I found a beautiful, thin wale corduroy at the fabric store a while back and bought enough to make a pair of pants for K. I told K I was going to make him a new pair of pants and he said, "Noooo!!! K no need pants!!!" Uhhhh, why would he be so opposed to new pants? I don't get it. I was going to make them anyway, but thought it'd be nice if I could work in some element that would make him love them.
Every Friday morning, we go to a mommy and me preschool kind of thing. The teacher reads stories, we sing songs, do a craft, and the kids play. One of the songs we used to sing is called "Boro Boro Rocket". It's, obviously, about a rocket. K loves it. I thought if I could work in some rocket material, maybe he'd be down with his new pants.
I used the same pattern as when I made these pants. It works; they fit; they seem roomy and comfy. I wanted to make them flat in the front, however, so I cut the outside of the front leg pattern piece on a diagonal from about the crotch up, essentially moving the waist in a few centimeters.
They were simple to assemble. Make the pant legs and then sew them together. I did all the top stitching, as per usual.
The main change came when sewing the inner (rocket patterned) waistband. Instead of sewing the front and back pieces together, I sewed the front piece completely to the front of the pants. I left the sides in the back open so I could slip some button-hole elastic through there.
I was all done and excited for K to try them on, but had to wait for morning as he was asleep when I made them. When he woke up and saw the pants, he was super stoked. Then he tried them on and I realized they were huge!!
I meant to add a centimeter for the seams, but forgot as I made the first snip. Again, whoops.
I was able to zigzag the slit together and carry on as normal. Since it was at the very bottom, it would be folded under for the hem anyway.
I sewed the inner legs up and then topstitched starting at the crotch and working to the bottom on either side.
Then I hemmed them again, adding a second fold instead of cutting off the extra fabric. This kid grows like a weed; these pants will be too short in no time. Finally, I cut off the last two button holes on the elastic and sewed two more on either side.
The pants were done...again. I tried them on K this morning and they fit! And he loved them!
After school, we played outside. (The photos make it look like I force K to wear his helmet while playing - not the case. He wanted to wear it and wouldn't swap for his beanie until it got so bitter cold he couldn't handle it anymore.) These much loved pants saw a lot of action today:
K rode his bike in them.