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Suddenly its Summer, or, See You in September

Meanwhile in Canada, its gone from -27’C to +27’C.

3 boys asking to wear shorts everyday.

Shorts?

I’ve been sewing you all pants, all year, and now you are asking for SHORTS?!?

I have a huge pile of pants with the knees blown out… (Did I mention 3 boys?)

I won’t blog about hemming pants into shorts, but that’s what I will be doing for a while now….

My in laws arrive from the other side of Canada on June 12.

I won’t sew while they are here for a month…

And, I won’t sew over July and August, while all 4 kids, and hubby are off, and  home for the summer months.

I will try to throw up an occasional photo over the hot days….

Take Care of You, and Keep on Sewing ON!

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Actually? Now, What the Hell? Help! Kwik Sew 3275 size 8

Would you look at what happened after a few washes? What the hell?

Feedback, please!!!

More fabrics from the basement, and a pattern from my binder. Nothing new bought for this. Actually, really exciting news. While cleaning in my fabric hell I was able to combine 2 blue bags into 1! It was during that process I came across these pants, already cut out, with the pattern pieces still attached. If my memory serves me right I was attempting to alter the size 8 pattern to fit my 12 year old and discovered they were, again, too short. In frustration I threw them into the pit of dispair. Well, discovering them now is Gods perfect timing, as the 10 yr old just asked for more cozy pants.

Boys pants must have pockets. I chose a contrasting remnant to make the pockets. Too weird? I think the top stitching helps make them look store bought. I love top stitching. I really enjoy doing it, and I really like the look. Chalk line will disappear once I wash them….

I added a heavy ribbing waist for the elastic casing, but in reality, when he finally tried them on, they are a few inches too long, so I could have just turned under a waist band.

To compensate, I made a wide ankle cuff, and put elastic in, to keep the pants from dragging on the floor until he grows a wee bit taller.

Overall, I am very, very pleased with the completed pants.

And, it’s gone from my basement forever! That’s the best part!

Burda 9641 #2

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Don’t I have great socks? Just when I was down to about 5 pairs of socks a friend emptied her sock stash and gifted me many pairs. This is the way the Lord provides.

Back to sewing. I do not sew my own socks. Yet. Back to sewing PANTS.

These are again pants for the 12 year old. I narrowed the leg substantially, tapering it down to the ankle, along the inseam. Pants are narrower in fashion right now, and I didn’t want pants for school to look like baggy sweats on him.

I made this version in black French terry. I have mixed feelings about the result. It drapes. It’s not what I expected for kids casual pants…

I can’t believe how long his legs are, and growing more every time I measure him for pants. I actually didn’t have enough fabric AGAIN.

As a result I made the waistband out of ribbing. I made the pockets out of T-knit. I ADDED a ribbing cuff, because these were a tiny bit too short AGAIN!!! And he still is a skinny kid. None of the store bought pants that are long enough in the leg stay up around the waist.

Next up, this same pattern, in a softshell. He has requested waterproof wind proof cozy pants that don’t look like snow pants.

 

Boys size 14, Burda 9641

As always, I welcome your comments and questions.

I find the legs a little wide at the bottom still, but when I look at the photos, I see that is how the pattern is. I rushed to finish these so I forgot to attempt the fake fly.

Not enough fabric for the full length of the waistband. I thought I could stretch the waistband to fit the pants. Ended up with a pucker. Damn.

This kid is desperate for pants that fit. If this PJ tester fits well, I will make this pattern again with more pockets, narrower lower leg, and fake fly…

 

 

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! 😢<<<<
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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!!!

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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.

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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

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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.