Sewing for Boys by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage – Book Review + Giveaway

on Sep 12, 2011 in Books | 219 comments

Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage is a pattern packed book full of practical designs for little boys. The book contains full-sized pattern sheets and instructions for 16 garments and 8 accessory and gift projects.

The table of contents tag line reads ‘A Year in the Life of a Boy’. It’s an excellent descriptor as the projects span seasons as well as how boys play and live. There are patterns for babies and toddlers (size 3 months up to 18 months) as well as young boys (size 2/3 years up to 6/7 years).

The devil is in the details most definitely applies to Sewing for Boys. The race car playmat has a tunnel. Well, of course it does! And there are pockets on just about everything. Pockets perfect for collecting, storing and carrying needed supplies.

As a mom of two girls I was definitely wishing I had a cute little boy to sew for as I read through the book. So much so that on the night I did my first read through I dreamt I was pregnant with a boy! Pretty crazy for a number of reasons! I woke up with a smile.

The book also includes some quick gift ideas including belts, a birthday party gift bag, and a patchwork fishing hat.

The designs are well-thought out and contain finishing details that elevate the designs from cute to sophisticated. The Out-On-The-Town Jacket and Little Heartbreaker Pants are made up in wool suiting with cuffs, vintage styling, faux fly, and adjustable waistband with buttonhole elastic. A reversible winter jacket includes instructions for welt pockets. The authors incorporate sewing techniques commonly used in ready-to-wear clothing. A refreshing approach!

As the design team behind Patterns by Figgys, Shelly and Karen stay true to their roots in delivering clothing designs that allow children to be children. Classic styling, functional design, and practical components. Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe is a beautiful collection of well-designed patterns for the young man in your life.


The giveaway: I have THREE books up for grabs. There was a slight mix up in the shipping from the publisher so you guys scored! Leave a comment sharing what you think is the best gift to give a little boy age 5 to 10 (yes, I need some help!)

Winners will be selected on Thursday, September 15.

Comments closed, winners announced here.

Be sure to check out these other stops on the book tour:

September 5 Made by Rae
September 6 Sew, Mama, Sew
September 7 The Southern InstituteFilm in the Fridge
September 8 Elsie Marley
September 9 NoodleheadOh, Fransson!
September 10 I Heart Linen
September 11 Anna Maria Horner
September 12 Craft Buds, Pink Chalk Fabric Prudent BabySew Much Ado
September 13 Very Purple PersonQuilt StorySew Sara
September 14 The Long Thread
September 15 Susan Beal
September 16 True Up
September 17 All Buttoned UpBolt Fabric Boutique
September 18 MADEWiley Craft

pink chalk fabrics ~*~ new arrivals ~*~ free patterns ~*~ on sale