Have you been following along with all the fun Celebrate the Boy projects on MADE and Made By Rae? If not, you really must go catch yourself up on all the goodness going on over there. Even if you don't have a boy.
Wait, what? Even if you don't have a boy?
Obviously I don't have any little boys of my own to sew for yet, but that hasn't stopped me from soaking up all the awesome projects being shared in the Celebrate the Boy series. Like most patterns and project ideas, a lot of what's being/been shared is certainly adaptable for little girls too.
And I must admit that I am thrilled to have so many not-so-overly-girly projects to be inspired by. I've never been into princesses and pink and all things girly. So while I do definitely dress Olivia in her fair share of pinks and purples, she also wears a lot of neutrals and blues and reds too.
So, even though I don't have a little boy to sew for, Celebrate The Boy is right up my alley. Because, in a lot of ways, it could really even translate to just plain ol' Celebrate the Kid. Because all kids--girl or boy--are playful and dirty and fun. :)
Oh, and did I mention that I'm going to be sharing a BOY project with you a little later in the Celebration? Keep your eyes peeled for that. :)
Aaaaanyway, last night I finished my first Celebrate The Boy project! I made this simple little pair of pants for Olivia using one of my favorite (but ripped) pairs of pants and Dana's Basic Pants pattern and tutorial.
I wanted to try the pattern just the way it was, even though it's size 2-3T and Olivia's still wearing size 18 months. I figured I'd get used to the way it went together before I started messing with the pattern. And it was great! I especially love that this pattern fits more like store-bought pants since the front pattern piece is shorter than the back piece. Really, it makes such a difference.
Dana's Basic Pants pattern and tutorial are wonderful. But, of course, I added a few of my own personal touches. :)
Alteration #1: Buttons
my buttons to the front. I just sewed them onto the front once I was finished (right through the elastic and everything).
Alteration #2: Bias Tape
Despite my sloppy stitches here (remember, this was my "tester" pair, so I made some minor mistakes along the way--it's okay) I really think the bias tape adds a fun professional touch. I think it would be fun to use printed bias tape or fun, bright colors. It's the little things that count, right? :)
Oh, and that tag is just a t-shirt scrap folded in half. Super easy.
Alteration #3: Clean Cuffs (i.e. more bias tape)
My third addition to these fun pants was arguably a very minor and unnecessary detail, but it makes a huge difference in a lot of ways.
And not only does it add style, it adds a longer life to these pants. Because now we can just roll them up! So she can start wearing them right away and they'll probably fit her until she's 3, depending on how fast she grows.
Want to do the same? Here's a quick how-to...
Step 1: Make your pants using Dana's Basic Pants pattern and tutorial.
Step 2: Roll up your pants
With your pants right-side out, roll up your pants as high as you'd like. Use a safety pin to mark how far up you want your bias tape to go. (In other words, how high up you want to roll your pants will determine how long your strips of bias tape will need to be.) I ended up marking mine at about 7".
Step 3: Turn your pants inside out.
Step 4: Pin bias tape in place
Step 5: Sew bias tape
I found that it's easiest to start sewing on the end that's partway up the pant leg, rather than started down at the bottom hem. This way things are less bulky when you start and you'll be able to maneuver things better when you get to the bottom hem where it is a little more bulky.
And you're done!
Now your child's pants will be more
Love these pants! (And the kid inside.)
Have fun making your own pants!