My pre-ordered copy of Sewing for Boys, written by Karen LePage and Shelly Figueroa, arrived just over a week ago, and the first thing I sewed from it? A romper for Gladys. I had been saving this college t-shirt for an extra special project and when I saw the “R is for Romper” pattern, I knew I finally found it.
Like their other “Patterns by Figgy” patterns, Karen and Shelly designed these projects with kid-friendly seam finishes. This romper is sewn seams out for baby’s comfort.
I think it adds to the rougher boyish look of it and which goes nicely with the geeky but still girly print. Don’t you think?
The only problem I ran into was trying to stretch the back neck binding onto the shirt. My t-shirt was too old to have the recommended 30% stretch. I ended up using the ribbing from the original tee instead and it worked out just fine.
Other things that are just awesome about the Sewing for Boys book:
- They don’t waste a lot of pages teaching about how to thread a sewing machine and the like. Not every sewing book needs to include a chapters worth of sewing lessons. Isn’t that what the internet is for? I think they hit the sweet spot of “just enough”.
- They have plenty of patterns for knits. My kids prefer their knit pants and shirts over any others. So why should I spend time sewing clothes for them that they won’t want to wear? Sewing with knits is not as scary as most people make it sound and you don’t need a fancy serger to sew them. Karen and Shelly’s directions and construction techniques included in this book will help you dive right in.
- The projects cover a wide range of skill levels – from the quickie short-sleeved raglan tee to the detailed “Henry” to a car play mat. And they are all such classics, I can see myself coming back to them again and again.
Excellent job, Karen and Shelly!!
(And just because I know Karen loves Gladys…)