I've been chugging away a little bit each day on these pants this week. It's definitely easier to work on two pair at the same time (although, I totally forgot to top-stitch one part on Henry's pair because of the back and forth) but it definitely takes a lot longer too!
When Brad saw me tracing pattern pieces and cutting out fabric, etc. he asked me what it was for. When I told him that I was making the kids some treasure pocket pants ("you know the ones with the stripe down the side and pockets?"...). His response was something like...you're making more of those?! Well, in fact, yes! When I asked Violet if she wanted a pair of pants similar to Henry's or a pair that were similar to her beachcomber shorts, she emphatically said, like Henry's! I have been promising her a pair of treasure pocket pants for about a year now. So I finally made her a pair!
I used some green corduroy that I got from yet another lovely freecycler (a whole bag of unwanted corduroy! I definitely snatched that up!). And, inspired by Rae and Kristin I cut into some of my Heather Ross Snow White fabric.
It was important to me to make these pretty gender neutral. I will certainly still keep making Violet some cute skirts and dresses, etc, but if I am making her some pants or shorts they will most likely be gender neutral so Henry can wear them someday too!
I made the size 4 for Violet after following the measurements, etc, but they feel so big! I was a little disappointed in the way they turned out actually. But then, Violet came downstairs wearing them and they look too darn cute! And she really likes them too!
I added some little pockets on the back (inspired by Gail). I used the same technique as I did with Violet's little apples skirt. And, I figured, while they are a bit girly, I can always pick their seams and take them off when it's Henry's turn to wear them...
One happy camper down, one to go...
Henry continues to add to his treasure pocket pants collection! And more squirrels too! What can I say, we have a thing for squirrels around here, or rather, they have a thing for us. There are squirrels jumping from tree to tree, racing across our yard playing tag, burying acorns in our garden or nibbling up in a tree all the time around here.
The corduroy is from my freecycled bag. I can't remember the squirrel fabric right now, sorry :( The squirrel fabric is Squirrels and nuts in Sea by David Walker. I bought it earlier in the summer loving it and thinking about making these pants way back then...
He exclaimed "Pockets!" the first moment he put them on. And that, Brad, is the reason I make so many TPP! It's the pockets! It's really about the pockets! They are at the perfect spot for little hands to find.
I was a bit disappointed in the "biggness" of these at first also. After taking Henry's measurements I knew he would still best fit the 18month size, but I couldn't bring myself to make him those since he already had two pair, so I went with the size 2. But, I'm remembering that last year the first pair felt big too, but we got used to them...and they do look cute on of course!
And now my "obligatory" treasure pocket pants are complete.