Sunday, October 20, 2013

Getting a head start on KCW: Stash-Busting Edition.

Yeah, I know that Kids' Clothes Week doesn't technically start until tomorrow, but with a Planning Commission meeting and a City Council meeting happening this week, I decided I was entitled to cheat a little. Sewing for an hour every night this week is not going to happen, so I should be allowed to get started the weekend before, right?


I decided to make this "KCW, Stash-Busting Edition" - I will be sewing only with fabrics and patterns that are in the stash. Preferably fabrics I've had for a long time and patterns I haven't tried yet. There may also be some KCW/Halloween overlap, because dudes, Halloween is coming up fast! In fact, as of now, my only plan is to make a pair of pants for both kids and PJs that will double as Halloween underthings. We'll see if I can even accomplish that much ...

First up, a pair of denim Field Trip Cargos for Joe. I bought this pattern when it was first released, but had not sewn it up yet. There are two reasons for this: (1) Joe, at age 4 and five months, is between sizes and between size ranges right now. He's sturdy and stocky, but not overly tall. I opted to go for the larger size range (5 to 12) and I (rightly, as it happened) suspected that size 5 might still be a hair big for him. (2) Joe has been off-and-on refusing to wear things I make him lately, especially pants (he wears pajamas and t-shirts without complaint). But recently he's been more willing to wear his mama-made pants, so I am feeling cautiously optimistic about sewing pants for him.

O+s Field Trip Cargos

The good news: This is a fantastic pattern. It is truly a joy to sew a new oliver + s pattern. The instructions guide you through the process headache-free. Other good news: Joe seems to like them! He's calling these his "working pants" because they look like Daddy's work pants. I hardly had to bribe him at all for this photo shoot (I let him play with his Nerf guns). Score!

O+s Field Trip Cargos

Not so good: They're big! Way too big. I have to roll them up a bunch and they're pretty baggy. I guess Joe is probably still a size 4 in this one. I don't know what size patterns to buy for him these days! Oh well, Joe seems to think these are comfy.

O+s Field Trip Cargos

This is not a "super fast and easy" pattern. This is a "topstitch every seam to within an inch of its life" pattern. It pays to take your time and to have a good, strong needle to get through all of those layers of denim. But it still didn't take me that long, and the pay-off is a really great, sturdy pair of jeans that will hopefully last a good, long time. I really love the way Liesl designed the cargo pocket - it's so clever and fun! I used scraps of car-printed fabric to face the pocket flaps, because these are obviously car pockets - the perfect size for Hot Wheels!

O+s Field Trip Cargos

Some thoughts: Next time, I may try to reinforce the knee - the way the pattern is drafted, it looks reinforced (like it's two layers of fabric), but it's not really. I also always want to carve out o+s hip pockets a bit more than drafted. I like a big pocket with a nice big opening for chubby hands.

Seriously, who let me cut this poor child's hair? In my defense, he will. not. stay. still.

Fun with nerf guns!

Watch out, Joe has a Nerf gun!

Fun with nerf guns!

And he's aiming it right at you! (No mothers were hurt in the making of this blog post, I assure you.)

Fun with nerf guns!

*Runs for cover.*


  1. I love his new haircut!
    And the pants - they look fab. You have done a great job with the topstitching. Also glad that he's happily wearing mum-made pants, if nothing else.
    I hear you re sizing - Lucy is still a 4, but I am reluctant to buy any new patterns in the smaller size range - just as well I have more than enough patterns to sew from already ;-)

  2. this is awesome, inder! i love your bust stash/try new patterns mentality! go you! i'm glad you started early! :)

  3. you're on a roll! these pants are seriously awesome. also can i just say i admire your ability to balance family/work and have time to sew, and not only sew, but sew fantastically. one day i hope to get there too!

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