Best of Summer with Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy!

Let’s here is for the boys! Am I right? No matter how hard we all try, there are just not as many posts out there on sewing for boys as there are about sewing for girls. It’s hard to even it out. That’s why I’m so glad to have Stacey from Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy with us today because, as you can imagine, she does a lot of sewing for boys. Take it away, Stacey!

Hello there.  I’m so excited to be here today to tell you all about my favorite summer sewing pattern, the Aegean Swim Cover by Hey June.  I was given the chance to test the pattern for my girl Adrianna before it’s release last month and I love it.  With three boys to cover up as they come out of the pool this summer, I can guarantee you this pattern has been well tested.

The Aegean Swim Cover is a unisex pattern in sizes 18m-12 years designed specifically to be made with terry cloth towels. The pattern comes with 4 different styles to choose from; dress, ruffle dress, tunic, and shirt.

The pattern instructions are digitally drawn, extremely clear, and come with a handy guide so you can print only the pages you need.  There is also a fabulous diagram that shows you how to lay out your pattern for optimal cutting which means no hemming!

I’ve sewn up the shirt option now in three sizes,  3, 4, and 6. They sew up so quickly, each one took me less than an hour to make.  Since beach towels are SO expensive where I live, I was extremely grateful for the towel optimization chart.  Plus, sewing for three boys, allowed me room to play around with color blocking options.

The first cover up was sewn with one solid towel, the second received a contrast hood, and the third, color blocked sleeves and a contrast hood. The bias binding around the neck opening offers a world of possibilities as well. Keep it plain and simple, go for more contrast, or fancy it up with custom made binding.

The boys are warm and cozy on the beach and love the hood.   Since ocean swimming here rarely comes without freezing water temperatures (raise your hand if you think that stops these kids from jumping in) and breezy shoreline conditions, I foresee quite a bit of use out of these. They’ll be perfect for bundling up once their lips turn blue.  Also, I think my middle child might secretly be a Sith Lord so there’s that to consider as well.

Thank you so much for inviting me to share, Caila!  CailaMade readers be sure to head on over to Hey June to see the darling girl options.  For more boys sewing pattern reviews, tutorials, crafts and activities to keep kids busy, stop on by Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts. Have a great summer!

Thankyou, Stacey! I love the idea of using different colored towels for color blocking! And thanks for reading friends. Check back later today for my recap of Fabric Weekend 2013 — a sewing bloggers’ getaway for fabric shopping the LA way. Sorry to double up posts today, but that’s actually going to happen for the rest of the week. So be prepared for morning AND afternoon madness here at CailaMade for a few more days. Love y’all!