Saturday, June 11, 2011

Celebrate the Boy: San Francisco Summer.

There's an event going on in the sewing-mama blogosphere right now: Celebrate the Boy Week, Summer 2011 edition!

I'm a little late to this party. I think the week might have ended yesterday? Oops.

And the only thing I made this week was ... er ... cozy corduroy pants for Joe. I've already made Joe three pairs of shorts this year. And we're still waiting for shorts weather. Whereas corduroy is in season approximately 352 days a year in the San Francisco Bay Area. So we'll call this Celebrate the Boy, Summer in San Francisco-style!

Green pants.

Green pants.

I used the Oliver + s "Sketchbook shorts" to create a pants pattern, something I first saw on the Five and Counting blog. Basically, I just traced the shorts pattern and then used a pair of Joe's pants to figure out how long they should be (plus some extra, because Joe is growing like a weed, so most of his pants are too short these days). I did the mock-fly, but omitted the button on this pair. The fabric is lime green baby wale corduroy. I noticed that I make Joe a lot of green clothing. I like green.

I tried to do something different this time and photograph Joe in his natural habitat - our backyard. But you can probably guess what happened. Within five minutes of putting him in his new pants, Joe was sitting in a hole dug by the dogs and playing with dirt. So these pants were only clean for about 30 seconds. No wonder Joe never seems to have anything to wear even though I am constantly sewing for him!*


Playing in the dirt.

What can I say? The boy loves to play in the dirt. And I don't blame him. He's a chip off the ol' block in that respect.

* I ended up brushing off his pants and then letting him wear them the rest of the day. No point dirtying even more clothes!


  1. Ooh, I'd wondered myself about extending that pattern into long pants. They look fabulous! Love the green cord. I hope you get some actual shorts weather soon though!

  2. Thanks for the compliment!
    I have made so many pairs of pants,far more then shorts!
    Love the green!

  3. Thanks! Yes, I'm really happy with the pants version! Thanks for the idea, motherof5 - next I have to try "Sketchbook Jeans"!

  4. eli needs these pants. let us know what the price is...he is long and tall, with one helluva a cloth diaper butt.

  5. Sage, I don't sew for pay (mostly bc I have a highly inflated notion of the value of my labor and no one could afford me). However, I DO sew for barter. And it's quite possible that Joe wants/needs a new screen printed t-shirt?


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