I'm all excited here. Birdie is transitioning from diapers to undies! You know what the means, don't you? New pants!
I adore making pants. I find it relaxing, in the same way other people like to do dishes or knit. It's an activity I don't have to think too hard about, just do the steps and feel that sense of accomplishment when I'm done.
Perhaps I'm not challenging myself enough, sewing pants. I usually deconstruct the pattern and process as much as possible, make as few seams as I can get away with. And I don't like to cut out more than two pieces. This makes for some plain pants, sure, no funky waistbands or complicated pockets (this girl will never be making carpenter pants, sorry), but I'm okay with saving all the drama for the top.
I try not to feel betrayed by the fact that Smootch hardly ever wears pants. In fact, since I broke down and bought her six pairs of leggings to wear under dresses this past winter, she doesn't wear pants at all. Ever.
But Birdie, well, if he can't be naked, he's still okay with pants. Particularly if they have an elastic waist, dropped to his hips, and long enough to step on. I'm not entirely sure why he likes them super long. Perhaps it's because he has such long legs and he feels he's spent way too much time of his short life already walking around with his ankles showing? Or maybe it's because he likes to wear heels.
What ever it is, I'm happy to oblige.
Since I'm getting to make up a bunch of new bottoms, I've decided it's time to learn something new. I've become interested in flat front pants. My dear friend had asked me if I had any patterns or knew of any tutorials and I came up with this pattern after searching the free pants post on Craft Stew. You should definitely check out Craft Stew, lots of links to free patterns there.
I'm not sure if my friend has made up a pair yet for her boy, but I couldn't stand by and let her have all the fun.
Here is Birdie's pair of Flat Front Pants from Whole Grain Baby:
I adore this pattern, so very nice to put together. Unfortunately, the child the pattern was made for has a different shape than my guy, so the fit was fairly large on him. Particularly since Birdie's not wearing the diapers. I did add some length, to fit Birdie's super long legs, but I didn't adjust the waist or legs for a thinner child. Oops.
So, onwards. I was thinking I had enough grip on the flat front pant concept now to have a go at it myself with my own pattern.
Keeping in line with my minimalist preference, I managed to come up with a design that eliminates the need for a separate waistband. Only two pattern pieces to cut.
My first go turned out a bit slim on the boy, but I'm happy with the overall design.
A few adjustments and I think it'll be about right. Tonight, after the children are sleeping (Bed Time is the Best Time!), I'm going to have another go with some linen I've been holding on to for too long.
Thanks to Whole Grain Baby and Craft Stew for sharing!