as of today, i’ve been blogging for four years. i’ve been “a blogger” for most of this kid’s life! kinda crazy.
i started the blog after resisting jumping into it for a while, but after Erin and Danielle both made me realize it would be way better than just posting photos on flickr, i finally went for it. blogging really has changed my life in a bunch of ways – i’ve met people around the world (and even here in town) that i never would have met, it’s pushed me to sew things i never would’ve sewn, i’ve felt encouragement and support and i’ve learned so much – it’s just been really cool.
my posting has been a bit more sporadic since kid #3 came on the scene – basically i realized sleep is really important (i’m getting better at limiting my obligations to others so i can sew/blog at my own pace), but i still love having this space, am proud of what i’ve built here, and excited to continue to share what i make because i love the give and take of it all. so hey! thanks for a great four years! let’s talk about some pants.
this little goofball is modeling a pair of trousers i actually made during kid’s clothes week. i don’t remember what happened to cause them to be dragged out for as long as they were, but it took me the whole week to sew them. i think i was working on something else at the time too, maybe? anyway, couldn’t let a KCW go by without participating in some way; KCW makes my world go round!
the theme for the last kid’s clothes week was “Upcycle,” and these pants are made from a pair of my husband’s old pants. i’ve been trying to make a dent in my upcycle pile; it’s too big and sometimes spills out onto my feet from its mound under my cutting table.
it’s getting trickier to cut kid pants from man pants in his size! cutting the legs was tricky and i and had to piece together the waistband. not sure how much longer i’ll be able to pull it off.
the waistband lining was a gift from Tara, and pocket bags are leftover chambray from this shirt. i wrote the size onto some twill tape; trying to get better about labeling my kid clothes with sizes because as C grows, sometimes i’m not sure when to pull out O’s outgrown stuff for him to wear!
if you happen to need a visual guide to sewing a welt pocket, i did a tutorial post for Oliver + S walking you through Liesl’s instructions step-by-step. you can find that here.
the pattern is the Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers in a size 3. these pants are sized pretty generously, especially in length, which I knew ahead of time. i wanted to make pants he’d grow into, and clearly that was achieved. the fly is faux but i added bar tacks at the base of the fly and on the side curve – it seems that those little bits of stitching details take boy pants into “legit” territory at first glance.
i do feel like i should’ve added more topstitching – namely at the front pockets and around the welts – but it’s fine without them too.
i also whipped up a new belt for him since the one i made for his first pair of SFSJs is too small now (as are the jeans themselves!). i lucked out and found more of the same webbing at Joann that i used before! it’s only like $2 a yard so keep your eyes open for it if you need to make the easiest belt ever. just a couple D rings and you’re all set.
i took these photos up on a weekend trip to the Puget Sound, because beach photos are the best.
now i’m gonna throw you for a loop and put up the month-old KCW button! it’s tradition!
(plus if i don’t get some green in this st. paddy’s day post, i’ll get pinched)