I made another, more complicated project this past weekend: a new pair of jeans for Joe. The current state of Joe's pants drawer is pretty dismal: all of his pants are either too warm for Spring weather, too beat up, or too small. My little ragamuffin has been looking especially ragamuffin-y lately.
So I opted to try a new (to me) pattern, the "Sandbox Pants"
from Oliver + s. I bought this pattern in size 4-8 right before the
paper pattern went out of print (you can still download the pattern digitally). I love the casual "cargo" styling of these pants. Perfect for my rough-and-tumble little boy.
Since Joe is now solidly a size 3T, I figured I could get away with sewing these up in a size 4, making no adjustments except to length. Inspired by Steve's work pants, which have reinforced knees, I added a reinforced knee panel to Joe's pants as well. Joe spends a lot of time on his hands and knees, pushing trucks around the back patio, and the knees of his pants reflect this abuse.
I wanted these to be Spring-appropriate pants, so I used a lightweight denim that may look familiar to some of you.
The back view has adorable buttoned pockets, like so:
I wanted these to be sturdy and casual, like ready-to-wear pants, so I edgestitched and topstitched everything on these pants, in contrasting yellow-gold "jeans" thread, and mock-flat-felled the side seams (there wasn't enough seam allowance to do regular flat-felled seams). The pockets are lined in a blue "bandana" fabric that no one will ever see (I should have photographed it before sewing the pockets on, because now you'll never see it either! sorry).
Super cute. Too bad they're totally huge! It turns out there's a pretty big difference between sizes 3T and 4.
These photos show that (a) the pants are way too long and have to be rolled up substantially to be wearable; and (b) that the reinforced knees are nowhere near Joe's actual knees. What these photos don't show is (c) the waist is too loose, even with the drawstring drawn up as tight as possible, and the pants show all kinds of preschooler plumber crack; and (d) the crotch is way too long, giving these pants a sort of Oakland gang-banger appearance (and like our neighbors, Joe would have to hike them up as he walks).
Doh! These pants were a lot of work! And Joe doesn't need pants next year. He needs pants now. Drat.
Conclusion: This pattern totally rocks, and I think these pants turned out great. When Joe is a little bigger, I'm going to make a million pairs of these, because I love them. Actually, I love them so much, I'm tempted to buy the digital pattern in the smaller size, just to get that 3T size (since these are big in pretty much every possible way, grading down the size 4 is a bit beyond my abilities). Think about it, these pants would be totally adorable on a little girl, too, so really I wouldn't be buying a $10 pattern for just one size, right?
Anyway, I guess Joe will just have just to grow into these. Rather than try to modify them to fit Joe now, I think I will just tuck them away until he's a bit bigger. No way I'm going to rip out all of those beautiful, double-stitched seams.
In the meantime, I better get cracking on making some pants that actually fit him right now.
And here's some blurry, gratuitous cuteness.