Friday, November 9, 2012

Paperback Writer Pants

Fabric: Green Corduroy (less than a yard, JoAnn Fabrics 50% off)
Fabric Price: ~$4.00
Notions: 1 snap, 2 rivets, 1 recycled zipper
Size: 92cm with length of 98cm
Child's Age: 5
[Shirt: Tea Collection, Shoes: Simple]
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With the success of the Funky Boy Jeans, I was eager to make some more pants for my growing little boy's fall/winter wardrobe.  He's forgotten all about the existence of pants after wearing shorts all summer.  This one didn't go as smoothly as the jeans.  Not because they were harder. I guess, I was feeling over-confident and was only running my brain on partial power.  I sewed the zipper before the center back/front seams, then the fronts didn't line up with the zipper closed. But no matter, I fixed it all and they are darling!  I think this is the last year I can say that about his clothes.  I really love the green.  What a breath of fresh air. And finally he has something that goes with these darn shoes!  They went with nothing he had in his closet before.

I also decided to get some of this belt material while notions were on sale at JoAnn's to make him a belt. The home-made pants are a transition from the store-bought pants with the hidden, adjustable, elastic waist, and the faux leather belt I bought him is really bulky on his slender frame.  It was pretty easy to make, just two D-rings and finishing off the ends of the belt.

For some reason, the pockets I cut were bigger than the width shown by the pocket placement markings on the back side of the pants. I checked and couldn't find that I made a mistake.  Not sure if this was a pattern error. So, I did raise the position of the back pockets on these about a centimeter or two.  And I'm glad I did.

I added a rivet to either side of the front pockets.  Just a little detail to polish them off.

I originally bought this back issue because I loved and wanted to make the wool, boys' peacoat.  But I've been pleasantly surprised to find how many other things I want to make from the magazines now.  At the same time, I'm a little disappointed to see how many patterns seem to be repeated.  In the last issue, there is a pair of green cords almost identical to the ones I had just completed!  Albeit, I understand, sometimes there is a difference in fit.  The ones here from the 6/2010 issue are quite fitted.  I think the ones (#17) in the 6/2012 issue may be more roomy with a straight leg. 

[from 6/2012 #17]


  1. This is the second time I have seen these made up an they are so cute. Great job.