Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kids Sewing Week (KSW) and REFASHION city!

My son is getting tall.  My very sweet Mother-In-Law usually shops a lot for my kids... it's what she likes to do, but I've been itching to sew for them... so, now that my two year old is short on pants and we had a Polar Vortex couple of days, a little got done! :)

Using the Clean Slate Pants pattern by Melly Sews, I cut up a few pairs of my old jeans and refashioned them into jeans for my buddy boy.  He's got mostly 2T in his closet, and I made these in 4T... glad I did the leap up.. they fit to a T! :)

Excellent pattern - they look great, and I adjusted for my learning along the way...

In the first pair, I didn't make any pockets or a fly.  I just cut and pieced the pants together.  I have to say I LOVE where the seam in the leg appears on his back, and the jean fabric these are made of is SO SOFT!  I originally bought them for $2 at a garage sale, and they got a hole in the crotch, so I couldn't wear them any more... glad he's getting some life out of them.

Then, I was on a roll... and kid needed jeans, so I sewed the pattern again...
This time with a darker jeans where the zipper had broken, and I wanted to learn how to make pockets...
Blue and orange flannel was just the right answer.  Blue and orange are my favorite colors for buddy boy.  he's got bright blue eyes and orangey blonde hair, so these are perfect for his wardrobe.

Learning Curve
#1.  Photographing still objects is way easier than two year old moving targets
#2.  Maybe if I did it again, I'd make sure the pocket that is visible is jean... for support purposes rather than looks... I LOVE how they look
#3.  There is DRAMA in sewing!  The last string of thread from the spool was making its way through the machine as I sewed the last hem!  Whew!
#4.   While I love how the wide leg seams look when they're made into waistband, they create HUGE thickness that is hard for the sewing machine to take, so if I want to use those in the future, I might attach it to some thinner material for the back of the waistband.

Next Plans...  I've got the patterns for Tree Climber Trousers... !!!  Also, his belly button is visible in more than half his jammas...

and I read a great post on undies and refashioning knit clothing... Jammies to undies for my daughter?  Yes, please... just need some elastic...

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