Thursday, 26 August 2010

Pre-Schooler Pants

Logan will be starting pre-school in two weeks! ACK!

My control freakishness has kicked into high gear and I've got it into my head that Logan will need autumn- ish pants to wear to school. The days are already getting shorter and the weather will start to be cooler as well. The pants that I made for him last year don't fit very well because he's grown a few inches since he's worn them. And jeans are a bit scary to him - flies and buttons are very stressful to potty trainers.

So I drafted up a pattern for some Tawny Bee Pre-Schooler pants. This is the tester pair.

Cute eh? Flat front pockets with decorative top-stitching.

Easy elastic waist for potty training simplicity. Bottom cuffs with the same top-stitching.

And the best thing? The cuffs can be released and rolled down when Logan grows! If he's anything like his parents, he'll just grow taller and remain stick thin for most of his childhood, so a rolled cuff like this is perfect. His pants will probably wear out before he grows out of them. Yay!

I think I'll try a few more pairs to get the pattern just right. I definitely need to allow more room for the casing and lower the placement of the pockets. I don't really like to sew the casing through the top of the pockets. It's OK this time, because Logan always wears his t-shirts untucked and long. But if he wanted to wear a shorter shirt and tuck in, the pockets will need to be put in lower.

Logan is sleeping right now, so I couldn't get any pictures of him in the Pre-Schooler Pants. I finished them just as he was getting ready for bed, and showed him. His reaction was: "Those pockets are nice for my jellybeans." I guess that means they are a win! I'll get him to try them on in the next few days and post up some cute pics :)


Linking up with:

Make It Wear It at The Train To Crazy
Sew and Tell - Amy Lou Who
Friday Fun Finds - Kojo Designs
All About the Boy Linky Party - The Nifty Nest
Wardrobe Wednesday - Brown Paper Packages


Darla said...

These are extremely cute! The fabric is great and the pockets and topstitching make them look very professional!

Andrea said...

Looks great! And yes, elastic waist is the only way to go with potty training!

Haylee said...

I love these pants. They look great. You are so creative.

trish said...

Oh my gosh those are too cute!! :o)

Larri said...

Tawny - Excellent! I love those pockets. And adjustable length? Fabulous idea! Stopping by from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)
Larri at Seams Inspired

ktquilts said...

Great pants! Can't wait to see the pattern! Hope you link it to another Sew & Tell!

Liz said...

Those are adorable!

I hope you'll come participate in my link party today! It runs all week so come back and add more BOY projects! All About The Boy @ The Nifty Nest!


Nina... said...

Those pants are so cute! I love all the detailed stitching. Great idea for the adjustable cuff. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

These are great! I love finding little boy sewing ideas!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Love the fabric your chose for your little guy!

Miri said...

So cute and I love the fabric...looks like the dirt won't show! :)

Michelle said...

Totally adorable!

Unknown said...

cute! My potty trainer prefers the no-nonsense approach to pants too. Elastic, knit, whatever. Snaps and zippers ARE scary.

Leslie said...

cute pants!!! great finish. i love the contrasting pocket and stitching details

Leisel said...

Those are awesome! Thanks for sharing!