Build a Wardrobe: With 5 Great Boy Patterns

In today’s online sewing community it is not uncommon for us to chat about our PDF pattern stashes. Many of us don’t dare take a count, or want to know how many lurking patterns haven’t even been sewn. I’ve seen people admit in groups to re-buying a pattern because they didn’t realize it was in thier stash.

It got us to thinking, I bet you could create a pretty full wardrobe without needing to buy an external hard drive.  Today we will give you our 5 favorite PDF patterns for building a boy’s wardrobe.  Later we will share our favorite girl patterns as well as our favorite gender neutral patterns.

Ready to dress your kid in 5 patterns?

These are patterns we’ve sewn up and love. We are using affiliate links for some of these patterns. This means if you purchase using our link we make a small amount at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support! 

Peek-a-Boo Patterns Classic Chinos

Classic Chino, every day pants

We start with the Classic Chinos from Peek a Boo Patterns.  These slacks are classic (as the name suggests) and can be made in long pants or shorts.  They have options for front and back pockets, belt loops, and can be made with a full zip fly or a faux fly and elastic waist.  The look is great, they go together easily and the directions are clear with good pictures. See our latest version here.

The bonus these pants or shorts can be worn for dressier events, but are still totally appropriate for everyday wear. Change up your fabric and change up the look!

See Kate Sew Surfer Slacks

Surfer Slacks pattern by See Kate Sew

Next up are the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew.  These are great for their simplicity and ease of wear.  A pull on pant, with a knit waistband they are a great play pant that can be made with no muss or fuss.  These were really helpful when O went off to Pre-K 3 and had not yet totally mastered zippers and buttons by himself.

The pants come with a rounded back pocket, which has a button tab not shown above, and feature a cuffed bottom so you can add in a contrast fabric if you would like. They do not come with a short version, but Rachel sewed up a pair by simply measuring for desired length and shortening.

Patterns for Pirates V-neck

V neck pattern

You need a good tshirt! The Patterns for Pirates v-neck offers two methods for applying the neck rib, a pocket, short sleeves and long sleeves, a button tab for mid-length sleeves, and a cuff option for the long sleeve.

Our tshirt was made by upcycling Dad’s tshirt, but a knit of your choice will work. We would recommend sticking with a rib knit or a knit with really good recovery for the neckline to get the best result. A thin jersey is not going to produce a nice vneck.

Blank Slate Berkshire Blazer

Winter Wonderland look for boys

You’ve got a wedding/church/event he has to look nice for? Blank Slate’s Berkshire Blazer has you covered. Our version was made up in wool and fur lined, but you could sew this up in different materials to better suit your summer/spring weather. Patch pockets, a shawl collar and elbow patches make this a stylish choice! Blank Slate also offers a more classic look with the Basic Blazer if you are looking for more of the standard suit coat look.

Peek-a-Boo’s Surfs Up Board Shorts



surfs up board shortsWhen it’s time to hit the pool (or sprinkler) my little guy wears Peek-a-Boo Pattern’s Surfs Up Board Shorts.  Made from board short material, these feature a drawstring and side pocket. They come with optional lining also. We used rip stop for the pocket on these!

Do you have 5 go to patterns?

Happy Sewing,



{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Sorahart May 27, 2014, 10:10 pm

    I was so curious to read your list! My top 5 for boys would be:
    1. Parsley Pants–Made by Rae
    2. All the Rage Raglan–Scientific Seamstress
    3. Basic Blazer–Blank Slate Patterns
    4. Fancy Pants Shorts– Titchy Threads (for pajamas)
    5. Flashback Skinny Tee–Made by Rae

    I guess some of these are really more gender neutral, but I’ve used them for my son more times than I can count! It really is true that you can make most of a wardrobe with just a few basic patterns. Oops– don’t tell my husband that!

  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures May 28, 2014, 5:00 am

    ‘Great idea! I really need to organize my paper patterns! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Amy mayen May 28, 2014, 7:36 am

    Next time I’m at my PC- I’m gonna count my PDFs. Great post! I have 3 of these- so I’m on good shape!!

  • Stephanie May 28, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Those surfer shorts look so comfy!

  • Larri @ Seams Inspired May 31, 2014, 8:16 am

    Fabulous go-to patterns and great clothes for your little guy! When my boys were little, I sewed many pairs of shorts for them.
    Alas, they are teens and not too keen on Momma sewing their clothes. 😉
    I still stitch up pajama pants/shorts for them though.
    Visiting from SewCanShe’s SOS. Happy Sewing!

  • Kristina & Millie June 7, 2014, 8:35 pm

    Great list! I am not quite to making real clothes yet so appreciate your sharing these 🙂

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