Today is day one of the Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I’m diving in, because it’s at this time every year that I find myself without clothes for the kids. They sprout up all summer long, but I don’t really notice because they’re in shorts. Then, the dreaded fall weather arrives, and suddenly we have wrists and ankles poking out from clothes everywhere.
B, in particular, is a skinny kid. Every once in a while we’ll find a slim fit pair of pants to fit him, but it’s not too common. So, I’m going to find out how far I can get on a pair of pants for him this week. The challenge stipulates working an hour a day, but I imagine I’ll end up doing a bit more than that just to get somewhere.
Of course, I made it a bit more challenging for myself by making this the first pair of pants I’ve ever made with a yoke in the back. And pockets. And a zipper. Oh, and I’m making it my first pattern from Ottobre, too. Yes, I might be in a bit over my head, but I’m sure to learn something along the way.
- Got B’s new measurements (he’s 10, so it seems like they change hourly.) Checked them against the Ottobre slim fit pattern measurements, and they are the closest fit height- and waist-wise that I’ve ever seen for him.
- Dug out denim from the stash that I bought years ago. Determined that it’s definitely not 10-year-old-boy-pants denim. It’s thin and soft, and he’d have a hole in it within five minutes. Two, if he was outside.
- Ran to the store, found heavy brown denim on sale. B loves it (whew.)
- Found correct pattern sheet (see photo, above.) After recovering from the initial shock, found out via Google that I’ll be adding my own seam allowances. Cool, except for I don’t know which parts actually need them, or what that interesting flap thing is on one of the patterns. Must be the fly that covers the zipper. Hrmm.
- Found pattern tracing paper in the closet, gathered everything together, and called it a night.
So, does anyone out there have any advice about sewing for kids? I’m all ears.