Crafty mamas (and seamster papas) of little boys rejoice! Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage of Patterns by Figgy's have delivered on their promise of a book to finally address a long-neglected niche in the sewing market. Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe is the book I've been waiting for since my son Milo was born 6 1/2 years ago.
As soon as I brought my copy home, he poured over the gorgeous project photos (all conveniently together right up front!) and immediately started compiling a mental list of the ones he expected me to start cranking out for him. Although he is topping out the size range for the book (0-6 months to 6/7 years, with some variation from pattern to pattern), I expect to get some years' use out of it yet. Many of the patterns can be easily adjusted by lengthening sleeves or pant legs, and nearly 1/3 of the patterns are for accessories and gifts which do not depend on size. The pattern pieces themselves are printed full-size on sturdy paper (no enlarging! no tissue!), making tracing and adjustment a breeze.
Shelly and Karen have designed a full range of garments, from a raw-edged onesie romper out of knit jersey (0-6 months to 12-18 months), to a reversible winter jacket (2/3 years to 6/7 years), each with thoughtful details and solid construction. I'm slightly giddy about the thought of making the "Henry Shirt" for my son so that he and his papa can both step out in guayabera style!
As for my little guy, he has requested the "Brick Bag Carry All" so that he can safely transport Lego creations in-progress when he has sleep-overs at Grandma's house, and the "To-Go Artist" for doodling and drawing while out and about.
I also have a feeling Santa will be whipping up the "Just-Like-Dad Flannel Robe" and leaving it under the Christmas tree this year.
We just got in this gorgeous wool plaid that would be perfect for the robe. Love!
Garment patterns are arranged by season, and there is an additional section on re-using or re-purposing scraps and old garments. The appendix has a glossary of basic sewing terms for beginners, and a couple of pages on seam finishes (flat fell or Hong Kong finishes, anyone?), which can really take your garment sewing to the next level. And while the focus here is unapologetically on the boys, many (if not most) of these patterns could be easily interpreted for girls as well. This book is an incredible value. Thank you Shelly and Karen!
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