I love sewing for kids. In fact, it was the idea of sewing clothing for my daughter that really got me interested in taking up the hobby in the first place. Now that she’s grown and I have a boy, I sometimes find it difficult to find kids projects. There’s been a lot books published as of late that focus in on the younger set. However, so many of them are designed for little girls, that it was nice to finally come across a few that had some great projects for boys. Fiona Bell, owner of the childrens boutique Their Nibs, penned Sewn With Love, a book that focuses in on ‘classic sewing techniques with contemporary results.’ I have to say, I love it. Not only are there beautiful dresses for little and big girls alike there are practical and cute items for boys as well (and by that I mean, clothing that you can put on your little boy that they won’t argue about wearing). To top it off, there are a number of unisex items included… a little something for everyone!
In total there are 25 projects in Sewn With Love – 11 projects for girls (including the most adorable bubble dress, infant dress with matching hat, pajamas, and silk-chiffon lace dress), 5 items just for boys (a pair of madras shorts, pajamas, pin-tuck shirt as well as long and short sleeved button down tops), and 9 unisex items (several clothing items can be worn by both boys and girls alike such as the ‘cover-all apron’, playsuit, and dungarees while others are accessories such as bean bag frogs, tooth fairy pillows, a vintage quilt and laundrytoy bag). All the patterns for this title are on a CD (with the exception of two templates which are located in the back of the book) and there are (brief) directions on how to print and tape them together for those who haven’t attempted this yet. The directions seem to be very through and there are tons of illustrations to supplement the instructions – making this a good book for advanced beginners (I’d recommend having a few projects under your belt before trying some of these projects. Some techniques such as pin-tucks and buttonholes may be more challenging for first projects) on up.
The bottom line: Whether you have a girl or a boy, you won’t have a problem finding a project to sew from Sewn With Love. In fact, I’m looking forward to sewing something up for Easton very soon (I’m thinking the Cover-All apron might be my first since Easton has taken up an interest in painting recently)!