Here’s a Downtown Boy jacket I made using the new BIG version of the pattern. It looks a little sloppy on Oscar as it is a bit big for him – he is 5 1/2 and this is a size 6.
Unless you are planing on going with solids, finding suitable fabric for Downtown Boy can be tricky. I really like the look this plaid fabric gives though.
Here’s a bit of Downtown Boy inspiration from the Make It Perfect Flickr group – if you have taken photos of any thing you’ve made from a Make It Perfect pattern, feel free to add them to the group. It’s a great place to go for a bit of inspiration – especially when it comes to choosing fabric!
Just in time to beat that winter chill, you can now sew a Downtown Boy jacket or two for the bigger boys in your life! Yep, that’s right…Downtown Boy is now avaliable in sizes 6 – 10 years!
I know that many of you have been hanging out for a big version of this pattern and hope that you have just as much fun sewing this cosy jacket for your older boys too.
The pattern specifies using Pellon as the layer of warmth in the jacket, but I’ve enjoyed using quilt wadding lately. You could also easily leave out the pellon/wadding and include a fleece lining too if you wanted to.
When I first designed the jacket, I thought that the sleeve pocket was a trendy detail to include…my siblings thought it was a great joke when they pointed out to me that sleeve pockets are used to carry cigarette boxes in! Haha, I think our little boys will enjoy using the pocket for collecting shells and rocks 😉
Remember, the original Downtown Boy pattern remains the same, but will now be called LITTLE Downtown Boy – including sizes 6 months-5 years.
The new pattern, BIG Downtown Boy is EXACTLY the same design, only the size range for this pattern is 6-10 years.
If you would like to purchase a copy of Big Downtown Boy for yourself, they should be popping up in retail stores very soon. Ask your favourite store to get one in for you!
I’m giving away a copy of Big Downtown Boy to one lucky reader – leave a comment on this post to be in the running! (Giveaway will close Tuesday 14th June and winner will be drawn via a random number generator)
Wow! Winter has really struck with some force this week. Talk about cold old days and lots of snow on the mountains. Lucky for us, our house was designed to be super warm without the use of too much heating, so we are always nice and toasty inside. The problem is, we don’t get rugged up enough when we leave the house because I don’t realise how cold it actually is outside until we are in the thick of it!
It’s been awhile since I last made a Downtown Boy jacket and was a nice change to sew something small. Tommy is now nice and warm, ready for our winter outings. I made him a size 1 as he is still little (but turns 2 next month!) and there is plenty of growing room for winter and maybe even next year too. My preferred insulation for making both Downtown Boy and Uptown Girl jackets is quilt wadding. I do specify using Pellon on the pattern cover, which is fine, but lately I have been using quilt wadding and am really happy with the warmth and snuggliness it gives. Plus, it feels a little less synthetic than Pellon.
The exterior jacket fabric is one of my favourite prints. I’ve used a heap of it before and had to re-order for the jacket. (The only place I could find it online was Duckcloth, but it looks like they’ve sold out now too!) And yep, besides the scarlet door, it does match the front of the house. Not intentional, but obviously showing my love for the charcoal, white, green combination!
I had intended to release this pattern in big sizes (6-10 years) for winter, so while I was in the right frame of mind I got to work yesterday and started nutting out the up-size. Should only be a couple of weeks and I’ll have it ready for anyone who is wanting to sew it for their big boy this winter!
SUPPLIES: Make It Perfect, Downtown Boy pattern Jennifer Moore, Monaluna, Hip to Be Square in Steel Robert Kaufman, Pure Organic Solids in Chartreuse