And now for the rest of what I made for Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge.
This is my four year old. He’s tough.
His sweater was upcycled from a thrifted men’s sweater. I used The Greenpoint Cardigan pattern from Hey Jude Handmade, and it came together ridiculously quick and easy. Seriously, like less than an hour. I love it’s retro, classic look. I added some felted wool patches to the elbows before sewing up the sleeves.
Each of the front buttons are the same size and color, but each is just a bit different. Two holes, four, smooth, textured. I wanted it to have a really vintage feel, and between the elbow patches and the mismatched buttons, I think I got it.
And then the pants.
They’re made of green corduroy from JoAnn using the Paperback Writer pants pattern in Ottobre Design 6/2010. I was super nervous about making jean-styled pants. But I adore how these turned out. I’m a huge fan of details in clothing and this pattern allows for so many fun opportunities to make the pants unique.
I did simple, but thick double stitch on each back pocket, added my little star tags, tons of top stitching
A sneak of black gingham at the hip pockets lining, fly zipper, coin pocket, belt loops and rivets. So fun!
And then there is my six year old.
This kid. He has a very definite opinion and sense of style. He was so excited for his items. The plan was to make him a pair of the Paperback Writer pants and a jacket to go with them. I didn’t get the jacket done and he wasn’t super happy that we did the photo shoot without the completed ensemble. I had to fight for every picture I got out of him.
The fabric is an incredibly soft tartan from JoAnn. Not too conventional a choice, but super fun. After making the green cords, I decided to bring the this pair’s legs in to make them truly skinny on a really skinny kid. I’m not sure it was such a good idea. This kid is insanely skinny, and the pants really accentuate things, making him look a bit like a Scottish daddy long leg.
But a really stylish Scottish daddy long leg.
They have all the traditional jean styling. I even did double top stitching throughout, though you have to look super close to see any of it.
Horrible quality picture, but I wanted to show how I cut the back pockets on the bias. I like the end look, but it made things much harder to work with. The fabric’s weave was really unstable once cut, and on the bias it stretched a ton. I had to pin, sew, unstitch, repin, resew a few times to get things right. And no decorative stitching since it pulled the fabric in too many directions and wrecked havoc on the pocket shape. But hey! Rivets!
I loved making both pair of the Paperback Writer pants. They might be my most favorite things I’ve made in a long time. I can’t wait to make more jeans now. But first, I better get this kid’s jacket done. **update 10/30: The Jacket is done!**
I had such a great time with the KCWC this year. I had told my husband before hand that pretty much all other life would be put on hold for the week so that I could sew as much as possible. Though I couldn’t keep up that kind of pace for the long term, for a few days it was a pretty good time! And I swear, there are few things more satisfying than seeing people you love wear things you’ve made just for them.
And I really, really love these people!