my favorite homemade gifts: little boy apparel

yesterday i posted about my go to gifts for little girl apparel and today i'm going to post about apparel gifts for little boys.

until a few months ago i had never made clothing for a little boy. i had gotten by sewing gender neutral baby stuff and toys whenever necessary and didn't have any desire to change my approach. why sew for boys? i've got this girl thing down and it's really fun. 

but when our friends had a baby boy back in june i knew it was time to get on with it and set to work on my first boy project. since then i've developed a few favorite boy apparel items i turn to when it comes time to make things for the little dudes...

lil' man flannel

the lil' man flannel is the sketchbook shirt from oliver + s in a comfy plaid that had a small repeat. here is a recent version i made in red.

here is a blue version:

this pattern has so many great details from the adorable little collar and it's top stitching,

to the back pleat,

the little cuffs,

and finally that shirt tail hem.

sailboat top

i love the sailboat top pattern from oliver + s for two reasons. first of all it's practical with the shoulder buttons (those feel very useful, but i'm basing this 100% on my nieces and their 94% percentile head size.) 

secondly it's really stylish with that sharp shirt tail hem,

which also provides a great opportunity to use fun fabric for the facing. 

baby pants

i mean what's not to love about these pants? the art museum trousers pattern by oliver + s is practical with the elastic waist and oh so adorable with all the tiny details. from the faux fly,

to the back welt pockets, 

to belt loops, and side pockets.

not to mention you can always sneak in some fun with the lining.  

there you have it my limited, but thus far very successful sewing for little guys.


aunt maggie