This is why I really like Ottobre for boy sewing. They have a range of sizes for boys and girls, and have some fun and unique styles. Now, they do not have a ton of older boy patterns, but the ones they do are interesting designs. I looked through my 2+ years of subscriptions, and there were a few per issue. Most of them were in the winter issues where they had several options. The summer had less in the ones I have, at least.
There are two things to know before diving into Ottobre.
First, this is what you have to use to trace the patterns. They are not the most user-friendly. You have to trace the patterns and add seam allowances:
Second, the instructions are sparse in the directions. They will carve out picture directions for harder things like welt pockets and putting in a zipper, but the rest has just dialogue. It is best to know basic construction before tackling one of their more detailed garments. For example, with the cargo shorts here, there were pictures of the back pockets, the zipper, and that was it. The rest had some dialogue that made sense, but still not a lot of detail.
This outfit is from Ottobre 3/2010 and the pieces are #35 and #36. I used an appliqué from the Silhouette store that I cut out on flocked grey iron on vinyl. The shirt was supposed to be color blocked, but I just did it as one piece.
Special Materials required: The cargo shorts are a bottom weight fabric. It uses elastic in the back waist, velcro on the pocket, and a zipper and a snap/button for the front fly. The shirt is two soft knits.
Overall Pattern Rating: This outfit turned out very nice, and he loved it. I will definitely be using these patterns again, and I will make him more outfits. I would give it a 4 out of 5 for the cargo shorts (due to difficulty) and a 5 out of 5 for the t-shirt.
If you want to check out more Ottobre patterns that I have used, I did an Ottobre S.W.A.P. for my son a few years ago.