My 8 year old son always asks why I sew for Emily and not for him----well, the truth is, Jacob wears mainly jeans and t-shirts and there just isn't much need to sew for him. Jeans and t-shirts can be bought on sale quite inexpensively in Jacob's size, and (shh...this is the real truth) I just don't enjoy sewing for boys as much as I enjoy sewing for girls.
But what's a mom to do when her son asks with pleading brown eyes, "please, Mom, will you make me some clothes?" So I did. : )
I first made the denim shorts, and Jacob wore them for 2 days. By the end of the 2 days the shorts were filthy from playing in the rain and mud puddles. I finished the shirt yesterday---but---I am not going to let Jacob wear it until the shorts are clean and I can get a picture of him wearing the compete outfit, both shirt and shorts at the same time. It may not happen. Boys are different than girls. I'm not sure when I figured that one out.
The patterns are Ottobre (big surprise, right?), and both are from the newest 03/2009 issue. I'll add a link to the full reviews at Pattern Review when I get them written.
Oh, I have to tell you about the denim I used for the shorts. I found the denim at Wal-Mart for $2.00 per yard. On the bolt it was stiff, stiff, stiff, and I only bought 2 yards. After washing it 3 times (yes, 3 times on hot) the denim was soft, thick and oh-so-beautiful! This denim is the good stuff. The expensive stuff if bought elsewhere. You already know what I did--- I went back to Wal-Mart and bought the rest of the bolt. Sadly, only 3 yards remained. But 3 yards is 3 yards, and I'm happy.
Onward to the pictures:
"Jungle" T-Shirt, Design #24
Made from interlock knit with ribbing for the red contrast
Size 122 "Bert" Shorts, Design #23
Size 11 6
In real life, the shorts are dark blue, not black.
The waisband treatment is different than I've done before. I like the clean finish it gives on the inside.
Back Pockets: Lots of topstitching
When it's all said and done, sewing for boys really isn't too awful. I may do more for Jacob. He's so appreciative.