Tag Archives: boys pants

Growing kids

I brought up some fabric to cut out a pair of pants for my 12-year-old son. I was disappointed and surprised to discover that I would need more fabric, as his legs have grown!

Upon further examination, I discovered that most of the pieces of fabric that I have purchased over the last 10 years to make pants for my sons are now too small to use for the 12-year-old.

Although he is petite and a very picky eater, I’m sure the 10-year-old is not far behind. That leaves the 5 -year-old boy. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel any panic at all.

I can combine two small pieces of fabric to create a color block shirt. Colorblocking is NOT really appropriate for pants,  unless you were just adding patches, or pocket facings for interest. What boys need, are pants. Boys, destroy pants, much faster, than they destroy shirts.  April is the 12-year-old’s month. I would like to make him at least two pairs of pants, before the end of the month. However, at the moment, I only have one piece of fabric that is big enough to make him a pair of pants.

Don’t get me wrong. I have MUCH fabric in my basement that is long enough to make him a pair pants! Pretty pink plaids,  yellow and lime green fleece, many printed tee shirt materials, velvets and minky, and flannels in lime green and orange.

None of these fabrics are appropriate for a boy who is entering grade 7 in September.  I feel as though what I am experiencing,has less to do with what’s in my stash, and more to do with the sensation every mother experiences  over and over again as her child grows,

My Baby Is All Grown Up! 😢

KWIK SEW 2858

I have had this pattern since my oldest was 4. He is 11 now. I have made these pants many times, with many variations, never exactly like the pattern. This time I added cuffs, and a contrasting waistband and contrasting pocket inserts. I did not do side leg cargo pockets or back pockets, because these are, after all, jammie pants in batman flannel. I am very pleased with how these turned out. What functional item will I sew up next, out of my big basement stash? I love making pants. Everybody needs pants.

Red polar fleece

Natasha commented that I seem to be adding this particular red polar fleece to every single project lately. I didn’t even realize I was doing that until she said something. So I think I will blog a series of posts, all the current projects with the polar fleece IN THEM….wait till she sees these pants. She is going to flip!!!

IMG_0801

Another uber cute pair of jammie pants. These are for the 4 year old boy. The pockets are ridiculously huge, but so so cute. He loves to shove his hands deep into the pockets and walk around like that, all hunched over.

One pocket is actually lower than the other. OOOPS. That’s the problem with winging it. I attach the patch pockets before the legs are formed, so its hard to eyeball them. Next time I will measure them to make sure they are the same height. IMG_0800This is how I lay out plaid pants. Matching the plaid on the side seams is nearly impossible so I eliminate the side seam all together. I lay the pattern pieces together, overlapping where the side seam would be. So cut out like this, I have two pieces of fabric to make a pair of pants. Construct pants as if you have already sewn up the side seam.

IMG_0805This is the new waistband method again, not doing pocket waistbands anymore. Sew the elastic into a circle, then stretch it to match the wasitband size, and attach it to the edge of the fabric, in this case, by serger. fold in one time, and secure again on bottom of elastic edge, making a casing. One day I will learn a stitch that I both love and that also looks very professional, but for now, I love my zig zag stitch, even though it looks homemade. This zig zag stitch stands up to all the wear and tear my kids dish out, so I struggle to use something fancier that won’t be as rugged.

IMG_0767Giving credit where credit is due, this is the pattern I used, and I am very happy with the way the size 4 fit.

IMG_0804Love this stitch.

IMG_0802Here is the cuff that I did correctly. I was so excited to be nearly done.

IMG_0803

Then I rushed to finish and I sewed this cuff on inside out. So I will have to do a bit of stitch ripping and resewing. But all in all, I am very very pleased with yet another perfectly wonderful pair of super cute jammie pants. I have to add one more thing….a button on the front so he can tell front from back. This is why I usually add bum pockets too, so it’s obvious to the little boys which side is the back. I have more scraps of the contrasting red fabric, maybe I still will add butt pockets. Probably just a button though…..

Another great pair of pants DONE

IMG_0384 IMG_0385 IMG_0386 IMG_0387 IMG_0406 IMG_0407

My kids complain that there are no pockets in the pants I made them with the piping or cording down the sides. These are very thick polar fleece, so I opted to add cargo pockets on top of the side seams instead of bulky in seam side pockets. I know the polar fleece doesn’t fray at all, so I didn’t even finish off the edges, just turned to top under “for looks” and sewed the pockets on. In hind sight, I regret using accent color thread. I should have used black, or white.

Every pair of pants I make, I make a pocket waist band, and insert the elastic through the space. I have always used high quality elastic. I dont understand why, but on my boys’s pants, the elastic ALWAYS folds in half!!! This drives me bananas.

So, for this pair, I actually sewed the elastic to the fabric, carefully pinning it, so each section would scrunch up evenly. Such technical terms. Then, I folded the fabric over the elastic, and sewed it down. Once this was done, I was so upset to see that one side of the waistband was practically flat, and the other side was gathered nicely. If you look closely you can see this in the waist band photo. I hope it sorts itself out in the wash.

My kids can never tell the difference between the front and the back of the pants I make unless I add bum pockets. I am hoping to soon learn how to add a fake fly.

As these pants don’t have back pockets, I added a fake label to the back of the pants using seam binding.  Aren’t I clever!!

Then I hemmed them just in time for the 10 year old to arrive home from school. I made him try them on, and he put my lunch drink in one of the pockets.

I was rewarded with, “These are the best pants ever, MOM, thanks.”

That was nice of him. Now, we will see if he actually ever wears them, or if he was just saying that to be nice to his sewing MUM.

McCalls 5952 pirate pjs

I seem to have forgotten to blog on these pants! And I had so much fun making them! After cutting out the baby’s lady bug pants one piece at a time, I decided cutting fabric single layer wasn’t so bad. So I gathered up these flannell remnants I had. I cut out each front and each back single layer, making it the opposite of the piece before. One thing you HAVE to remember to do when doing this, is to flip your pattern piece face down for half your cuts and face up for the othe half. Or, you will end up with two right fronts and no left fronts etc. 

I didn’t really have enough to make full length pants, so I hemmed them with bias tape so as not to lose any length. Did I mention how much I love using bias tape on everything? Lol. Then I cut out the pockets from the extra scraps. I even added a silly patch to one side to make the pants even more pirate like. 

The pj pants are just so silly and fun. I want to hug my kid every time he wears them, because he is so darn cute in them! Especially when he shoves his hands deep into his front pockets and scowls. How  to smile every time your offspring has a temper tantrum? Super cute pants, of course!  

        

These pockets are going to look even cooler after they are washed and dried a few times. The close zig zag will prevent fraying, and the edges will be soft, like a great favorite pair of old cut offs. 

  
  

Camp weekend pants

#1 and #2 went to scouts camp this weekend past. Husband went to man camp. I basically pulled an all nighter Friday night and sewed. 

I downloaded a FREE pattern from either nap-timecreations.com or dana-made-it.com . 

When I printed the boys size 10  mesh pants pattern pdf both websites were printed on it. 

I’m new to blogging and to giving credit using hyperlinks so please feel free to comment some tips and tricks if I’m doing it wrong. 

I am THRILLED with these two new pants for the 10 year old. 

I didn’t read the tutorial, silly me, I thought that would take too long, so I just went for it. In hindsight, I lost about an hour staring at the paper trying to figure out which line was size 10. I think it was just me. It was, sort of, the middle of the night, after all. 

Once I had the pattern taped together, these pants went together fast. I didn’t put ANY pockets on. I just really wanted them to be done. I feel like I have gotten comfortable sewing easy projects, now with 4 kids. Especially since I found my zipper foot to add in the corded stripe on the side. This time it was SO EASY. So, I am ready to try out some more things I used to sew with ease before kids. Like, front pockets, or side seam pockets. Attached waistbands, on top of front pockets, instead of fold over waistbands. 

I sewed the first pair according to the pattern, but I laid the two pieces together, so there is no side seam. I find them a bit wide in the leg, near the bottom. The second go round I cut both front and back, and I tapered the inseam slightly. They are narrower, but I think if I sew a third pair WITH POCKETS ! 😀 I will narrow the leg even more. But that’s just fashion changing. We will see how they fit once he actually puts them on, but so far, it’s a really great pattern, for a free pattern!!!

I am loving using the serger. It really makes project completion so fast and easy. 

Look closely at one of the pants. That’s right, gorgeous, soft, silky, dressy stretch corduroy, turned inside out. Looks just like every other pair of sport pants out there. I bought this gorgeous fabric to make my 3 boys three pairs of dress pants. One brown fabric became a Barney costume for Fred and Barney from the Flinstones. Now, a second fabric became a pair of boys sport pants. What can I say. These pants are easy. They are not fancy. But when your kid says, MOM! These are awesome! Who are they for??? Yes!!! Can I wear them right now??? I feel like I am the world best Mom, and top clothing designer and university trained seamstress all rolled into one. Who could ask for anything more? 

   
  

No side seams.

        

 

As soon as he tries these on for length, I will be hemming these babies!!!

Kwik Sew 2858 Altered size 4

the first time I saw my AUNT do this I thought she was out of her mind. But after I gave birth to number 4 I had no time to pin, pin, pin. So I went for it. And I learned something. Spend the bucks on really, really, good sewing scissors. Don’t use them for anything else. Cut carefully and slowly. Be confident. Sewing is what matters for garment perfection, not cut out.  

Plus you can plan what to have for supper as you cut out your project. 

   

Looks like it’s going to be some kind of creamy beany chilli today, with a side of ravioli!

 

Ignore the food on the floor. Baby eating while I was cutting. 

This is crap fabric. It is some weird stretchy stuff. I should be making dinosaur and turtle toys out of it, not pants. But here is the thing. Boys put holes in pants. Often at the knees. So why am I buying poorly made pants, for good money, for them to blow holes in???? So this is a great earthy trendy green for boys pants, I love to sew, and it won’t cost me any more money to clothe them out of my fabric horde. 

The grainy side of the pants will be the outside. Like sport pants. 

  
The fuzzy side of the fabric will be the inside of the pants. Say it with me, ooooooh cozy. 

  

Boys Pants #4, Cut Out Mondays

I am having a lot of trouble using WORDPRESS the way I think I should be able to. So I am starting a new format as of today, based on what the website is forcing me to do. I think I must be very inept at these sorts of things, or I simply don’t have the hours to fiddle till I self teach each trick. For now I will post writing, as I am really struggling with the posting of pictures into the text. I am extremely disappointed over this. How can you post about SEWING without PICTURES? But so it goes. A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. So, I shall conform to what I believe I CAN do with WORDPRESS till I learn better. 

Mondays are my day to cut out pants. 

I cut out all the pieces I need for this weeks project. I am very very pleased that I got that finished. It was a good omen, I had enough fabric for everything with no adjustments, and the cut out went very smoothly. 

This pair of pants is for my 9 year old boy. The fabric is an extremely heavy grey fleece, not a polar fleece, a regular, old fashioned, sweatshirt fleece, and it is a beautiful heavy weight. It is a grey/black/white fleck on the right side, and a soft, cozy comfy fleecy white on the wrong side. As soon as I pulled it out of the black bag, I was stuck with how perfect for BOY PANTS the fabric was. I was also struck by the word JOCK. These are the pants they wear. I immediately saw it in my head. That is a good sign with any sewing project. 

I cut out a front and a back pant. I am not going to do side pockets at all, either in seam or on top. I am going to do some detailing on the side seams instead. I did however, cut out back seat pockets, because boys need pockets of some kind somewhere on their pants to store things like wadded up gum and trading cards and rocks they want to keep and stuff like that. 

At this point I began planning for the sewing, and discovered that I don’t own any grey thread whatsoever. I think that is most bizarre. Who doesn’t own GREY? However, given the white/grey/black fleck in the fabric and the heavy white fleecing on the wrong side, which I actually plan to show in some parts of these pants, I have decided to sew them all in white. 

I am excited to start the construction tomorrow, but I must pace myself, go slow,don’t rush, pin and check the seam before sewing, or I will be ripping out seams as much as I am putting them in again. That is referring to the navy blue track pants for the 9 year old, the post I haven’t finished yet, because I had so much trouble with the photos. 

I look forward to your comments. 

 

Pants in a Week 1

My 7 yr old refused to pose for me with his new pants on even though he really loves them. I am not going to force him to pose my blog, I am o.k . with that. This time. LOL.

IMG_1967

So here they are. They are pretty simple, but that’s the plan, to just keep it simple, and get them done, one right after another.

These pants are made from a heavy brown polar fleece. My boys love polar fleece so I started with that because I needed the chance of the kid liking the home made pants to be high.

IMG_1970

Because the fabric is very heavy, and I wanted the pockets in the side seams to lay flat, I chose to use a contrasting thin fabric, in this case, a scrap of plaid flannel.

IMG_1968

 

It was important to me that he put them on forward, as there is no fly, or rear seat pockets so I added a button so he would know what side was front. This also helps to keep the pockets flat, if he doesn’t put his pants on backwards.  Again I used a different fabric(bias tape) for the waistband, because I was worried about how think a waistband made from several layers of polar fleece would lay against his skin and bone structure. My 7 year old is SO skinny, that’s 90% of why I am sewing pants from scratch to begin with. It is an elastic waistband all the way around. He says the waistband is a perfect fit, not too tight, not falling off.

IMG_1969

 

This is a picture of the top stitching on the pocket opening because I am very proud of it and then how the tops stitched side pocket fit into the side seam. The pants ended up being almost too short. I did a very narrow hem with two rows of top stitching. You can see from the bum in this picture, that these pants are actually quite wide too. Next pair for this kid I am going to narrow the entire leg pieces for a better fit for his skinny self.