I mentioned it last month already, my son needs trousers, very slim trousers. Although he is five, he has the waist of a 2 year old. He has the length of a(n almost ) five year old which creates major fitting issues with store bought trousers. To make the issue even worse, he also has a very sensitive skin and prefers "soft trousers". I made him a few trousers from jersey in the past. He loved them, but they always looked liked pyjama pants no matter how many pockets I sewed on them.
was kind a dreading the whole trouser issue they seemed like a lot of
more work than a dress and much less fun. I love the way my daughters
dance in their dresses, their happy faces while spinning, but
trousers... are kind a boring. So I thought.
I came across
the Skinny Fry trousers last week. The trousers are a fun pattern by
themselves, but the fact that the 2T is free makes them even better. I
drew my pattern pieces longer to fit my son longer length but kept all
the other sizes as the original. I made the trousers from one of my own
old trousers, which were made of stretchy cord fabric
apparently was sleeping while cutting because I was making mistake on
mistake. By mistake I three times cut the right front pocket! I realized
after cutting the second that I made a mistake and luckily found
another spot to cut the left pocket from, but somehow again cut a right
one! Than of course I ran out of good spot to cut fabric from en decided
to add a jersey fabric printed right pocket (with a stretchy cord
facing). I really overestimated the amount of good fabric I had and also
had to cut the back pocket from the jersey (I had a bad spot on my
trousers that I could use for facing but not as a main fabric part). To
make it a theme I added some extra jersey on the front of the pants
behind the other pocket as well. My son is a lefty and I therefore put
the back pocket on his left cheek.
While sewing I was amazed
how much I liked constructing the jeans. I liked it some much that when I
realized I had also cut two left back legs (insert scream) I did not
throw the whole away. I just went back to my jersey fabric and cut an
entire left leg (and used the wrong left leg as a facing.
I said earlier I did not make real trousers before and therefore did
not realize the difference in waist band construction between girl and
boy trousers. I naively thought that I could just use that part of my
waistband which had the button on it and shorten the other side. This of
course did not workout because boy pants cross over the waistband
exactly the other way around. If I would have realized this earlier I
would have just made girl fly instead of a boy fly (really we are
relatively gender neutral around here and a "bad" direction fly easily
fits with my sons love for pink, flowers or happy prints).
added some adjustable elastic in the back to be sure the trousers would
stay on his tiny waist (unbelievable but I really needed it turned out
when he put them on). After cutting the button of the waistband I
decided to use snaps matching the color of the jersey print. I finished
the side of the waist band the lazy way, adding some more matching
When my son saw the trousers he immediately loved
them. He was a bit bummed out when he saw the jersey leg at the back...
he would have preferred it on the front. As you can see the trousers are great for playing, jumping and goofing
around. I loved sewing them and more will follow. I immediately bought a
Cisse pattern now it is still on promotion sale today!