Tuesday, 13 March 2012

.Long Boards - a new BOY pattern!.

You spoke...I listened!  A brand new pattern for the BOYS!

 
Easy on, easy off…Long Boards are an ultra-comfortable, easy to wear pair of shorts that will complete your boy’s wardrobe.  
 A longer style short, sitting below the knee with a variation to make them into trousers.  
 
  The knees in boy’s pants always go first, but Long Boards will stand the test of hard play with reinforced knee-patches so he can bash around all he likes without doing damage!  
 
  Featuring a comfy, soft rib waistband with drawstring and useful, deep pockets, Long Boards are perfect for all sorts of bike-riding, ball-kicking, beach-playing activities!
 
 
Well, it's been awhile since my last pattern release.  And while the break has been nice, it feels good to be back into designing and giving my brain a bit of a workout again!  
You know what?  Boys are really tricky! Most of the boys I know (through speaking with their Mum's) like two things...Clothes that are both easy and comfortable to wear.  Their wardrobes are so basic (compared to girls anyway) that it can be tough to come up with new designs for them.  I've always been toying around with the idea of using ribbing for a waistband, especially after wearing shorts and pants with ribbed waistband myself and realising how super comfy they are!  And then it dawned on me that boys would really like the comfort-factor of a ribbed waistband and started designing Long Boards.  I've made four pairs for Oscar now and he is living in them.  I know they will last for ages because of the longer length so am predicting that he will still be wearing them in a year or two! 
My pattern tester's sons have given Long Boards the big "thumbs up" - they really are a versatile, stylish and funky pair of boy's shorts to add to the wardrobe.  Not to mention another quick and easy sew!  To give them more of a professional look, I've included a topstitched front fly detail - but it's purely decorative...looks good without any stress!
A big thankyou to my friend, Makayla for capturing these awesome pics of Oscar for me!  She did such a great job - you can check out more of her photography on her Facebook Page.
Long Boards comes in two size ranges: Little Long Boards for 6 months - 5 years and Big Long Boards for 6 years - 10 years.  You'll find more information about Long Boards on the Make It Perfect website.  If you are looking for a place to purchase a copy of the pattern for yourself, take a look at our stockists or ask your favourite store to order one in for you.

If you would like to win a copy of this new pattern, simply leave a comment on this blog post!
(Please make sure you leave an email address with your comment.  Giveaway will close Monday 19th March and winner will be drawn at random).

116 comments:

J said...

Oh, I love these! Especially the ribbed waist. My little boy will definitely be getting some of these shorts!

Anna said...

Great shorts! I'm sure most boys would love a few pairs of these!!

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becci said...
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becci said...

Yay boy patterns. My boys will love these. I love the waist.
becsimcowling (at) bigpond (dot) com

Mònica said...

I would love to win the pattern. Perfect for next summer vacation.

monica (at) mamemimo (dot) com

Ingrid said...

I love these shorts. My son will too! I have jsut today purchased a copy of your book and I'm so inspired. Am so looking forward to sewing clothes again after turning to quilts and back again! Thank you for your inspiratation.
Ingrid

Belinda said...

Perfect for my 6.5 year old boy.
belindalexkwan@mac.com

Carla G said...

These look fabulous! And they would be perfect for my boys! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

bcgeates at netbistro dot com

Karen said...

Very cool

kmhardwick@bigpond.com

memmens said...

How fantastic! This pattern will be superb for my boy and my girl who would like to be a boy! It's spring here now and yesterday she wanted shorts on after school! Would love to win a copy - thanks

Kate said...

Well done Toni! Love the longer length, comfy waistband and reinforced knees - definitely a winner :)

Carli said...

Go Oscar! You're a born model and look like your dad. Great job with the pics Makayla

Little Munchkins said...

Again, sorry I couldn't test this one for you. But I would love a chance to win this great pattern for boys!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome design! My little men will love them. They look fabulous.
Kristen.

kleegardner81@gmail.com

Creative Corner said...

Yay for more boy patterns!! They look awesome!
1creativecorner@gmail.com

kyliealysha said...

Oh how cute! I love that they have the option to be trousers as well

daz said...

I would love the chance to win a pattern. My boys would love them!

daz said...

I would love the chance to win a pattern. My boys would love them!
Sorry forgot email address carolyn.a.martin@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Fantastic Pattern! I love the ribbed waist they look so comfy! I cant wait to make some of these for my little man!

mistyeiz said...

fabulous!! :) perfect for summer....

Ana e os Viraventos said...

These are just what I have been looking for! So cool!

amummy said...

These look fantastic

Cindy :) said...

LOVE THESE!!! I need to make about a dozen pair for this summer!!!

Susie said...

I just love these shorts - and finally, my boy loves me to make his shorts and we really need a go to pattern. Thanks Toni

Ronnie said...

Wow I love that you are making patterns for our big 'little' boys. I am thanking you already got the reinforced knees - I lost count of the number of times I patched my sons pants last year
Ronnicraft ( at) gmail.com

tara said...

I work at my LQS and I am going to have to show these to my boss. We were buying some fabrics a few months ago for the summer and had remarked it would make great board shorts. And now a great shorts pattern!

melandpeter said...

Loving these shorts Toni. I am amazed at the variety you continue to come up with. Love your work!! x

Suzee said...

They look very comfy!! Thank you!

pinkchook said...

Absolutly must grab these, fantastic job. These will be a must have for my boys perfect for our qld autumn :)

Nicola said...

These shorts look great, and my boys would love them. I especially love the reinforced knees. Thanks for the chance to win,

howell dot nicola at gmail dot com

sweet birdie blue said...

Great pattern, well done :)

Peta said...

Fantastic! I'm always on the lookout for boys' patterns. These look great.
peta_sutherland@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

OH oh PLEASE CHOOSE me!!!

These are perfect for my tween and teen ager. Especially the 13 YO who wont wear pants and outgrown all our clothes shops AND does not like surfy shops... I am getting desperate.

Sherry said...

Oh I'd love a copy of this pattern. I don't have many patterns for my boy so I think it would be great to surprise him with a new pair of shorts :)
sherryws (at) dodo (dot) com (dot) au

The undomesticated scientist said...

oooo, yes please, both my lad and his litttle sister would love these

Melissa said...

Awesome job on the shorts Toni. Really like the ribbed band. x

Cindy said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This pattern looks awesome and perfect for bigger boys.:)

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Anonymous said...

Great pattern. I have two boys who wuld live in these.

taswege(at)internode(dot)on(dot)net

Erika said...

I love the new pattern. Can't wait to give it a try

Anonymous said...

PS Blogger is playing silly games as usual.

Tas (taswege)

Anonymous said...

Great pattern. My boys would live in these.

taswege(at)internode(dot)on(dot)net

Tas
(Blogger isn't playing nice with my comments at the moment)

Barbarah said...

love, love, love, looooooooooooooove these. Maybe I'll even try them for myself... Definately cool enough for my boy. :)

Masha Boskamp said...

Love them! They look so cool! I'd love to make some for my nephew :)
Masha.boskamp@gmail.com

Kim @ craftyNHmom said...

Those are perfect! I can't wait to try these out for my boys. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Janey Millar said...

Love these! I have way too many awesome patterns for girls (big sprout, little sprout, blossom...)and not enough for the little man in my life. He lives in shorts all summer long (and all winter if I would let him!) so I will be getting this pattern for sure and making multiple flavours! Great giveaway thanks!

Anonymous said...

So excited! Cant wait to make a ton for my little guy!
heatherknapp@charter.net

herzlichgern.de said...

i love THESE!!!!!! they look great!
Say, how can i get these a.s.a.p. to GERMANY?????
Please anser :O))))))))))
we are going to vacation soooooon!
love from germany!
Claudi
here is my e-mail: claudi (at) herzlichgern (dot) de

DianeY said...

This is a definite must-have! Love the ribbed top. My grandson would love them!

Kelly Simonsen said...

What a great pair of shorts! I would love to make a few pairs for my guy. Thanks for the give away!
simon sen photo graphy at g mail dot com

Dana said...

I've got 3 boys and this pattern would be perfect for all of them!! I sure would like to win it.

Juliet said...

You are so right about the knees! I just went through my little boys jeans and all of them are completely worn out just on his knees. I really don't know how he does it, drives me crazy.

Claudia said...

Thanks for the great contest. Love this pattern, and so does my son!

Emily said...

What a great pattern and awesome pictures! :)

menduca said...

I don't have a boy, but my girl is going to love it anyway.
anabelsu@yahoo.es

PeekabooNZ said...

Wow another awesome pattern, I love the look of these!!!Well done and your boy is going to be a heartbreaker! :)
madebypeekaboo@xtra.co.nz

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The Hunter's Prize said...

I love these! What a great idea, and the waist band is the best part.

Caitlin - craftycrackpot said...

Oh, I'd love a new pattern!

craftycrackpot@hotmail.com

ziezo said...

These are great! Perfect for my two little men. . . possibly even for their big sister.

ziezoDesigns at gmail dot com

Clare said...

I love these - especially the ribbing waistband. Come on summer!

Taylored Times said...

These are great! My son will love these.

Delle said...

These are awesome! Always love more boy patterns!

dellenewey@yahoo.com.au

KathyB said...

Great pattern!! The ribbed waist will be "PERFECT" for my very slim 9yo Grandson.

kathbritt@bigpond.com

Jennyroo said...

Great looking pattern! I have 3 little boys, we would give this pattern a workout and then some! :)

Jane from Lil Pip said...

Great pattern Toni - well done. I enjoyed the sneak peaks and was hoping for these!

Would love a pattern - lilpipdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com

Anita said...

Gorgeous! And just what I need for my two little surfy dudes. My eldest loved your cargo combat pants so I know these will be a winner too. fingers crossed 1anitaneville(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Love your new pattern and I can just see my boy wearing them. Keep up the great patterns.
Mandy Hawkins.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for a BOY pattern that's so amazing and versatile. I too have just concluded that my boys love the rib waistband. And I love the reinforced knees. Boys are boys after all :)
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sdare29 said...

Great Job! Love the thought put into them.
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Harriet said...

These look so comfy!
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Anonymous said...

YAYYYY!!!!! A pattern for boys- and not just boys- but BIG boys too!!! So excited to get this pattern and make some for Denver!!! Love it! Love Marns xx

Danielle Gleeson said...

Great pattern Toni! I definitely need this one, can see many make it perfect shorts in the future for Dillon! danii.gleeson@bigpond.com

Emma Fitzsimmons said...

A fabulous, practical boys pattern!!

Andrew & Beth said...

Great boy pattern!! It would be great to sew some of these!! beth_kiernan@hotmail.com

Sant Family said...

I have four boys, I could REALLY use the pattern!

Anonymous said...

Love it!! Is so hard to find wear able boy patterns!

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victoria said...

I LOVE them and would love to make some for my little guy. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jody Herbert said...

They look great! My son would just love them I'm sure. jbherb1(at)bigpond(dot)com

Nic said...

Those long shorts look fantastic. Great fabric choice too. Good idea with the long pockets. Boys are always collecting bit and things. Excellent when pockets are forgotten to be emptied before they go in the washing machine!
nicp42@live.com.au

Anonymous said...

I Love this pattern. It is so hard to find good boys patterns and these look awesome but so practical and comfy. I can't wait to sew some of these. These would make great pyjama pants too.
vgrimsey@netspace.net.au

Anonymous said...

Love these shorts! Can't wait to make some.
sk.meiklejohn@bigpond.com

Rachelle said...

Gorgeous shorts
sable@xtra.co.nz

sewmeafumberlant said...

Awesome shorts! My sister in law has two boys and would love this pattern. She lives in FNQ and finds most commercially made shorts to hot for the climate. Regardless I will be passing this pattern on to her.

Sanchia said...

Yup definately a maker! My two active boys will love these!
sanchia (at) sanchia (dot) com (dot )au

Miss Mandy said...

Oh I like everything you design. Just gorgeous. You inspire me to sew.

Stacey said...

They look fab Toni, such a great idea with the ribbed waist : )

Mika said...

These are LOVELY Toni!!! I have 4 boys and my first thought was that my oldest son would LOVE these, alas, the pattern doesn't go to a 12..bummer! I'll have to buy both ranges to fit the rest of my boys but I think it's worth it. I really love this..the reinforced knee patches is GENIUS!

brendae said...

Oh, my nearly 7 year old would love a pair or two of these. What a great pattern!

Raina said...

Awesome shorts! Love to have the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

raina@earls.net

Sally said...

Great design Toni. Thanks for the chance to win.

virtuallysally [at] gmail [dot] com

Gali said...

so great.
my boys (all 3 of them) would love it.
:)
katz.gali(at)gmail.com

beth lehman said...

!!!! THESE are FANTASTIC!!! So great for a boy!

LaniRose said...

Oh I need to make my son shorts this summer. Your pattern looks perfect, love the ribbed waist.

Lora said...

These are perfect for boys! Thanks for the chance to win. lorajarvis(at)gmail(dot)com

Lauren said...

I would love to make my little man some of these cool long boards! Thanks for the giveaway!

KorFor said...

Love love love these.. I have two boys, what a great pair of shorts!

Katie said...

Love these shorts! They'd be great for my son, who is ALWAYS beating up his knees!

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Rebecca said...

Fantastic pattern, I have 3 girls and they all want a pair as well!!! Please mum but in pink and purple please! I will be owning this pattern soon!

Ingrid said...

Love the easy wear style, and the extra reinforce knees!
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Val Miller said...

These are fantastic! I will be buying the pattern (if I don't win)!!!
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NoEn said...

really love it.. awesome!!!

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shima said...

ooo i wish i can get the pattern for free.. since i've 4 boys.. and it's worthy to try out this..

Joanne said...

The ribbed waist is such a great idea. You are so right - boys love comfy clothes and pockets!!

Joanne said...

The ribbed waist is such a great idea. You are so right - boys love comfy clothes and pockets!!

Pam said...

Love these! The ribbed waist is a great idea!
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Connie said...

Sure hope I win this pattern 'cause I can't figure out how to buy it. -- Would love to make some for my grandsons. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I love the pattern, just what my grandson would enjoy wearing. Thank you for the opportunity.
gchilman@internode.on.net

Lima Bean said...

I hope to win this pattern--I have four boys at home who would love some of these shorts.

Kylie said...

What great looking shorts. I love that band in shorts. It makes them so easy to pull on and off for boys.
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Rose said...

I love all your patterns! And I would love to win this one! I already own several of your patterns, although haven't got around to making all of them (yet) and they are always so easy to sew and look great. I'm just making the blossom skirt for my 3 yr old, although not easy finding time with a newish baby...
rosie_primrose (at) hotmail (dot) com

Christine said...

Wow these look awesome, I'd love to make a pair for my nephew

Kim said...

Amazing! Love the reinforced knees. K.crawford77@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the ribbed waist!

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Lindsay said...

Love these! I have a 4 year old who would wear the heck out these!

Thu Nga Nguyen said...

Please send me one copy for my boy 3 years old at thunga.travel(at)gmail.com
Thank you

Pascale Tichelaar-Rakers said...

Hi, what a nice patern. I like to make this one for my little boy of 1,5years old.

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