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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! 😢

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!!!