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Sewing for Boys, The Classic Polo

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I’ve been doing some back to school sewing these last few weeks, though most of it has been tops, dresses and leggings for my little Missy.  Other than the shorts for this post, I haven’t sewn much for my son.  It can be difficult to find things to sew for boys, especially once they hit a certain age.

This particular pattern (the Classic Polo) from the Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop has been on my to do list since it came out.  When Amy emailed me to be part of the fall tour for her pattern shop, I already knew I wanted to sew this polo shirt.  (I have a wee bit of a procrastination problem, so if I hadn’t been part of the tour, the the shirt would probably still not be sewn…  Please tell me I am not the only one who suffers with this issue?)

The fabric I used for the Polo is a cotton blend knit from Girl Charlee.  (I think it was part of their vintage revival collection, which is no longer available.)
He had a pretty good time modeling the shirt for me.  I even had Dad come out and toss the ball around a bit for a few pictures…

I love that this pattern comes in a size range of 3 months to 12 years.  It makes me very happy that I can sew this pattern for several more years.

According to the size chart, he would officially be in a size 7, but I went ahead and sized up so he could wear the shirt next spring and summer too.  (The fabric is definitely light weight.)

I’m so pleased with the way the shirt turned out and even more pleased that my son loves it too! 
I will say, I had a bit of difficulty with the construction of the placket and attaching the collar (mostly the collar.)  Though, I was expecting this shirt to be a bit more of a challenge than my normal simple peasant dress-style projects…   
After an hour or so of fiddling, I finally realized, if I took out a few more stitches at the top of the placket, I could fold everything in place and re-stitch it.  So if you decide to give this a try, don’t be afraid to remove a few stitches to make it work!
I’m excited to make a few more of these shirts.  Now that I know what I am doing, my next shirts will be super quick to make.

Thank you so much Amy for letting me a part of your fall pattern tour!  There will be 3 fun new blogs to visit every day, so click the photo below to be taken back to Amy’s blog, where she will have all the links posted. 
 Be sure to check back on Saturday, she will be giving away a 10 pack of patterns and you will be able to vote for your favorite look!  ***update***  Enter the giveaway here.
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  1. Mary Hall says:

    Where do I get the pattern for the polo shirt you made. I just love it.

  2. Charlene@APinchofJoy says:

    Perfect sewing project for boys — you are right once they reach a certain age, it is hard to find something they will like and wear! Looks great on him — love the big button! thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

  3. Mique (as in Mickey) says:

    Jamie this turned out fantastic! Boys are sooo hard to shop for let alone sew for. I love what you did. So much! Thanks for linking up last week at 30days. 😉

  4. This turned out really well! I love seeing handmade clothing for boys that is not boring!! Love the colors.

  5. Beverly Miller says:

    I have the same problem – finding patterns for my son. Those of us without daughters are really challenged to find cute patterns for boys and appropriate fabrics. Great job! I love the polo.

  6. Totally agree about sewing for boys, my little misses get heaps of cute dresses but the little man misses out. Love this polo, wish I could get some of this fabric DS would love it!

  7. Jenya @ While she was sleeping says:

    Cool shirt! I hear it is harder to come by good patterns for boys. This one is def a winner 🙂

  8. Heather McManaway says:

    Man….. I have been looking everywhere for a Polo pattern! i have a Niece who's daughter has to wear them for school uniform. Like me it is paycheck to paycheck. I am pretty Self sustaining, I fish hunt my own meats, have chickens and a huge garden every year to can. i Upcycle clothes and furniture for a living. Yes live in the "city" but small Town kinda place. I hope you can do a pattern to share soon!

    Heather McManaway (AKA Mac!)
    owner of
    Sister Lou's Hobby Farms.

  9. amy mayen says:

    Thanks fot te tip on the placket- I always have trouble there too! Great job! It's hard to sew for older kids:)

  10. Cari Fritz says:

    looks really nice!!