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Out on the Town Jacket

Today’s pattern spotlight is the Out on the Town Jacket! This dapper little jacket features a vintage feel with modern comfort for your little gentleman. Make a formal jacket for dining out or a special event, or choose a more casual fabric to make a laid-back afternoon jacket for any day of the year!

The pattern details:

  • This is an intermediate level sewing pattern, featuring pieces for the back, fronts, pocket and sleeves.
  • The Out on the Town Jacket is sized for 18 months through size 6/7.
  • Fabric requirements: 7/8 yard – 1 1/4 yard each for the lining and the outer fabrics
  • Fabric recommendations for the outer shell: seersucker, linen, lightweight wool, corduroy
  • Fabric recommendations for the lining: muslin, quilting cotton, silk, rayon
  • This pattern also requires thread, 3-5 buttons, lightweight fusible interfacing, a fabric marking pen or chalk and water-soluble basting tape.

Let’s take a look at some of the jackets that have made their appearances Out on the Town:

This linen version with chevron lining made the perfect outfit for a wedding:

This plaid adaptation is perfect for those Autumn Back-to-School days:

Made in a fun print, this is the jacket you won’t have to fight him to put on:

Have you made one of these jackets for your little man to wear out on your town? Share it with us in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool; we’d love to see it!

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:

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: