll need to choose between the Santa Cruz and the Virginia Beach. The Santa Cruz is gender neutral and is shaped like a standard tee. The Virginia comes in a top or dress length and has a gather at the bodice


You can also choose between the henley or hoodie neckline and short or long sleeves. Anne is wearing the Virginia Beach dress with short sleeves and a henley neckline.  She calls this her jogging dress 🙂 It’s definitely a very comfy dress! The bottom of her dress is made out of a Wal-Mart tee from the boys department ($3 for a size 16. I use them all the time)
Will is in the Santa Cruz with short sleeves and a henley neckline. Baby Levi is in the Santa Cruz with short sleeves and the hoodie option.

Printing Your Pattern

As always make sure you print at 100% and check the 1″ scale box to make sure everything printed correctly. On page 3 of the pattern you’ll find a guide with which pages to print for your desired options.

Cutting Your Fabric
Now it’s time to cut! If you are re-purposing an old tee you can save yourself some time and save the original hem. Just move your pattern piece 3/4″ below the existing hemline before you cut (or leave it even with the hem for a bit longer shirt). I did this for my sleeves and the tee body. Sorry this photo is a bit overexposed but you can see that my cut sleeve is 3/4″ shorter than the pattern piece

Come back tomorrow and we’ll start some sewing!

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