December/January Sewalong: 2-in-1 Jacket

December’s sew-along is the barn jacket style 2-in-1 Jacket:

About the 2-in-1 Jacket Pattern:
– This coat will keep your little guy nice and warm, and it has the added benefit of being reversible so he can choose how he wants to wear it (moms of picky kids, rejoice)!
– You will need 2 1/4 yards (size 2/3) to 3 yards (size 6/7) to make this jacket, with half the fabric being for the outer part of the jacket and the other half for the reverse side.
– The fabrics recommended for this coat are corduroy or wool for a heavier coat and seersucker, quilting cotton or linen for a lighter option. Another pattern that’s great for all seasons!
– This pattern also calls for medium-weight interfacing, a point turner, 10 buttons or snap sets, hem tape or water-soluble basting tape.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

This jacket is perfect for Fall and Spring. Thanks so much to Stacey for sewing along for a whole year with the book! Look at her gorgeous red and black jacket:

We hope you’ve enjoyed sewing along with all the patterns from the book. As always, we invite you to share your creations in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool! Here are some of our favorites that have come out of the barn in time to play:

October Sewalong: Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas

Be prepared for an overwhelming wave of cuteness, because Stacey sewed up the Sweetheart Pajamas from the book in October:

About the Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas Pattern:
– This classic pair of PJs was designed for comfort in mind. Stitch them up in a lightweight linen or cotton (or even a soft, older sheet!) for spring/summer and make them out of a cozy flannel for fall and winter.
– You will need 1 1/2 yards to make the size 2/3 or 2 1/4 yards for the largest size (6/7).
– The pattern also calls for a turning tool, 4 buttons, a package of pre-made coordinating piping or 60″ of bias tape, 1″ wide elastic, and (optional) water-soluble basting tape.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

This pattern is a traditional pair of button-down top pajamas with matching pants. You can sew them out of all one fabric or make a coordinating set like Stacey did with matching trims. In the book, we’ve also shown how this pattern can be made for coordinating or matching sibling PJs:

This classic look is adorable on kids of all ages and is another one that would be easy to adapt for girls as well.

We’d love to see your PJs or anything else you’ve sewn from the book: come to the Flickr pool and share your creations! Here are some of the PJs that have already popped up there:

 

September Sewalong: Pauley’s Pullover

Stacey’s still sewing along, and still doing a fabulous job! The September pattern was Pauley’s pullover, a versatile and comfy top for your little guy to play and snuggle in:

About the Pauley’s Pullover Pattern:
– This pattern is like a dressed-up, tailored version of a sweatshirt. It’s perfect for cool days of playtime outside!
– This pattern requires 2/3 yard of fabric for the 12-18 month size and goes up to 1 1/4 yard for the size 6/7.
– The fabrics recommended for this pullover are all about comfort: French terry, interlock, or any other medium-weight knit fabric with at least 30% stretch.
– You will also need coordinating thread, a scrap of interfacing, and optional cording for the drawstring (though you can also just use the leftovers from your shirt fabrics!).
– This is a beginner-level pattern, so jump right in!

Stacey made a striped blue and brown version, and substituted the drawstring for a waistband with a button – how fun!

This is the perfect top for back-to-school; make it in a lighter knit for fall or a heavier fleece for winter!

We’d love to see what you’re making from the book – won’t you take a dip in the Flickr pool and show us? Here are some we’re already loving from the pool:

 

August Sewalong: Luka Hoodie

Stacey has done it again! For this month’s sewalong the pattern is the Luka hoodie, an adorable jacket for when the weather turns chilly.

About the Luka Hoodie Pattern:
– This hoodie is designed for comfort and fun. The soft lining will keep your little guy cozy, and the secret pocket helps him hide away his treasures!
– You will need 3 3/8 yards of fabric total for the size 2/3, and 4 yards total for the size 6/7.
– You will also need 3/8″ wide elastic, lightweight interfacing, 3 buttons, a point turner, elastic cording or elastic hair bands (optional).
– This is an advanced level sewing pattern.

Stacey’s adorable green and brown version is just perfect:

 

Her son calls it the “dinosaur” hoodie, and isn’t that just about right? So cute! In her post Stacey gives some tips for a few of the trickier aspects of the pattern, so be sure to check it out.

This pattern calls for the outer fabrics to be made from any light to medium weight woven fabrics like cotton, linen, or baby wale corduroy. The lining should be something soft and cozy without a lot of stretch, such as flannel, fleece, or a stable knit (with 10% stretch or less).

Thanks so much for sewing and reading along with us! Don’t forget to stop by the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool to see what everyone else out there in the world has been making from the book!

Let’s check out these highlights from the Flickr pool:

 

Stacey’s Let’s Go Fishing Hat

Since the lovely Stacey made suspenders in May, she came back around in August to the sewalong for the Let’s Go Fishing Hat.

About the Let’s Go Fishing Hat Pattern:
– This pattern is the perfect thing to use up scraps of fabric or even old T-shirts that you have lying around.
– You will need approx. 1/2 yard of fabric and 1/2 yard of interfacing to make this hat, which is one size fits all.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

Look at her adorable patchwork khaki and blue version:

What an adorable pattern for an adorable kid! Stacey commented in her post that it only took her about an hour to stitch up this hat, so it’s a perfect quick-stitch for a weekend at the beach or a day in the summer sun.

Do you want to know a secret? Even though the book is called Sewing for Boys, this particular pattern would be equally adorable for the little ladies in your life, too!

Thanks for joining us for another sew-along! If you’d like to show off your Let’s Go Fishing hats or any other patterns from the book, pop on over to the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool and show your stuff!

Here are some of the other hats ready for a day of fishing:

 

July Sewalong: Little Heartbreaker Pants

Thank you so much to Stacey for another fabulous month of sewing along with the book! This month’s project: The Little Heartbreaker pants!

About the Pattern:
– This is an all-season pattern for a stylish and comfortable pair of pants. The pattern includes an adjustable waistband so your little guy will have room to grow, and can be made into shorts with an easy adjustment of the pattern length.
– You will need 1 3/8 yards of fabric for the smallest size (2/3) and 1 3/4 yard for the largest size (6/7). Additional materials include thread, universal sewing needle, 1/2 yard of buttonhole elastic, water-soluble basting tape and 2 buttons.
– This is an intermediate level pattern.

Make these pants in a heavier fabric such as corduroy, wool, denim or suiting weights for Fall/Winter, like this sample from the book:

That doesn’t mean these pants don’t work equally well in warm-weather climates, though! Check out these adorable seersucker and twill pairs that Stacey whipped up – perfect for Spring and Summer!

Stacey made the seersucker pair in the traditional pants length and the khaki pair has been shortened for summer – how perfect! Stacey brings up an important point in her post – that you should always check your actual child’s measurements and not just follow pattern sizing. In Stacey’s case, her son wears a size 5 in the waist and a size 6 for length, so she modifies her pattern pieces accordingly. If you’re going to take the time to sew a custom garment for your child, you should always take the time to ensure a customized fit while you’re at it!

In July, the ideal fabrics for these pants will be lightweight choices like cotton, seersucker, or linen.

We’d love to see your Little Heartbreaker pants, even though July has come and gone. Snap a photo and share them with us in the Sewing for Boys Flickr group!

Here are some of the pants that have already broken our hearts:

 

July’s Sew-along Pattern

Once again, Stacey is hosting a sewalong with terrific prizes over at her blog.  This Month’s pattern is the Little Heartbreaker Pants.  I’ve already seen a few adorable short versions over in the Sewalong Flickr group and the Book Flickr Group, so don’t let the long pants put you off from making them in July!

June Sewalong – The Henry Shirt

Stacey has done it again, and chosen a challenging project for this month’s sewalong.

Oh How I love The Henry Shirt! It’s a great opportunity to practice some detail sewing, and it’s also fun for using pops of color.

Some fitting notes on this one: The finished project is wide. It’s intended to be.  I wanted a shirt that could be worn for 3 seasons: over a long-sleeved shirt for winter, on its own for spring, or open over a tank top for a really 70’s summer look.

If you prefer a trimmer-fitting shirt, make the next size down and simply add length to the hem edge of the shirt.

Also: The pockets are close to the hem edge, but you can sew them at whatever height you like, so please – modify to your taste by simply placing the pockets higher before sewing the side seams.

Of course, I make mine as written, so that’s my favorite option!

 

About the Pattern:

  • The Henry shirt pattern comes in sizes from 2/3 to 6/7.
  • It requires 7/8 yard to 1 1/8 yard each of two fabrics to make the sizes specified.
  • Fabric recommendations: linen/cotton blends, shot cotton, soft old sheets, quilting cotton, baby wale corduroy, shirting
  • Notions needed: thread, 5 snaps or buttons, point ner, fusible lightweight interfacing, double-sided basting tape.
  • This is an advanced level pattern.

 

Let’s look at the adorable Henry shirts that have popped up in the Flickr pool:

 

April’s Sew-along

Over on Boy, oh boy, oh boy Stacey has chosen the Treasure Pocket Pants for her April Sew-along.  There are prizes and cameraderie, and sew-along fun to be had.  It’s not too late to join in.

About the Pattern:

  • These pants were built for boys who love to collect treasures! Their pockets were specifically designed to hold small, precious objects found while adventuring.
  • The pattern is written for sizes 18 months to 6/7.
  • You will need just over a yard of fabric (total) for the smallest size, and just under two yards for the largest size.
  • Fabric recommendations: corduroy, wool, denim, quilting cotton, linen
  • Notions needed: thread, 1/2″ wide elastic, single-fold bias tape
  • This is an intermediate level pattern.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the adorable Treasure Pocket Pants from our Flickr pool:

Do you have any photos to share? Come on over to the Sewing for Boys (the BOOK) Flickr Pool and show off!

March Sew-Along: Easy Linen Shirt

I’m so excited that Stacey has selected the Easy Linen Shirt as her pattern for the March sew-along.

 

Don’t forget to share your  beautiful creations in the Flickr Group.  Shelly and I love to see what you’ve made for your little ones!

Here are a few that have already shown up there: