Archives for the month of: April, 2013

I’ve been trying to find a good pattern to make trousers for W (who’s just three) for a while. When he was tiny, I used Rae’s Big Butt Baby Pants pattern (I love that name!), which was great, but after a while I wanted something more grown up. I tried the trouser patterns in Sewing For Boys, but they were huge for my slim little one, and I thought it would be just be too much trouble to make them fit. Finally I found a¬†free pattern on Whole Grain Baby (which, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be available any more). It is still too wide but much closer and ticks lots of boxes as it has a flat front, false fly, and great pockets. I took out an inch in width from the front and back of each of the legs and shortened the crotch about an inch as well (as in my first version he looked like he was wearing drop crotch trousers, Justin Bieber-style, which wasn’t exactly the look I was going for). Here’s his new pair in dark brown cord.

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These were so popular that, having tried them on, he wouldn’t let me take them off to finish the hems. So we went out all frayed. Worse things can happen.

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I’ve been trying to make a pair of trousers that fits me perfectly for a LONG time. I started with a New Look pattern and despite making eight (eight!) muslins, I couldn’t get them to fit properly. I took Sandra Betzina’s Craftsy class, I read ‘Pants for Real People’ cover-to-cover, I scoured the internet, but nothing I tried worked. Then I decided to rub off a RTW pair which fitted me quite well and had sadly come to the end of their natural life.

I made a wearable muslin with my rubbed-off pattern. The front was fine, but I still had too much fabric under the bum at the back. I tried Sandra Betzina’s fix, which involves cutting a little sliver off the top of the inside leg seam at the back, so that the back is slightly shorter than the front, and stretching the back to fit while sewing.

Here is my second attempt at the rubbed-off pattern, with the fix. It’s another wearable muslin made from a ¬†synthetic gabardine from John Lewis. Again, I think the front looks fine (the ‘whiskers’ are from sitting down, not because it’s tight!).

Grey trousers front

I’m less convinced about the back. I think there’s still too much fabric under the bum.

grey trousers back

Next thing to try is a fish-eye dart! Wish me luck!