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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470949554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470949559
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

Shelly Figueroa is the creator of Patterns by Figgy's, a pattern line featured on numerous blogs and found in shops around the world.

Karen LePage is the creator of the One Girl Circus and One Boy Circus clothing lines and specializes in making stylish and comfortable clothing for sensitive children.
Together, Shelly and Karen are the co-owners of the celebrated sewing pattern line Patterns by Figgy's.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg. on Jan. 14 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
Love the ideas in this book. I also love how it's ring bound for ease of use and how the sizes go up to 7 for older kids. Made the treasure pocket pants and had no problems - I love these pants on my son though the waiste is a little snug. The "brick bag" project was alot of fun to make as well - first time I was ever able to attempt such a project. I must say though that I found the instructions for this project a bit hard to understand at times and found it easier to think of the next logical step to take rather than to actually read the instructions. I hope this book inspires more boy-focussed sewing books of this type - us crafters know we need more of them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trina R Maclean on Jan. 11 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I love that this book is dedicated to sewing for boys, a rare thing in the children's sewing world. With that said, I have come across some issues with the patterns. My 1st attempt was Pauley's Pullover ages 2/3 and the arms were an inch smaller (at the armpit...I did check to make sure I cut the correct size) on either side than the actual body of the pullover. It was an easy adjustment, but if I was a complete novice (this was a beginner pattern), I probably would have been dismayed. The pattern was also very short (and excessively wide) in the body, so be sure to measure your boy before making your cuts and add length as needed. I'm not sure how the rest of the sizes measure up, but it is now something I'd check before making a cut. Overall, cute book with cute clothes (just adjust as needed).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy A. Peers on Oct. 4 2011
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I like this book. All the clothes are very basic - the kinds that will get lots of wear but most of them have at least something a little interesting about them that makes them different from stuff your kid already has and makes you want to sew them. I haven't made anything yet but instructions look good.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
I want to love this book Jan. 8 2012
By Carly Rogers - Published on
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.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent patterns! Sept. 13 2011
By Sally - Published on
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!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great concept, disappointing execution. Jan. 20 2012
By Dellie - Published on
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sizing is Terrible! Feb. 10 2013
By bslayers - Published on
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Cute, but the sizes seem off March 11 2013
By Lindsay Olson - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
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.