August 25, 2011

Homemade Pants for a Rockstar

I love finding clothing for my boys that's a little funky.  I love stuff that has some rock 'n roll flavor to it.  However, it's too hard to find cool clothing like that without a giant price tag.  So, I made Rex these pants the other day.

He likes them. I love them and I smile when I see his little bum in them.

They are made of thin corduroy.  They are green because Rex adores anything that's green and if I was going to go through the effort of making them I wanted to know that he'd wear them.  Luckily, he's a big fan.

So here's how it went.  For the pants I used Dana's pants pattern and tutorial (with the flat front option).  If you need a different size than 2-3T you can always try tracing a currently-fitting pair of pants to make your own pattern.  I also used her pocket tutorial for the pockets in front. 

For the back pockets I made my own little pattern on paper.  The paper was the exact size I wanted the pockets to be, so I cut two pieces a bit larger than the paper.

I pressed the edges inward and then topstitched around the entire pocket.

For the flaps I cut two pieces for each pocket.  (I wouldn't have been able to get the curve I wanted by folding the fabric under like I did on the main pocket.)

I put them right sides together and sewed them, leaving the top open.  I clipped the corners, inverted the flap, and folded the open area across the top in.  I pressed it and topstitched the whole flap.

I used embroidery floss to embellish the pockets.  If you aren't familiar with how to embroider, you can see my short tutorial HERE.  It's not hard, but it does always take a little longer than I think it will.

Once the pockets were finished I pinned them in place.  (It would have been easier to sew them on before sewing the pants together, but I really wanted to make sure their placement was perfect since I hadn't tried these pockets before.) 

I stitched the pockets on (three sides of the bottom pocket and just across the top of the flap.)  Before stitching I sewed on the buttons.  My little guy isn't going to be using the back pockets, so I thought it would be easiest to have them buttoned closed.  (They could easily be made useable by making a buttonhole on the flap.)

Here's his little J. Crew pose.

He's currently decided, however, that he has much better posing ideas than I do.  Here are some of his own.

Yes, he IS indeed posing with the garden hose.  Let's just say he's creative :)

That's it for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.


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