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From: Sews4kate
Date: 01-21-2007, 03:48 PM (1 of 16)
I'm starting to look into making some spring/summer clothes for my kids. I'd love to make some things that will coordinate between my dd who will be 4 this summer and my ds who will turn 1 this summer. Any good patterns or ideas for the boy? I can always get coordinating fabric and make a dress for dd, no problem. It's sewing for baby/toddler boys that I haven't done. Any cute ideas?
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From: Sherri
Date: 01-21-2007, 04:08 PM (2 of 16)
Overalls are easy. We often did button up style shirts in funky patterns.

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From: Shellymoon
Date: 01-21-2007, 04:44 PM (3 of 16)
A friend of mine made some overalls and appliqued frogs onto the bibs for her toddler twins. They were cute and the boys liked them.

I would imagine that simple shorts made out of boy print cotton would be fun. Take a little bit of the fabric and applique it on a matching t-shirt.

Go out and see what's in the store. That always inspired me when I was sewing for my little one.
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From: toadusew
Date: 01-22-2007, 08:14 AM (4 of 16)
I like all the ideas mentioned here. I also like to make matching shirts and shorts sets for my grandson, and if there is enough fabric left over, a matching hat. Sometimes I'll use a print for the shirt and a solid for the pants or shorts so my daughter can get more use out of them. Oh, yes, the type of shirt I make is the camp type--very casual, short sleeved button-in-the-front type shirt.:bluesmile
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From: mommydionne
Date: 01-22-2007, 09:05 PM (5 of 16)
I have three boys (and one girl) I like Ottobre for boy stuff, I make a lot of shorts and t's, fleece sweaters etc. lots of jammies too, I also have Sew and Go for Babies and Toddlers, it's a good book with patterns included.
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-22-2007, 11:16 PM (6 of 16)
overalls, shorts, appliqued tshirts are some of the things my grandson likes
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From: renessewniques
Date: 01-23-2007, 10:45 AM (7 of 16)
I agree with applique, I made this cute frog set for my grandson, also you can do shorts and add cute cuffs then applique a matching design..
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From: SewManyProjects
Date: 01-23-2007, 11:24 AM (8 of 16)
Ottobre has the best boy stuff I've seen. And I find their instructions fairly easy to follow.

Self taught sewist, wishing I could take classes, planning my 5 year old dd's spring/summer wardrobe.
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From: Sews4kate
Date: 01-23-2007, 03:14 PM (9 of 16)
Thank you! I have some good ideas! too bad little boys don't wear dresses, I have so many cute patterns that I never got around to using for dd:re:
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From: Sherri
Date: 01-23-2007, 07:15 PM (10 of 16)
You could make him a kilt :dave: :re:
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 01-23-2007, 07:50 PM (11 of 16)
Simplicity 5284 ( is a great value, with pieces for boys and for girls. The pants pattern ought to be easy to convert to shorts as well.
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 01-23-2007, 08:01 PM (12 of 16)
I see, it was about a boy age 1-ish. Still, save the above pattern for when he gets his growing going! There's plenty in it for your girl and when she grows out of it, he'll just be growing into it. has a few nice toddler pieces, but they all boil down to overalls and a shirt for the boys: try this ( They do have a special occasion outfit pattern as well in their collection.
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From: lsoutherla
Date: 01-23-2007, 10:01 PM (13 of 16)
I sewed like crazy when my son was small. He had lots of funky shirts, t-shirts, shorts and slacks, pillows and a few quilts, with appliques everywhere it seemed. One thing that he remembers to this day and it's put back for his son (boy/girl due in August!) was a bluejean jacket that he was allowed to embellish. When he would go with me to the fabric store he could pick out a patch, funky looking button, trim or something that caught his fancy and we'd sew it onto the jacket. It was his favorite jacket and he wore it everywhere.

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From: IsabelleB
Date: 01-24-2007, 09:45 AM (14 of 16)
I became an Auntie last November and although there are indeed much more cute patterns for baby girls, it is definitely possible to make cute things for little guys too!

I have an adorable pattern for overalls, with lots of room for embellishment - appliquéing should allow you to coordinate your children's clothes easily. New Look 6312 (
I also have New Look 6310 (, quick and easy clothes! :up:

Have fun! :bg:
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 01-24-2007, 11:45 AM (15 of 16)
Overalls was the best for when my son was smaller (don't look too good on a 10 yo now) If you can, get your hands on the magazine TOP KIDS, I think it is out of print now, but you can still get them on Ebay. They always had the funkiest patterns for boys overalls, pants and even jackets. I think it was all of the bright colours that they use that my son and I loved. The patterns are fairly easy to follow too.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
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From: Sews4kate
Date: 01-24-2007, 01:58 PM (16 of 16)
Thank you all! I'm leaning toward some overalls :) But I like that Simplicity 5284 one for next year hopefully :)
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