Friday, November 2, 2012

Funky Boy Jeans

Pattern: Ottobre 4/20102 Funky Boy Jeans #21
Fabric:  Grey stretch denim (less than a yard)
Fabric Price: ~$6.40
Size: 92cm with length of 98cm
Child's Age: 5
[Shirt: Gap]
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I'm really loving these jeans! This is the second pair of pants I've made from Ottobre for my little boy.  I loved the spread in the magazine, even if I wasn't entirely convinced by the huge and low hanging back pockets. 


He's a skinny and little guy for his age, so the store-bought jeans he has, I have to cinch up the elastic-pulls on the inside of the waistband to the max. Then they are all gathered and puckered up at the waist and baggy throughout. Not very comfortable either. These fit perfect with only a litlle bit of slack in the waist.  And don't they look fabulous with these red sneackers his Tio Pedro gave him for his birthday.  It's almost like I did it on purpose.

For some reason, they were a cinch to sew.  I must have been following the instructions quite diligently.  Everything lined up.  There was no un-picking of seams.  I didn't line the pockets with cotton as the denim was pretty thin anyway and he's skinny enough that a bit of bulk is better than no bulk.  I did mess up a little: I pressed the inseams to the back instead of the front but not a big deal, and I forgot to top-stitch the front crotch. My bar tacking is a little skiwampus. I can't seem to get a grip for where it's going to start and where it's going to stop but still, I'm loving these pants.

Love the front pockets with the binding on the edges. Although, I did buy a double needle in anticipation of the double top-stitching, I didn't even use it.  It didn't occur to me I would need two spools of the same color thread. Duh.  But really, I was just too lazy at the thought of having to change the needle back and forth, so I just eye-balled it.

I would really like to make the jacket pictured above but the local fabric stores are not cooperating.  Really? Why can't they sell sweatshirt fleece and ribbing in the same colors?  Is that just too much to ask.  I'm going out on a more extensive search right now after a run to the library three cities away.  I better load up on some food and coffee or something to help me get through it.


  1. They are really gorgeous, I've had my eye on this pattern. Don't feel bad lazy about not using the twin needle. In addition to just being easier, running two rows of stitching is stronger and can pivot around corners properly. But to get around the two spools thing, you can always load a bobbin for the second spool. Love all the colors together. Hope you find sweatshirt fabric, too.

  2. Love the jeans. Now I've gotta make them! you might be able to get away with using self fabric for the bottom band and cuffs for that jackets as they said it could be made from a woven in the mag, as long as the sweatshirt fabric had a little stretch to it.