For over a year now I have had the honor of being a pattern tester for Patterns By Figgy’s. Karen and Shelly, the women behind the patterns, have created a collection of children’s clothing patterns for girls and boys that rival all other children’s pattern makers. In fact, their patterns raise the bar by being simple yet fun, easy to follow and kid-friendly to the wearer. Their attention to detail is one of the things that I love about working with their patterns.
I was delighted when Shelly contacted me earlier this year to ask if I would be willing to test a couple of patterns for their first book, Sewing For Boys. She didn’t have to twist my arm to get me on board. I was eager to see the new patterns and give them a whirl. There is such a huge market to sewing for girls, the boys have been a bit left behind. Sewing for Boys fills a gaping void in the market! One of the patterns that I tested out was the Race Car Playmat, and it was a huge hit with the boys.
I didn’t add to much to the playmat as far as ponds and houses and bushes were concerned, but you could really go crazy with this mat and make it even more fun. Really, I don’t think boys care for the fluff too much. What my boys liked was the tunnel that they could drive their cars through.
Sewing For Boys has other great non-apparel projects as well as clothing for each season of the year. There’s an Easy Linen Shirt for spring…
Bobby’s Bathers for the summer…
Treasure Pocket Pants for fall…
and a Just-Like-Dad flannel robe for those cold winter nights…
…just to name a few. Shelly and Karen have put a lot of thought and work into this book and it shows! The book is hardcover with spiral bound pages, and it comes with the patterns stored in a handy pocket, just ready for you to use.
I had the opportunity to ask Shelly and Karen a few questions about their experience writing their first book…
Thanks so much to Shelly and Karen for taking the time to share a bit more about the new book. Even more importantly, thanks for taking a chance on this pattern tester and letting me be a part of the process!
Today I get to offer one of you your own copy of Sewing For Boys, thanks to Wiley Publishers! If you can’t wait, you can buy the book on Amazon- it’s on sale! And did you know that Wiley has a craft blog where they post free patterns and author interviews? Visit them here.
To enter: Tell me, who are the boys in your life? Leave a comment and be sure to include your email address if your comment is not linked to one.
Extra Entries: Visit Patterns By Figgy’s pattern shop and leave a comment here telling my your favorite pattern.
I’ll take comments through Sept. 16th. Good luck!
For more reviews and maybe another giveaway or two visit the other stops on the Sewing For Boys blog tour:
September 5 Wiley Craft & Made by Rae
September 6 Sew, Mama, Sew
September 7 The Southern Institute & Film in the Fridge
September 8 Elsie Marley
September 9 Noodlehead & Oh, Fransson!
September 10 I Heart Linen
September 11 Anna Maria Horner
September 12 Craft Buds, Pink Chalk Fabric , Prudent Baby , Sew Much Ado
September 13 Very Purple Person & Sew Sara
September 14 The Long Thread
September 15 Susan Beal
September 16 True Up
September 17 All Buttoned Up & Bolt Fabric Boutique
September 18 MADE