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« on: February 21, 2008 11:45:06 AM »

I have 4 kids.  My oldest is my only son.  He's 12 now.  Having 3 girls means I have tons and tons and endless amounts of sewing I can do for them.  But I feel like my son is left out.  I've seen adorable outfits made for little boys, toddlers and pre-k boys.  But not for middle-school aged boys.  Can anyone give me any idea of what I could make for him that would embarrass him to death?  The only thing I can think of is pj pants.   I hate that he is left out but I am stumped.....

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008 12:12:28 PM »

I make baggy camo/board shorts for my ds and do cool applique Ts,he is nearing 11,but ohhh so hip Wink
There are some amazing skull fabrics he loves out there
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008 12:36:00 PM »

Yes!!!  Never thought of that.  Thank you!

Ok, more ideas people!!!  LOL
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008 01:35:31 PM »

This isn't really clothing, but my mom put patches all over a messenger bag for my 15yo brother, and he loved it (2yrs later and he still carries it)
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008 05:46:52 PM »

Hoodies are always good for that age group. Raglan tees are good too.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008 06:25:59 PM »

you want to embarras him? or not? Smiley
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Can anyone give me any idea of what I could make for him that would embarrass him to death?
I vote hoodies for sure, every kid I see waiting at the bus stop is wearing them. If he ever has friends over big comfy floor pillows for his room would be nice, especially in flames, skulls, camo, etc Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008 06:02:58 AM »

I know just how you feel! I have 2 boys, 13 and 6, and it IS hard to come up with unique ideas for them. The only things I've been sewing faithfully every year for them have been Halloween costumes!!

BUT...my older son has always been into vests. And you can easily tweak a basic vest pattern to look dressy or casual. Then there's the fleece versions, or Green Pepper's fishing vest pattern. Or how about vintage or ethnic styles, like you can find on Folkwear's website??

Even though these are mostly sized for adults, if your son is anything like mine, he's going through a rapid growth spurt right about now, and could probably fit into a men's small w/ a little bit of tweaking to the pattern. I'm going to have to measure my young man up and see how his measurements compare to the men's sizing. I have that fishing vest pattern waiting for me to create!!

*Please Note* I just realized today that the Green Pepper pattern is for a hunting vest, not fishing. My apologies for any confusion!
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2008 04:38:06 AM »

my boys look round my stash and ask for certain things.
small bags for those special toys, nice pillows for their rooms.
sweaters, track pants,shorts,shirts
or  take an old tee of dads and cut it down, something special for them and they love it.
mine are 13 and 10 and always ask for new things like speedo's.....not something most boys ask for.
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2008 01:08:23 PM »

Maybe boxers?  My kids are still young, but I am wondering what will happen when they reach that in-between age. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008 09:08:15 AM »

Simplicity and McCalls have pretty good patterns for basic button down shirts. That is what I use for my 2/yo son. There isn't really much out there for boys/men unfortunantly, but thankfully it is all in the fabric you choose.  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2008 06:03:53 AM »

I am new to this topic area but have a 10yo that I love to creat things for .. I dont know if you make things from scratch or just reconstruct .. I love reconstructing since for me its the easiest to be creative with..that being said-I get shirts,hoodies,etc and add skull and crossbones to it..things with flames,etc..he loves to sport them around and always says-my mom made it..to the surprise of his friends..

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2008 02:34:45 PM »

There isn't really much out there for boys/men unfortunantly, but thankfully it is all in the fabric you choose.  Wink

I think atmomma has hit the nail on the head.  It's all in the fabric you choose.  I made a heap of coin purses for the school's Mother's Day stall (using girly fabric) and they got snapped up pretty quickly.....but I made a couple for my boys to take their money to school in but I used flame fabric and skull fabric.  They loooveed them.....

You could also make wallets.....again using skull/camo/flame fabric.  There are some good tutorials around.

Yes - boxers are another good one.

How about a "weekender" bag if he stays over at mates' places.  I made a skull bag for my boy for a camp here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173041.msg1777287#msg1777287

Or a messenger bag using his favourite themed fabric:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95442.msg902456#msg902456
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2008 06:18:16 PM »

I have a teenaged son and an about-to-be-eight-year old son that both really like pajama/lounge pants to wear around the house and sleep in. Boxers are good, too. I like Kwik-Sew's boy's boxer pattern and have made a ton of them. Funky crazy fabrics with skulls, flames, etc are usually a hit. I also found some goofy fabric on the dollar table at walmart with shamrocks on a navy blue background. Those PJ pants get worn all the time. (It helps that the guys are half-Irish) Grin

If I were making something for my older boy to wear out of the house, it'd pretty much have to be a hoodie. The younger guy and the baby aren't as fussy (yet) and I'll be cutting out some shorts for them as soom as I find a pattern I like. Probably a Kwik Sew pattern. Kwik Sew patterns seem to be better fitted and drafted better, at least the ones I've tried so far.  Smiley

Pillows are great, too. And pillowcases, if you find a great fabric for them.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2008 06:57:07 PM »

These are all great ideas.

For the older boy, early teens and up, ties in any fabric they choose can help them develop a sense of dress-up style.

My boys both camp and I have made little what-not bags from old jeans to carry essentials in. Mini-camping stoves, cooking and eating utensils.

Robes are great too.
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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2008 06:32:22 AM »

Check out Ottobre magazine..they have a lot of patterns that are great for older boys. Also, a lot of basic patterns will work, with the right fabric, and right details. This is an Ottobre pattern I made for a 12yo boy, which I used a basic utilitarian fabric, and then embellished. It went over very well. Tongue http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56303.msg528155#msg528155
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