Monday, September 3, 2012

suited up

sewing for boys.


it’s a struggle. i’ve tried sewing/crafting for my little man (like this, and this, and this, and this). but for every one thing i do for him i probably do ten other things for my girls.

the suit i made him a couple of years ago—one of the very first projects i shared on this blog—was one of my favorite sewing projects. it was a challenge, but the end result was totally worth it.


he’s long since grown out of the suit :( and it was passed on to a friend—and fellow sewist—who’s son loves it and wears it constantly. it feels good knowing that it’s appreciated not just as a nice hand-me-down but as a handmade item.

but my boy is growing again. and he’s growing fast now. we’re entering that stage of childhood where it seems he’s grown out of the items i buy him before we even get home from the store.
suits are a big issue. there is no dress pants/shirt & tie combo for him. since he was old enough to notice he has not agreed to anything less than A SUIT LIKE DADDY for any and all dress up occasions. he wears a suit at least 3 times a week. and the $50 polyester things from burlington coat factory are just not this momma’s speed. we’ve made do with them, but yesterday i made a very exciting ebay purchase:


a vintage 1948 boy’s suit pattern. it should be here this week. how awesome is that plaid suit? not sure i’m going to get my 10 year old into the shorts set…ha! but i’m really, really excited to get crackin’ on this.

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  1. Lady, do not tempt me to have another baby just to roll the dice for a boy....


    1. hehehe...hey, i'm a firm believer that you should be able to experience parenting both genders.
      come on, what are ya? chicken??? hehehe

  2. This is very exciting. I need to make one for my little man. But he is way little, as in 1. I can't wait to see how this turns out!

    1. that's even better! they're tiny, and they don't stay still--so no one will even NOTICE your mistakes!!! go for it!

  3. Visiting from Sewset (Hi!).

    Love, love, love vintage patterns for boys. It seems like there were so many more stylish choices for boys clothing "back then". 4 boys and 2 girls this way, but it's still about 10 to 1 with me sewing way more for our girls. Alas, the ruffles always seem to win over the cargo pants!

  4. Totally agree with Shannon ^^ about the vintage boy patterns being so much more interesting for boys. I love the '40-'50s kids looks! That pattern is a total find and has me itching to make my boys some suits. I love the look you came up with for your son a couple of years ago. Yay for boy sewing!

    1. i know! i really, really hope this suit has that vintage vibe, and doesn't just look dated or weird. i think "vintage boy/man" is harder to define than for girls/women, you know?


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