Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Well not really my first pair of pants but the first pair of pants I have made! Two pairs actually!
I had bought this camo print cotton fabric recently from Lincraft and my oldest son (almost 7yo) asked me if I could make him a pair of pants and a vest out of it. That wasn't my intended use for the fabric but it didn't matter. He wanted them to wear to a birthday party. Now I had never even attempted to make a pair of pants before so trawled the net for a free pattern and came across the KID Pants at dana-made-it.com
I decided that as the camo print fabric was quite thin that I would either need to reinforce the bottom and knee areas or line the inside of the pants. I had some light tan coloured tracksuit fleece already so decided it would be perfect! So the night before the birthday party I got to work. The KID Pant pattern is a sz3-4 so I knew I needed to increase the pattern size. I estimated how much extra to add both in width and length and hoped that it would work out ok. I really should have just gone and measured my son while he was sleeping but I didn't want to disturb him, or I could have used another pair of his pants as a guide for size but I didn't think of that at the time! I didn't quite get them finished before I went to bed but managed to finish them the following day and as I had put the fleece lining in them I made them so that they can be folded up at the bottom (really just in case they were too long!). I didn't get around to making his request of matching vest, though he was happy enough with the pants. I also made another pair of pants the same for my 3.5yo son.
I am pretty happy with the end result, especially as they are the first pair(s) of pants I have ever made, and more importantly that they fit!
Over the weekend of July 28-31 the Craft & Quilt Fair came to Melbourne! I managed to squeeze in a trip there on the Sunday afternoon with my lovely Mum for company. We both had an enjoyable afternoon at the fair and I came home with some bits and pieces from various stores including some gorgeous ribbons and some fabric in kids prints. Next time I go to the fair I will make sure I have the whole day free as an afternoon just wasn't enough time!