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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470949554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470949559
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

24 sewing projects to dress newborn to 7-year-old boys in style

In this innovative boys-only pattern book, you will find 24 projects—ranging from sporty to dapper—to create an entire handmade wardrobe little boys will love. The patterns span all seasons and include aselection of specialty items for playtime, art, and "on the go" accessories. You'll get instruction and guidance on numerous techniques to add longevity to each pattern—not just for the boy who grows too quickly, but also for his little brother or cousin to wear and cherish later.

The garments and accessories featured are comfortable, durable, and completely unique. From a retro button-down shirt and suspender shorts to a just-like-dad robe, these 24 sewing projects will keep the young boys in your life dressed with style year-round.


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I love to sew for my boys and this book is right on time.
NOLA Sunflower
I also tried other patterns from this book: the raglan tee, little heartbreaker pants and shorts, and they all needed some modifications in sizing, they were too wide.
Elena
And although the book is "for boys", all the patterns are really just hip, casual styles for kids that play.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Carly Rogers on January 8, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I really, really want to love this book. I have a little boy that I sew for quite a bit. I would say I am an intermediate sewer. I've sewn a dozen boy articles of clothing from various patterns. I have yet to finish one of these patterns in this book. I've attempted three and wind up really frustrated & ready to burn the book (just kidding... sort of). The clothes are cute, but the patterns are really hard to follow. And oftentimes the instructions are written wrong and I don't realize it until after I've sewn it together exactly like the book says. Then I have to rip it apart, figure out the correct way, and then re-sew. I've had my sister look at the book with me too - she's a much more experienced sewer - and she had the exact same problem. So, I would love to be able to use this book, but right now I feel like it was a waste of the $20 I spent on it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sally on September 13, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This is long overdue! As the mother of two boys and long time sewist, I have looked for a long time for cute, innovative, interesting, modern clothes to sew for boys. This book absolutely fits the bill! The patterns are clever and cute, with interesting details so the clothes don't just look like the boring stuff boys usually get. At the same time, the clothes are simple enough that it's easy to whip up the patterns! (Unlike awesome clothes for boys that take so long to sew that my boys have outgrown them before I'm done!)
I have sewn up the raglan sleeve t-shirts, the kickin' back sweats, the on-the-town jacket, little heartbreaker pants, sweatshirt (pauley's pullover), the treasure pocket pants, and the belt. Let me tell you, these patterns are AWESOME!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By happy zombie on September 13, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
If only this book was written when my boys were little! Back in the day I had struggled to find cute and hip patterns when I sewed my boys their clothes. If only I had this book! Thumbing through this beautiful book (which I'm going to give as a gift), I'm in awe of the clothes - they are hip, modern, carefree and stylish. The photography is stunning, and the beautiful models look like everyday, real-life kids in real-life settings. Just a stunning book. If I were Cosmo Kramer, I'd attach legs to this book and turn it into a coffee table book. Yeah, it's that beautiful.

This book is long, long, long overdue - and the only fault I have with the authors is that they didn't write it sooner. Like 20 years sooner.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dellie on January 20, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I was excited to get this book, and think the pictures look great. Like one of the authors, I also have a boy with sensitive skin so sewing with seams on the outside for softness really appeals to me.

Having said that, I have made 3 items from the book and they have all been extremely ill-fitting. My boy is almost 3 and is the perfect waist and chest measurement for this size according to the book, however the sleeves in the tops I made him were easily 4-5 inches too long, while the length of the top is way too short. It is also far too snug if not using a stretch fabric (and these were not suggested)

I also made the hat, and had to recut the crown 3 times (eventually in the 6-7yr size) to match up with the 2-3 year size brim.

Instructions are not overly clear, but I am quite an experienced sewer so could muddle through. Hopefully if there is another edition of this book they will get the sizing right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bslayers on February 10, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
My 2 year old son is wearing the 4 - 5 year old size of the Raglan shirt.. The Easy Linen shirt in a size 2 - 3 barely fits him. He is not a big kid for his age whatsoever. The pockets on the Two-in-one jacket are WAY off. Kids don't want to reach to the side of their hips to put there hands in. I've had to rip out several neck bands because their sizes are too small. Many of the patterns just seem "off" to me. It's disappointing because there are not many books out there for boy's clothing.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on September 7, 2011
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As a learning-to-sew mother of 2 sons & 1 daughter, I fully realize the disproportionate amount of patterns for little boys. I've had this book pre-ordered, and it does not disappoint! There is a cute boys' dress, shirt (the Henry shirt), button up pajamas, several different styles of pants, even a (collarless) suit jacket, and reversible lined jacket. I love that each one is graded (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) but there are shirts, pants, and other projects of all levels. The 'easy linen shirt' can be made with a variety of fabrics, the list of which is also provided, and is on the 'easy' scale. I think it will be my first project from the book. I love the suspender shorts too. Swimming board shorts, t-shirts, sweats, pullovers, and toys are also included. I really was impressed with the variety of outfits. I can't wait to try the first project; I'll update the review later on how it goes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Olson on March 11, 2013
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I really want to like this book. And I mostly do, but there are some issues with the patterns. So far I've done the Mr. Two Face Pants twice, the Treasure Pocket Pants I'm just starting and the Pauley's Pullover.

The Mr. Two Face pants ended up way wider than I expected... and short. The Pauley Pullover was so short (my child should have fit the 12-18 month size) I couldn't do a drawstring. I had to improvise by making a hem band to lengthen it enough for it to even be wearable. It was also way too wide. The short and wide look isn't very flattering. The Treasure Pants I haven't finished yet, but I am disappointed to read that one of pieces is too small so I'll have to hunt the correct one down and recut my pieces.

I'm nervous to try additional patterns, but it is cute and if I take the time to adjust beforehand I think I could use some of the projects as wardrobe staples for many years to come.

The sewing world is in dire need of a book like this. I just hope the next edition will have better patterns and clearer instructions.
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