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Perfect Play Pants

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These cute pants flew off the machine a few weeks ago. They have been worn and even thrown in the wash a few times. The boy needed pants that fit so photos and posts had to wait.

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looks like that long shirt got tucked at some point ūüėõ

Mr K loves them, they are made out of a medium weight jersey knit, so they are just so comfy. The waist is elasticized with a mock fly. I used yellow thread that you cannot see well in any photo I snapped, but trust me adds that little touch o’ cute.

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  the pockets are left over baby blanket flannel. Both fabrics were grabbed from the basement of Dress Sew (great store in down town Vancouver)
The pattern is one of my go to’s the basic pant from Made. Adjusted to fit a bit slimmer and longer , on my tall lean man.¬† I’ve¬† and of coarse added pockets.

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Like I said these have been in circulation for weeks now,  I grabbed a photo opp this past weekend.  We were enjoying a Sunday afternoon with friends and I noticed K was wearing his new yoga pants.

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Anyway they hold up well in the day to day ruff n’ tumble of boy play. He can move freely ! Play hard and has a pocket to holster his water pistol in !

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he got shot down

ps: the grass stains came out easy

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celebrate pants

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So I’m loving the celebrate the boy posts on Made and Made by Rae. I mainly sew for the little boys in my life, so the inspiration is always welcome.

To join in the celebration I’ve once again put a cut out project for me on the back burner. Kids cloths are just way more fun some times. Since the littles have both had a growth spurt their pants are looking like floods. K will pull on a pair in the morning then we all laugh as K dances around in his too short pants.

yep he's already dirty

yep he’s already dirty

The first pair to come together are the field trip cargo pants from Oliver + S. This is my first time using the pattern, and I found it nice and easy with good directions. Mock flys will no longer be a mystery to me !

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I used a yummy soft interlock knit, from my local shop Sundrop Textiles, ( if you live in the Vancouver area this is a great shop,) and an old hoodie material for the dark brown patches. 

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This is also my first attempt at darts (in the knee pieces and cargo pockets) for some reason I had them filed under difficult in my head and they are not.  The cargo pocket turned out ok, for a first attempt. The interlock is quite a thick fabric, so it was tricky to keep the iron lines and shape while sewing them on. I chose to skip the top flap, they just annoy and frustrate my 2 yr old when he is adding stuff to his pockets. 

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I used the ribbing on the hoodie for the waist, copying lil’ E most comfy store¬† bought pants. and now i think I’ll have to stuff some elastic in there too, his pants kept riding low at the park today *sigh.

falling down pants

falling down pants

We all know the best part about this crazy sewing stuff¬† we do is when our kids like what we made. Lil’ E just loves these pants he is pocket crazy and walks around with his hands in the side pockets. His big smile lets you know he feels so special having something made just for him.

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Stripes – PR&P sew along

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The theme for week 2 of PR&P is stripes and polka dots and I’m sewing along

I chose to do some comphy pants for little E out of an up-cycled jersey knit cardigan. The pattern¬†is the go to pants pattern¬†for me, Dana’s Basic Kid Pant.¬†The design evolved when I realized E was getting much too tall for 1 shirt to be large enough for pants.

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I wanted the stripes to be¬†going lengthwise down his legs, but could not fit all the pattern pieces onto the cardigan. Solution, slim the¬†upper part of the pant off (¬†the¬†part that¬†makes up the rise ) and add a¬†butt panel. The stripes are flipped 90¬į¬†so they run in¬†opposite stripiness.¬†Cute but subtle¬†I thought.

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Since one part of the pants had some¬†great stripiness¬†going on , I thought why stop there… so the shin part of the pant also has the stripes flipped 90¬į. The legs¬†have a slight taper modification to them,¬† and the waist is gathered with a wide band of¬†dark blue¬†ribbing, like a yoga pant.¬†The overall effect makes them look like a baggy pirate pant. arrg!

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Since the fabric is light weight, and it is January I added a lining. This is made from some jersey knit sheets I grabbed at $5.99 each a bit ago for sewing ( I know, way cheaper than fabric on a bolt .) The lining is constructed the same as the pants, only the legs are one whole piece ( no flipped shin stripes seam) and sewn with extra cm deep seam allowance so they fit easily inside the outer pant.

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Almost all the seams were sewn on Betty the serger, and wow what a difference it made. There was very little mis-shaping or stretching.¬†It really sped up the process to sew and finish in one step. I did somehow manage to¬†have her eat my material though. I thought that it was a bit impossible for a serger to do that, apparently not¬†ūüôā It took a bit to extract too. And re-thread ….then make her happy again.

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I’m really pleased with the way these¬† pants turned out, first off they are light weight but cozy, due to the lining.

Second they are supper soft feeling, nice buttery jersey knit up-cycled cardigan, so they feel like your fav old shirt.

Last but certainly not least, after all the raised eyebrows from the teen and “those are pajamas for inside, right ?”¬† from the husband, both like them on lil’ E and think they are cute.

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So there you have it funky stripy toddler pants.