Cozumel Flat Front Hack!!!
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Cozumel Flat Front Hack!!!

boy Cozumel flat front Hack sew for boys tutorial

Hello, Hello!!!  Today I've got a fun and easy hack for the Cozumel that will make it even more versatile in your kiddo's wardrobes.  And who doesn't love a pattern that looks great, works with a variety of wovens, and has tons of options!

This hack is perfect if your boys aren't huge pintuck fans, or if you have fears of tackling pintucks, or if you are working with a busier fabric that will get lost or distorted in the pintucks. Today I am going to show you how to get rid of the pin ticks and make a flat front Cozumel.  I'll show you how to make two back options as well, one with a center pleat and one flat back.  And the options just keep coming!!!!

All righty, here's what you need for this hack:

  • The Front Pattern Piece
  • The Back Shirt Pattern Piece
  • Marking Tool
  • Ruler/Straight Edge
  • Take your Front pattern piece and make a mark at the first pleat marking (closest to the neck opening).
  • Measure from that point 1.5 inches across the shoulder and make another mark.
  • Repeat at the bottom of the shirt.
  • Connect the lines top and bottom.
  • Fold the pattern together so that the lines meet up, pleating out the excess pattern.
  • Use a piece of tape to hold the pattern together.( you can take the tape off later to cut a pintuck version).
  • Take your back pattern piece, measure 1 inch in from center for the pleated back, or 2  inches in from center for the flat back option.

  • Draw a line straight down and line the fold of your fabric up on that line to cut the back.
  • Cut the remainder of your pieces and assemble according to the instructions skipping the pintuck section. 
  • *for the back pleat: fold wrong sides together and sew one inch in from the fold 1 inch down.  Press the center of the fold toward the seam to make a box pleat and baste in place.

That's it - now you've got a flat front Cozumel to mix in with your pintuck ones.  What I love about this hack is that is allowed me to use this great print from Hawthorne Threads that would have gotten lost a bit in the pintucks - WOHOOO!

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