As mentioned in a prior post, Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! is currently hosting a Sewing For Boys Sew-Along. I'm way late to this party, since they started sewing way back in January, but when I saw that the Treasure Pocket Pants were the pattern for April, I decided to jump on board.
I have been planning to make the Treasure Pocket Pants for a while now (so many cute examples on the 'nets!), but didn't get serious about the project until I saw this Echino train fabric. Ha! The perfect contrast pocket fabric for my train obsessed little boy!
So without further ado, here are Joe's new Choo-Choo Pocket Pants. And some serious bedhead.
I opted to use a lightweight chambray/denim for the main fabric, thinking it might tone down the loudness of the train print. Hahahaha. Not sure that happened, but the weight makes these the perfect cool, breezy summer pants.
Size 2/3 is quite generous on my solidly 3T little boy. Not only do the pants have a lot of ease (which is nice on a hot day), but they are long - I have turn up the cuffs on Joe. In addition, the amount of elastic suggested by the pattern resulted in a very loose waistband on Joe, and I had to tighten it up considerably. I think these would have been pretty big on Joe back when he was closer to 2T. But of course, it's always nice to make something that will get a good amount of wear before it gets too small.
I love the train waistband.
Joe was initially hesitant to wear these, since apparently he preferred to just look at the fabric in my stash and count the train cars (Joe can now count to nine!). The idea that his favorite fabric had magically morphed into pants was confusing and just didn't sit right with him (I can't really blame him - I still think it's magic, too!). But then this morning, he was willing to put them on, and after breaking them in running around the backyard and filling the pockets with rocks, I think he is reconciled to his "one-two-three train pants," as he is calling them now. He might even like them a little.
It is a blazing hot day in Oakland, a gorgeous "summer" day in April. We have to enjoy hot weather when we get it, because our actual summers tend to be chilly and foggy. The garden, the dogs, and the humans are just soaking up the sun today.