Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Project Run & Play Tween Scene: Patterns & Inspiration for Boys

 For Day 3,  let's turn our attention to what might be the hardest, or maybe most rare tween and teen sewing, sewing for boys!  

Today we're sharing patterns for boys that reach into the upper limits of teen and tween sizes, an example of how to copy a RTW (ready to wear) shirt that they like, and a bunch of inspiration from past Seasons.

Let's kick it off with a list of all the patterns for boys that you can get in the Project Run & Play shop that reach to size 14 and 16.

Size 14

Sizes 7-14 of all Project Run & Play label patterns are drafted on a tween/teen block for better fit. This includes:

Easy Street Tee


Other boy patterns that go up to size 14:

Joseph(ine) Cardigan 

Lemon Tee

Abby’s Trailblazing Socks

Abby’s Spidermonkey Pants

City Lights Cape

Foliis Jacket

Super Tough Jeans

Sk8 Skinnies

Aviator Pants


These are not technically designed for boys, but we've used for boys very successfully:

Metro Pants and Shorts 

Aurora Raglan


Size 16

Sizes 7-16 of all Project Run & Play label patterns are drafted on a tween/teen block for better fit. This includes:

Thyme Shirt


Other boy patterns that go up to size 16:

Chromium Cropped Hoodie

Ultramarine Coverup

Fireside Slippers

AJ Aviator Hat

Fell & Dale Cap

Senpai Bomber Jacket

Cicero Jacket

Ichigo Bomber Jacket

Pudding Pants

Natsu Shorties

Umaru Shirt

The Tie

Wow!  What a selection!  Alright, now let's discuss how to copy their favorite RTW (store bought) clothes.


My 15 year old son saw this shirt from Abercrombie.  What I saw was a Lemon Tee with just a tiny adjustment!  Lucky for him, he still fits into the size 14, and I had all the fabric on hand.

There you go!  To read about the simple adjustment, head over to Skirt Fixation.  Now are you ready to walk down the TWEEN BOYS memory lane?  Prepare yourself to be inspired!

It's okay, you can admit it too...the first thing that popped to your mind was Sabra of Sew A Straight Line and her tween and teen boy looks during Season 16.  Like this Circus one...

And remember Alida from I Make Stuff's cool kid from Boy's Week in Season 2?  Yes, there used to be a whole Boy's Week theme every Season!  Who wants to bring it back?

Another huge boy sewist is Kelly of Handmade Boy.  This was her Signature Style look.  One think about Kelly's boy sewing is that it always looks indistinguishable from RTW clothing...something that teen and tween boys seem to prefer!


During Season 6 Shannon from Little Kids Grow produced some really amazing examples of tween boy sewing.  This is her creation for Boy's Week.  Yes, she sewed that hat!

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Nikki of Bubby and Me sewed for her tween boy during Season 19, and knocked it out of the park with this Surf and Sand theme look.

During Season 9, Celina of Petit a Petit shared her uber cool creation for her tween boy for the Put Me In the Zoo challenge.  Amazing!

Susana of Suco by Susana is another Mom who showed that tween boy sewing can look incredible, feel comfortable and become their favorite thing to wear with this Monochrome Mania look from Season 20.

If you're scared to sew for tween boys, just take a page from Wendy of W. Pratt Crafts book.  Her very dapper Season 17 book with this Flights of Fancy challenge.

Throwing it back to Season 6's Boys Week, Cath of Cath Grace sewed this amazing look for her teen boy.

If you hadn't seen it on Season 9 would you have known that Shannon of Googiemomma sewed her teen son all these clothes for the Spring Break Challenge?

During our Pajama Party event, Miranda of Inspinration sewed pajamas for all her kids, including her tween age son.

Bonnie of Bonnie and Blithe (from Season 14) sewed her tween son this whole outfit, and we've got the tutorial for that shirt stencil!


And Emily of Life Sew Savory shared a tutorial on how to hack those joggers to add pockets...just what her teen and tween sons wanted!

Now are you inspired?  You should be!  Don't be afraid to sew for teen and tween boys.  Just stick to their preferences and some of these tried and true patterns and they'll be so grateful for your sewing.  Trust me, the scowl on their face means they like it!

See you tomorrow when we discuss sewing WITH tweens and teens.

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