inspiration: holiday sewing for boys

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought it’d be fun to show a few inspiring images of boy outfits, along with fabric and pattern suggestions too!


Plaid shirt  boden

mini boden


Sew a Sketchbook Shirt in a great red and green flannel or a classic blue or white shirting for a comfy but classic layering piece.  Check out these real examples – plaid flannel by Kim MacMillan, white by Spool Sewing.

Vest outfit



If you’re in a warmer climate, pair the Sketchbook Shirt + Shorts with the Art Museum Vest in a solid color linen or twill and you’ve got yourself a dapper little outfit, just like this one from mcholley1!





Colorblock the Field Trip Raglan in a heavy interlock or felted adult sweaters (go up a size for layering) and throw it over a Sketchbook Shirt with some brightly colored Art Museum Trousers or After School Pants for a modern, casual look.


Classic holiday

teensy tots


Or go classically formal with a red tartan Art Museum Vest + Trousers (especially dapper with a white shirt and tie underneath!).  The Art Museum pattern would be great in a more casual corduroy or herringbone flannel as well, as shown over at Better off Thread and Pippi1997.

Here are some fabric suggestions found over at Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

For shirts:


house of wales plaid | white oxford | blue oxford


For vests/trousers:

More fabrics

black yarn dyed essex linen/cotton | green velveteen | red 21-wale corduroyshetland herringbone flannel


Got any ideas to add, or links to share of holiday/formal boy sewing you’ve done with Oliver + S patterns?  Please leave them in the comments!



  1. Jenny

    I love seeing how the O + S patterns are reflected in children’s RTW. Inspiring.

  2. I sewed up my favourite O+S pattern The Sketchbook shirt and shorts(as trousers) for Hugo, for a wedding. by trimmimg the collar interfacing in half, length wise, the collar folded nicely to be worn with a tie.
    Eeep, he was so little.

  3. Rae

    Love these ideas!! SO cute 🙂

  4. tara

    now all we need is a blazer to go with it! hehe. hint hint

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