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Sewnsewmom
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Date: 5/9/09 0:05 AM

I have an 8 year old ds. I would love to sew clothes for him like I do my dd. However, it is so difficult to find patterns for boy's clothes.

Anybody know about some good patterns that can steer me in the right direction?

Thanks!

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Date: 5/9/09 0:24 AM

I recommend three:
Burda and Kwiksew: Both of these will come with seam allowance (I mean Burda envelope patterns, not the mag) and have good fit. I think that Kwiksew has a bit more ease than Burda, but it's not ridiculous like the big pattern companies. Look at the style lines for these companies more than the illustrations and photos. In good fabrics, these are great patterns.

The Holy Grail of children's patterns is Ottobre. Look it up in reviews here, and go to their website:

www.ottobredesign.com

The fit is great, the styles are awesome and it's just a great mag. You can get backorders from Sewzannes if you'd like to buy a couple to see if you want to try. Not all styles come in all sizes, so look at what the 7-10 y/o boys are wearing to get an idea. The toddler stuff and the teen stuff probably won't be offered in his size. Oh and you have to trace and add seam allowance to the patterns. If you've never done this, just start with a simple pattern (a ruler, butcher paper and a pencil will suffice and you can get fancy from there.)

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Subject: Need Recs for Boys Patterns Date: 5/9/09 8:41 AM

I agree with ayin's comments. I have two boys and sew for them--Ottobre designs are really fantastic. The styles are very interesting, and go beyond the basic shorts and tee-shirts. There's a Yahoo group for Ottobre and you can get great suggestions there if you want to get back issues.
Good luck and happy sewing!

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Subject: Need Recs for Boys Patterns Date: 5/9/09 9:21 AM

I have 2 older boys. I used Jalie , and RainShed patterns alot. My boys were totally committed to sports and doing damage to their bodies.

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Date: 5/9/09 10:27 AM

I recommend KwikSew because of the good instructions. You will want to trace these patterns. If needed, you can adjust for height while tracing. For tracing, non-woven non-fusible interfacing is cheap, but PatternEase is better - both can be steam pressed before using. I store my traced patterns in cheap 6'x9" envelopes.

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Date: 5/9/09 11:13 AM

My son now is 32 I still sew jeans for him for christmas. But when he was little i sewed all of his clothes. the main pattern I used was kwik sew. they are very easy to sew. Just trace the size you need and go from there.

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Date: 5/9/09 9:24 PM

I have had good luck with Burda (both from the pattern catalog and BWOF), KwikSew, and Jalie. The Burdas and Jalies I've used are true to size. The KwikSew shirts I've made seem to run a bit large, but knowing that, I adjust accrdingly. I like the fact that with the Jalies, all the sizes are included so I don't have to either draft or buy a larger size... I've dreamt of trying Ottobre, but have never subscribed or purchased any issues...

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Date: 5/10/09 1:18 AM

Wow! I appreciate all of the replies. Thank you all so much!

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Date: 5/10/09 1:32 AM

Ditto what they said: Jalie, Burda and especially KwikSew. I don't have any experience with Ottobre for Kids.

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Date: 5/10/09 2:14 AM

Cabinbaby, you would love Ottobre!

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