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From: MTjumpnJX
Date: 05-22-2007, 11:49 AM (1 of 13)
:bang: :bang: Does anyone know of any pattern brand with more than 3 BOY patterns in them? Or at least some cool :cool: ones. I know a lot of the boys clothes aren't as creative or exciting as the GIRLS but when the girls get 100 times more pattern options it just doesn't seem fair.
User: MTjumpnJX
Member since: 05-17-2007
Total posts: 29
From: MissTaraTara
Date: 05-22-2007, 12:30 PM (2 of 13)
Dependent upon your sewing budget (I say this only because I have one :bluesad: ) you may want to look at Burdamode (,1000003-1275114-1129000,enEN.html;jsessionid=B8AB47CAF1A8AAB23FED1 B020B868537), NeueModestil (, or even go online and look at some of the styles offered in Ottobre ( magazine. If you are sewing for your little boy, you can take some of the basic patterns for boys and add pockets, zippers here and there, add a few extra seams, and lots of topstitching. Oh and don't forget those tough boy fabrics (denim, twill, etc); it's amazing how the choice of yardage can really make or break a project. I do agree, there is an abundance of patterns for girls just as there are so many for women and few for men; but I'm sure the average man just wants to be covered :wink: Just a few thoughts :smile:
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
Total posts: 227
From: material_pakrat
Date: 05-22-2007, 06:28 PM (3 of 13)
Boys are always hard to find patterns for. I ended up using a basic pattern, and then using a stack and slash method to make things more interesting with seams and alternate fabric panels.
Just copy your basic pattern onto tissue paper, then cut it where you would like to add the detail. Add seam allowances, and remember the order that you cut it all up. Sew in the order of the last cut you did to the first, and then follow the pattern instructions. Top stitch with either a single or double line to add further interest. You will be surprised what an individual article you can make this way, and how fantastic it looks.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: grandma C
Date: 05-23-2007, 01:08 AM (4 of 13)
You may want to look for vintage patterns. I know I used simplicity and mccalls for my boys from the time they were newborn till they wer 9 years old. I did get creative and find a pattern that worked and invent my own style. I would cut the pattern pieces and maybe have the lower part of the legs in light brown and the upper part in dark brown. I might cut the parts diagonaly or straight. for little boys you can cut the pants off just below the knee and make a band around the leg with a button closure and you have knickers.

I am using Wild gingers software for children some but mostly I am using the KWIK SEw book and master pattern for children. I got it at Hancocks. What boys size are you looking for???

My boys are 32 and 39 years old now.
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: MTjumpnJX
Date: 05-23-2007, 02:45 PM (5 of 13)
:smile: Thank you, Grandma C, Pakrat & Miss Tara for your input. I do appreciate it. Right now I'm sewing my 5 year old son shorts & short sleeve t-shirts for kindegarten from a McCall's 9206 in a size 8. For my older sons (27 & 25) all I ever used was Simplicity & McCall's. We just need something comfortable & durable with a touch of TLC. I've never tried slashing or different color fabrics in one pair of pants Thanks again...:up:
User: MTjumpnJX
Member since: 05-17-2007
Total posts: 29
From: mommydionne
Date: 05-23-2007, 09:05 PM (6 of 13)
Jalie has some boy stuff too and if you are looking for something dressy I would check out Sew Beautiful/ Martha Pullen, but my oldest has vetoed her stuff as of late, (he's 10)
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: fronno
Date: 05-25-2007, 06:44 PM (7 of 13)
Try the pattern magazine Ottobre.
There are def. more than 3 patterns for boys in them.
With kind regards,
User: fronno
Member since: 04-26-2004
Total posts: 79
From: MaryW
Date: 05-25-2007, 07:44 PM (8 of 13)
Fronno, good to see you back. :bluesmile
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: mamahoogie
Date: 05-25-2007, 08:21 PM (9 of 13)
Check out Sunrise Patterns:

My friend gave me some of her earlier patterns and they are really nice - for boys and girls....and she only charges $5.00 for them.

I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: sable
Date: 05-26-2007, 08:07 PM (10 of 13)
I use mainly Kwik-sew and Ottobre for my boys and plan on keeping using both for them until they leave home (though they may not be so keen)
I find Ottobre have a greater range of patterns, but Kwik sew have great basics which you can add your own touches to.
User: sable
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 76
From: bPlace
Date: 07-05-2007, 03:20 PM (11 of 13)
Abacadabra brand out of Europe has a pretty good selection of boys patterns that are unique. As well, Bizzkids pattern magazines offer some boys styles (not nearly as many as Ottobre though, and the bizzkids does not have English instructions but the Abacadabra do :-)

User: bPlace
Member since: 08-14-2006
Total posts: 24
From: SewManyProjects
Date: 07-07-2007, 12:26 PM (12 of 13)
I love Ottobre for my 8 year old son. I've sewn some cool things from Burda patterns too, and you can buy them at Hancock's.

Self taught sewist, wishing I could take classes, planning my 5 year old dd's spring/summer wardrobe.
User: SewManyProjects
Member since: 01-18-2007
Total posts: 33
From: MissTaraTara
Date: 07-07-2007, 11:28 PM (13 of 13)
Speaking of Burda, does your local JoAnn offer them at 40% off everyday? Our new JoAnn now does but the older two that closed did not, they were regular price everyday. And, I think the other big companies are also now 40% everyday or have a flat fee like $6.99 everyday. Walmart has even reduced their percentage to 40% as well.:smile:
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
Total posts: 227
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