Monday, October 31, 2011

Sewing For Boys Sew Along

In the past, if you tried to search for sewing patterns for boys clothing, you'd come up short.   I've always wanted to sew clothes for my little guys, but honestly, I lack pattern generating talent.  Thankfully, for us sewing moms/grandmas/aunts, this is a growing trend. With the institution of blog series such as "Celebrate the Boy" and "The Kids Clothes Week Challenge", there are finally more places to turn to for great tutorials and patterns.  

Sewing For Boys: 24 Projects to Creat a Handmade Wardrobe, recently landed on my doorstep and I was thrilled to find a book full of things my boys would actually wear.  Just looking through the book has been so inspiring so I've vowed to dedicate time each month, for the next year,  working on clothing projects for my boys.  I plan to tackle at least one pattern each month.  I'm hoping you'll sew along with me and keep me honest.  

The Sewing For Boys Sew Along begins January 1st! Whether you plan to sew along or just sew at your own pace, you can buy your copy through Amazon or your local bookstore. Starting in January should give us plenty of time to get our books.  To keep us motivated, I've lined up prizes for each month.

 Rules and Guidelines -

- I will announce the patterns on or around the 1st of every month. We will have two patterns for most months. I plan on starting with the patterns deemed "beginner" and work my way up to progressively harder patterns (according to the book this just means there are more pattern pieces).

- You'll need to join the Sewing For Boys Sew A Long Group on Flickr.

 -  You must make some sort of additional embellishment on your creation! Add embroidery, tie dye, fabric printing, applique, quilting, patchwork, beads or something else that makes it truly unique.

 -  When you finish take some pictures and post them to your blog or flickr page. Be sure to tell us about what you did and how you embellished the pattern. Be sure to link back to this post or include one of these buttons somewhere in your blog post (and elsewhere on your blog too!).

Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! 
 


 -Submit your photos to the flickr group Sewing For Boys Sew Along. Give them the tag "Sewing For Boys Sew Along" and add a link to your blog post in the photo description so we know where to find more about your project.

 -  Most Important!!!!!! When your project is complete, submit a link in the comments section of the pattern post for that month's pattern so you are entered in the contest for that month. If you don't post your link you will not be entered in the contest. 



I think that's it! I will announce the project for January soon so you can have a little extra time to buy the fabric and supplies for the first project.


Too start us off on this great sewing journey,  Wiley Publishing, is sending me three "Sewing For Boys" books. Since I've already gotten my copy, these are just.  for.  you!  Want one?  Comment below and tell me what your favorite boy clothing item is.  Make sure to include a way for me to get in contact with you, should you win.  This giveaway closes on Nov. 7th.


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24 comments:

  1. sounds AWESOME!!! I so want to do this!!!!!!:)

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  2. i love little boy sweaters or vests.
    ashleywhetman@hotmail.com

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  3. I sew hats and pullovers.... And I am lookin forward to your sew along to get some more ideas !

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  4. I love sewing for both my boys, my favorite so far is overalls - they never fall down! Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

    jiannyia at gmail dot com

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  5. Pretty excited. I have been wanting this book. Now I have an excuse to get it; I mean to ask my husband to buy it for me for Christmas.

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  6. Sounds like a great idea! I love sewing for boys!

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  7. I'm in! My book arrived a couple of days ago, and I can't wait to join in! :D

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  8. I haven't made many clothes for my boys, yet. I'm looking for inspiration! I did enjoy making a backpack and wallet recently. j-j-s AT juno DOT com

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  9. I love to sew my boys appliqued holiday shirts! They love to go to daycare with a shirt for the holiday made especially by mom! justalittlejoy@gmail.com

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  10. I'd love to participate. My little boy will be 6 in March,so I am wondering if these run true to size?

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  12. What a great idea! I love making shirts and pj's. I need to get my book ordered

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  13. This sounds like a lot of fun and just the motivation I need. I love making dressy but comfy pants for my little boy from thrifted men's pants.

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  14. I am soooooo excited about this!

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  15. Looks like I missed the give away, but what an awesome give away! I have 4 boys, so i am always looking for fun clothes to make for them :-)
    Mary/Jcrsmom@msn.com

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  16. I'm joining. Wish I'd had this book years ago. My oldest just turned 10 and is too big and old for these -except the Brick Bag! The other two boys are 6 so I better get sewing!

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  17. Just recently decided I wanted a new project and started sewing after many years of ignoring this craft! With three grandsons ageds 3, 4, and 5, I want to make them some cute, unique and trendy fashions! Excited to find this site and ready to go. Not sure if the book contest is still on, but how I wish I had one to kick this venture off!

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  18. Can you tell me the range of pattern sizes in this book?
    I'd love to purchase it and sew a long for my son, but I can't find the pattern size range. My son is eight.

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    1. they stop at age 7 though i dont think it would be that hard to make them fit an older child, especially if you have a bit of experience. you can see where the pattern has been increased as all 3 sizes are printed on the same page.

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  19. couldn't wait for this book to arrive and am loving it ! I have heard so of the instructions a bit hard to follow, but so far so good.

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  20. I know it's a year later but is there a boy's sew along for 2013?

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