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« on: May 18, 2006 05:57:28 AM »

I was at JoAnn's a couple of nights ago, looking for a basic pattern for older boy's basic jersey knit shorts. I couldn't find a single one in any of the main catalogs. Not even a good one for PJ shorts!
Then I realized there was hardly anything at all for men or boys. What's with the big pattern companies these days? What if I had wanted to find a pattern for something more formal, like a suit? There's NOTHING!!
Well....I guess I'll be drafting my own basic elastic waist shorts for him, with help from a pair he already has and my pattern drafting books. Not the end of the world, but it would have been nice to have it already done for me! (Can you say "I'm lazy"?!)
I'm' planning on finally teaching my son some basic sewing. He's 11 now, and I think he's ready!
Wish me (and him) luck!
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2006 07:54:28 AM »

sewlittletime, did you look in the unisex sections?  they have tons of patterns just like you are looking for.

also, i know vogue had a formal suit pattern for men and boys, in fact they have several for men, but i only remember one for boys.


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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2006 09:26:48 AM »

Yeah...I did look in the unisex stuff. It's ahrd w/ a kid his age/size, though. The patterns seem to stop at a boys 7 or 8 and start up again with a young men's 34" waist! My son is kind of between a RTW 12/14 (28.5" waist), so the pickins are pretty slim!
Ah well. At any rate, it'd be nice if the pattern companies had  a bit more to select from, since I didn't see quite what i was looking for. Besides....making my own pattern will be good practice for me!
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2006 06:09:21 AM »

I took all the appropriate measurements of my son yesterday, with much giggling on his part! He's very ticklish!!

So this weekend we are going to tackle drafting his measurements out into his very own shorts sloper!

I looked in my fabric stash, which I am determined to use up as much as possible this summer, and found that I have 3 different colors of light-weight stretch knits that we can use. So he'll have several pairs of comfy shorts, hopefully by week's end!

And my digital camera software is working again, so i ought to be able to provide some pictures!!
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2006 02:12:13 PM »

have you looked at kwik sew or Burda patterns? THey have more available for boys than the big 3

  I have a book called kwik sew for children that has tons of basic patterns in sizes 4-12 . I've used this for years to sew shorts, t-shirts and pants for my kids.
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2006 07:16:13 AM »

I totally agree with you!!!  I have a 2 year old nephew and I couldn't believe what I didn't find when I went searching for patterns for him.  I have had some luck, however, with Ottobre Design.  They are a Finnish company that prints English versions of their magazines.  Check out thier website (ottobredesign.com), it is pretty good.  I ordered directly from them but I think I saw a copy at JoAnn's recently.  Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006 08:58:51 AM »

I definitely checked Burda. Can't recall if I checked Kwik Sew or not. Burda will be cool when my older son is into the Young men's sizes.

And acgilles...I LOVE Ottobre!! I actually have several issues that I was able to get at JoAnn's, but they've stopped selling them about a year ago! Sad I am so sad!
I was actually thinking that I need to dig out all my Ottobre issues and see what they've got that I can sew for my son(s)!

It seems to me that "back in the day" there used to be WAY more of a pattern selection for males of all ages/sizes. Now the pickins are pretty sparse!

And let me just say that, my older son really has a cool sense of style, so I can totally see him wearing some of the more forward/trendy styles, like in Burda.
But, Hell...all I want is stretchy shorts, so I can use up some of my fabric stash! LOL!
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