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HolleyM

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Date: 9/2/13 8:39 AM

I had 2 daughters and now have just one almost 5 year old grandson. There is truly a dearth of choices in boy's clothing patterns. I wish Project Runway had a challenge about little boy's clothing styles. Or maybe a pattern company? I'd love to see what some creative individuals could come up with and then have a panel of boys vote on them.

I love the Hurley brand "board" shorts with their great fabrics and colors, and the embroidered touches.

How about hidden pockets? Crazy zippers? Are we programming boys to think anything different is somehow unmasculine? I think boys are gypped!

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Date: 9/2/13 9:59 AM

Are you familiar with Ottobre ? That is where I get most of my little boy pattern ideas. You can either subscribe to the magazine or get individual copies on the Etsy store. Oliver + S doesn't have a whole lot for little boys, but what they do have is great.

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Date: 9/2/13 11:33 AM

I am so happy to see this post. I thought it was only me who had this problem. Finding material is also an issue. Lots of choices for little girls, boys not so much.

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Date: 9/2/13 2:39 PM

The best source for boys patterns is Ottobre Design. The patterns are interesting and have great details. Burda and Kwik Sew have some nice boys patterns too.

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Date: 9/2/13 4:09 PM

I hear you! I have four sons (grown) and a 4-1/2 year old grandson. My sewing for all of them has been pretty much limited to costumes over the years.

But when you think about it - most seamstresses dream of sewing a prom dress or even a wedding gown for a daughter. But who plans to sew a tuxedo for a son? Its just not the same...

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Date: 9/2/13 5:41 PM

My DS has not been into me sewing for him. I've mad him a KS parka which he has only warn when I've forced him. I made him a fleece jacket which has only been warn a handful of times, etc, etc.

Maybe when they are younger they will wear what you make them but after about 8 forget it! Mine only what's to wear under armor shirts and Levi's or shorts.

I've offered button downs, cool retro styled ones, or more jackets or other cute things. The only things he wears that I have made are pj bottoms and a ninja costume I made him.

That said though, I think Burda has some cute boys clothes.

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Date: 9/2/13 6:42 PM

My oldest is in his early twenties and he and his brothers still wear the clothes I make for them. I've been doing it since they were babies.

The trick to making cool boys' clothes is in the details. You can make quick, cute girl's clothes, but I've noticed that boy's clothes that are cool and stylish take lots of time. Think seaming details, lots of top stitching, special pockets, pants have to have belt loops, fly fronts, pockets, etc. I made my boys vests and they had to have real welt pockets outside and inside for all their stuff. The wool jacket I made for my youngest son had leather accents that he really liked.

Ottobre has great boys' patterns and so does Kwik Sew. Jalie has a few nice ones and my sons have all liked the Burda patterns I've used.

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Date: 9/3/13 6:02 AM

I think what I am looking for is the cool details. PJs are always a hit and when he was under 9 bugs, tractor, superhero, dino fabrics were findable.
The problem is as he gets older and trying to figure out what is too over the top. My grandson is chunky (unfortunately) and pants are something his gramma (me) can make- no matter what the outcome they look and fit bettter than any store pant.
I started with summer shorts and cargo and this year during his summer visit tweaked jeans. I out some cool fabric in the pocket lining.

I would love to get some ideas for colors and hidden details- even not hidden details- for pants and jeans. He is now 11 and turns 12 after Christmas. So the little boy cute stuff is out.

Are there pre teen fashion sites for boys where I can get inspiration? Magazines? Fabric is a big part of the decision. Right now he is into army type cammo and jeans. What details and features can you suggest to make them cool looking?

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Date: 9/3/13 7:21 AM

Check out "Celebrate the Boy" blogs!

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Date: 9/3/13 7:37 AM

I found made by rae when searching for celebrate the boys. It is just what I needed.
I also went to Ottobre again. No hints of whats inside- just covers.
The chef jacket from spring looks cool. A girl is on the fall one. Are the patterns inside suitable for a 12 yr old boy? Or is the main focus under 9?

I also found some helpful collections on Pinterest. I just finished hemming 6 pairs of pants and now see where most if the stules are rolled cuffs. I wonder if I should sew on a section to look rolled up?

He lives in MT so fashions there are about 2 yrs behind the times. 6th grade this year. Hard to guess what will fit in with his setting.

I also went to Fishstick Designs. I am in love with their philosophy and the patterns look cute for young boys. I have 2 great nephews due in the family before Nov. i looked to see if any PR reviews on their patterns but search returned zilch. Are they good patterns and instructions?
I have 2 great nephews ages 2 and 6.

So sewing for boys is something I will continue doing.

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