Do you want this book?
You want this book.
Let me tell you why:
1. Sewing For Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage is one of the few options for folks who would like to sew for boys (or girls that don't want to wear dresses or skirts all the time). They could have played it safe then, opting for a couple of shirts, pants and gifties. Thankfully, they didn't, and instead created projects that included the basics (t-shirts, play pants, and pullovers) and the really-very-special (beautiful coats, a suit coat and pants, and gifts that you're going to want to give).
2. The details! Shelly and Karen are sticklers for the details, friends. But they have not wasted our time on finicky, useless details! Nope. This is the kind of sewing that is built to last. I like how Anna Maria put it: "The patterns are so straight forward, doting just enough on the details that make it worth home sewing to begin with". Yes and yes. These clothes are interesting without being overwhelming. The patterns are sized up to 6/7. (For those of you looking for bigger sizes check out Figgy's individual patterns, some of them are sized up to 14.)
4. The book itself. Wiley is beginning to put out books that are pretty to look at and lovely to hold. Specifically? All the projects are pictured in photos right at the beginning of the book in full colour spreads, with referenced page numbers. They have duplicated the one thing that I consistently love about Japanese Craft books and the way they are formatted.
So. I'm cutting into some cotton double knit that Mariko brought back from me for the Pauly pullover or the raglan T. Sam should fit the largest size comfortably. I was saving it for myself, but who am I kidding? These days I'm going to need a lot more than a yard to swaddle my girth. I had wanted a finished project to show you today, but the fading tomatoes on the counter stood in the way. I am assuaging my guilt with the knowledge that I'll be sewing quite a few things from this book-- like robes for Christmas in lieu of pajamas this year. They LOVE to be cozy and if I can find a good slipper pattern for August he is going to lose his mind with happiness (the child often wears a hoodie to bed, he's always so cold).
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Do you have boys to sew for? Do you get stuck wondering if all their rough and tumble playing makes sewing their clothes worthwhile? Honestly, I get stuck there sometimes. This book is going to help you get unstuck.