If you are reading this and are interested in sewing for children then I’m sure you’re already aware that we’re in the throes of Kids Clothes Week Fall 2013…day two to be precise. I’m working away on many projects and trying to squeeze them all into this one little week. I find that the sewing is manageable – it’s the photographing, editing and writing that sucks away all the time.
So, in the interest of high sewing productivity, this post will be short and sweet.
These jeans are made from Figgy’s Banyan Pants pattern. I’ve made the shorts version once before – you can read the full pattern review here (and I’d forgotten until now just how detailed it is!). Just for a point of comparison and to give you an idea of the different direction this pattern can go in, here is a pic of the shorts version.
- Size. My son is almost 9 and very, very skinny…like green bean skinny…I guess these trousers are rather appropriate! I made a size 6/7 for the trousers but extended it to the length of size 8/9. This worked well for trousers (so glad I didn’t go any bigger) but they’re still a teeny tiny bit too short. He can wear them for now but I’m going to have a think about how to lengthen them – with the cuff at the bottom it’s not as simple as just letting down the hem.
- The fabric is a green denim that I bought from Jo-Ann’s while I was in the States this past summer. This was my first time sewing jeans. I used a jeans sewing needle (that sucker is thick!) and, for the most part, it was no more difficult than quilting-weight cotton.
- Since discovering flocking (read all about it here), I want to add it to everything. George liked the idea of a lightning bolt so we worked out that part together and added it to the back pocket. It’s very hard not to get carried away with it!
- And finally, I added petrol blue piping to the slanted pocket seam. I think it’s subtle enough for a 8-year-old boy to get away with and still satisfies my craving for adding details.
I’m happy to tick this off my sewing list (it’s been on there since buying the fabric in July). George is happy with his new pair of trousers and, if we’re lucky, he can wear them a full week before he grows another three inches and they sit in my ‘repairs and alterations’ box patiently waiting for some length to be added!
Onwards and upwards! Next up – Oliver +s Book Report Dress and Go To Patterns Leggings.
Hope you’re all enjoying this week of frantic kid sewing – all the photos in the KCW Flickr pool and on the KCW blog and beyond inspiring – I literally have to drag myself away from the computer and into my sewing room!
Thanks for reading,