boy pants

July 29th, 2008

I’m having a hard time getting back into the swing of things after vacation.  It doesn’t help that my basement studio, which I thought (as I froze my fingers off sewing in december) would be heaven in the summertime, is stuffy and airless. Not pleasant one bit.  So most evenings I’ve been reading in the air conditioned bliss of my bedroom.  I did manage to sew up these two cuffed pants for two brothers. When my good friend had her second baby I started making a baby quilt just because that’s what you do when a baby is born, right? Well, after cutting and piecing some and loosing faith in my design, I realized this mama doesn’t need another baby blanket. Because once a baby is born everybody makes one, so you end up with 10 and then you go and have another baby and another 10 blankets show up on your doorstep.  So I thought I would make some pants for her boys instead. She gave me some sweet japanese prints for the cuffs (you can see them better here and here). I’ve never really been drawn to cutey cute fabrics, but the japanese somehow make cute things a little sophisticated–well with fabric anyway. The fit on both is way off, but we’ll just say they’re for growing in to.  The little ones are big but fine. I used a shorts pattern for the bigger size and just lengthened it and now they are super wide leg and a little girly.  I’ll see how they fit and maybe take them in (wow this is thrilling. are you still reading? congratulations).

I’m a little low on inspiration these days, but you my dear readers are full of it (ha!). So leave me a link to a blog, a photo, an article that has made you turn off the computer and work (or play).


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20 Responses to boy pants

  1. trashalou says:

    I would leave you the link but I can’t find it – Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. My boy and I discovered it today and we were inspired to do our own version soon. What was it? Cupcakes extraordinaire. Marbled cake mix in acid bright colours. When we manage to cook them I shall come back with a link!

    Also have just posted a really fun game on the bottom of my page. Excuse the plug for a return read (I wouldn’t normally be so crass) but this is FUN!

  2. I’ve been lax with the sewing lately as well…I have all the pieces for two Simplicity 3835 dresses and a stack of 50 coasters I could make and I just stare at them. Those little boy trousers are adorable though!

  3. Julia says:

    Cute boy pants!! Right now I’m excited to try This tutorial! (The bias tape part!!) Looks Brilliant and my friend ~C has already used the method 3 times and is LOVING it!

  4. meg says:

    wow julia thanks! I’ve been wanting to try some piping out and that tutorial helps a lot.

  5. jodie says:

    HI meg,
    You might like to go and have a look at

    Sorry it is such a huge link. It is a link to the softies auction to raise money for the Mirabel Foundation. It is organised by Meet Me at Mikes.
    How thats for some promo.!!!


  6. Anna Y says:

    I love the sound of her art club and thought may be the tutorial would be up your street. :D

  7. molly says:

    I love giraffes (so does my daughter) and we thought this smock idea was awfully cute.


  8. lily says:

    thanks M, they’re beautiful.

  9. allyson says:

    oh my, adorable trousers! my studio used to be in the basement so i can totally relate! here’s what’s inspiring me:

  10. kym says:

    Some of the pants in smallvillemade’s photos remind me of the ones you’ve just made. Maybe there’s some inspiration from someone selling them as ‘wide leg sailor pants’:

  11. It's Lily says:

    Meg, I borrowed from you. Thank you. And yes, it made me get to work on fun things.

  12. Blue Castle says:

    Those pants are so cute! I’m currently trying to get my sewing room moved and organized, and I’m having serious withdrawls in the process. I want to try making more clothes for my boys this fall, and I love the look of your pants.

  13. Cindy says:

    I feel like I am blowng my own horn but at my new blog I have shown some pants that I did recently for my 3 year old. I am always in search of some good boy inspiration and this sprout material with the caterpillars is great and an Aussie one as well – extra yah!

  14. Monica says:

    blame it on the summer…. the heat makes you kind of flat. that and the children off school and beginning to lose the novelty factor about it!

    I just made a (huge) bag following instruction found on the selvedge website

    If nothing else it’s a great website to explore!

  15. amandajean says:

    I love the boy pants.

    and thanks for asking for the links…now I have some inspiration to browse through as well. hurray!

  16. Lisa says:

    The Japanese cuff fabric is perfect – makes a good contrast with the solid charcoal! The best thing about making kids clothes is that if they are a little big they grow into it eventually!!

  17. oonaballoona says:

    i am in instant blog love, and sort of flabbergasted you stopped by mine. you rock. as do the pants… the child sized dress up mirrors… your desk… actually, sorry, i can’t continue this comment, i’ve got reading to do.

  18. wendy says:

    This is a great list of links! More inspiration for me, too :D

    This is the latest thing that I’ve done… – a dress for my daughter, reconstructed from a man’s shirt. So cute!

  19. Christine says:

    these pants are so cute. i just made my first pair of kids pants this weekend and i never even considered cuffs. now i have to make more. thank you for the inspiration. christine