I volunteered to test for Get Your Crap Together (GYCT) Bowmont Tee (aff link). It is a little different than some of the unisex tops out there and I loved that it didn’t scream boy or girl to me.
I really wanted to try making something for my son, but they already had plenty of testers in the 2t range so I was able to test using my daughter’s size instead. She is tall and slender, which usually means I have to grade patterns for her over 1-3 sizes depending on the pattern designer’s sizes. For this one she comes up at a 5 in the chest and a size 6 in height.
Printing and taping is never much fun, and I do wish that GYCT had layers, but at least all the different sizes are easy to identify, which makes the cutting or tracing process much easier. I also only print in black and white – my laser printer only uses black so it works for me – and thankfully it was brought up during the testing process that some colors were not easy to see when printed in only black and white. I really appreciate that the designer was very understanding and adjusted her size coloring to make it easier for black and white printing. Some of the sizes came pretty close to the edge of the printing area, which can make things a little tricky, (I try to avoid tiny pieces of paper with a toddler, he tries to run off with them) but because all the sizes are well marked it wasn’t an issue.
After finishing up making my daughter’s top, I decided my little guy could use one too. I used the Comic Crew print from Sweet ‘N’ Charmed (aff link) for the body.
It’s always easier to sew something up after all the kinks have been worked out, which is why it’s nice to buy a finished and complete pattern. But I do enjoy the testing aspects and I really enjoy trying new things that I may not otherwise be able to try.
If you give this pattern a try, let me know what you think of it.