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  • 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 3 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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HASH(0xa6986648) out of 5 stars I want to love this book Jan. 8 2012
By Carly Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa69d99b4) out of 5 stars Good idea, poor execution July 2 2014
By Elena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I was so excited when I bought this book. Finally I can sew so many cool outfits for my son!..
But when I looked at the designs, I was slightly disappointed. I guess I was expecting to see more basic items with a possibility to customize them. Something like Kwik Sew's Sewing for Baby, but in today's style and for bigger age. But most of the items in the book are already pretty custom, and not to my taste. At the time that I got the book my son was three months old, and there is just a few items for that age in the book. I tried to make him pants, but they were too baggy and short. I thought that I'll just wait till he is older to fully use this book.

Now he is two, and I decided to make the shirt for him. As I already stated, I would be happier to see just a usual shirt pattern, but the book has pretty unique design for the shirt. Oh well, I decided to make it anyway.
Pattern itself seems to be drafted by hand (side part of the shirt has a strange "notch", I don't know how to explain it, but it is not shown on drawings in the tutorial, and it makes no sense). So there is no surprise that the shirt turned out completely messed up in sizing. I stopped sewing after assembling the main parts, but I don't think that attaching a collar would help in any way... The shirt is twice as wide as needed, but the length is ok. I can't even imagine a 2-year-old with such proportions to wear this shirt, it's just awful. 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.
Unfortunately, sizing is not the only problem of the book. It's sometimes hard to follow directions, because they are so unnecessarily complicated. There are some drawings that are supposed to help, but I didn't find them helpful at all. For the parts that I could understand only after reading them 5 times - there were no drawings, and for pretty clear instructions that don't need any additional explanations - there were drawings!
Some things explained completely wrong. I have some experience in sewing clothes, I've been using commercial sewing patterns, which usually have pretty clear instructions. And I was shocked when after 5 times reading through an instruction of how to attach a closure strip I started doing exactly as it was explained, and found out that it's in fact just the ordinary bias binding attachment, but turned to the opposite side! Whaaat? I had to rip it all apart and sew it as I usually do, which is just the opposite to what the book said. And I had a nice closure on the RIGHT side of the garment, not on the WRONG side.
The book has a lot of pretty photos, but it seems more like a family photo album to me. For example, there are photos featuring two items, but only one of them is in focus. So for some items there are two almost identical photo-pages. At first I was wondering, why? But then I got it: one picture has one item in focus (while the other is hardly seen because the boy wearing it has his arms crossed and covering the whole thing), and the other picture has another item in focus. Why not use different photo lens, that would have both items in focus on one picture? I don't know. There is almost not a single shot from the back. Not for the shirts, not for the jackets, not for the pajamas. And you won't find out how Little Heartbreakers Pants look at the waistline or from the back, unless you make them.

So... I don't even want to love that book anymore, I'm just sad that I wasted my time and my fabric and my nerves... And ended up using self-drafted patterns.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c0784c) out of 5 stars Excellent patterns! Sept. 13 2011
By Sally - Published on Amazon.com
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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HASH(0xa69aa87c) out of 5 stars Sizing is Terrible! Feb. 10 2013
By bslayers - Published on Amazon.com
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.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6de35a0) out of 5 stars Great concept, disappointing execution. Jan. 20 2012
By Dellie - Published on Amazon.com
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.