Apparently I don’t even know how big around my kids are. I don’t know if it’s because they change and grow and get skinny and then bulk up again before the next growth spurt…
The one thing I have a real issue with is sizing elastic waist bands! It seems so simple, the elastic stretches for Goodness sakes! Even with this concept sometimes I don’t get it right. Sometimes the pants fall right off of them, or, even with the elastic all the way around, the kids complain they are just too tight. I did try to mimic the store bought adjustable waistbands in a few pairs of pants…3 to be exact. C seems happy with hers, M refuses to wear his ever, and I have not yet heard from J if he has any thoughts on the fit or fussiness of it.
Adding the two buttonholes and sewing the elastic down and handstitching in buttons is fine if you’re making a pair of pants from scratch. On this pair, I had already completed them and the elastic was too small and too tight, and she complained about them every time I put them on her. So I cut a hole in the Tknit, because I know it won’t fray. And then I did a cheat. I don’t like the way it looks from the outside of the front of the pants because of how much the button seems to pull to one side or the other. My girl could care less about this little fact, though. Now that they have been hacked, she is quite comfortable in them, in fact, she wore them for 24 hours straight and refused to take them off, the last time she wore them with the new bigger waistband.
So if the photos don’t make it clear, the button is on the inside of the waistband, the cut facing her belly button. The button goes through a buttonhole on both ends of the elastic. So instead of having to adjust to adjust at each hip,which is a good idea in pants with a fly or a front opening, just one adjustment at the center front of these pull on pants.
I’m about to start another pair of pants for her…. in flannel, not knit, and I really want to finish them fast, as the end of the month is approaching quickly. I do want to include buttonhole elastic, i’m just not exactly sure how I’m going to make it work this time.