Well, those turned out weird

As I have mentioned before (and before and before and before) my projects don’t always work.  A lot of the time they are just weird.  It’s because I don’t follow the instructions. It’s because I take short cuts. It’s because I didn’t really understand.  In short, user error.  Every time.  I have made these pants before. Before they have worked.  This time they were weird. I’m sure it was me.  It’s always me.  Clearly they are just not long enough for the width.  BUT, here is a tip for sewing for boys: if you put a super hero on it, it doesn’t matter that the sewing is wonky. They are his favorite pants. I’ve re-sewn some seams twice now due to active use.

comicpants

The grey corduroy is the same from the first installation of these pants.  I went up a size this time (4/5) so I needed to draw out a new paper pattern. I’m thinking that is where I made they mistake.  The contrast fabric is from a Marvel comics print at JoAnn’s that was 70% off.  All in all, I think I spent about 5 bucks.  Tim Gunn would not be impressed but my little guy was.  Good use of 5 bucks.

Sewing for Boys – Second Project

Looking through the Sewing for Boys flickr group can remind you pretty quick there are a lot of very good seamstresses out there.  I, without question, am not one of them.  Not yet, at least.  I’m working on it.  That said, I love these pants.  I know they are not the best made and are a bit big (that’s ok, he grows) but they are easily the first clothing item I’ve ever made right.  Meaning, I finished all my edges, pressed all my seams, and followed the instructions.  Amazing how much better things turn out when you do that.  And when I screwed up the side panels the first time, I even ripped back and re-did it.

treasure pocket pants

These are the Treasure Pocket Pants from Sewing for Boys.  The gray fabric is a light corduroy and the side panels are a Kokka Japan print from a while back.

The big pockets are perfect for carrying dinosaurs.  Or pumpkin sitting

Lessons Learned:

  • Buy a lot more thread if you are going to finish your seams – you go through a lot
  • Finishing your seams really is a good idea
  • Don’t be lazy