kcw: outfit #1

October 24th, 2013

jacob pants and flashback tee on elsie marley

Here it is day 4 of KCW and finally I have something for you. This outfit was actually finished on day 2, but I had to wait for the sun to come out to get some decent shots. And sheesh the sun sets early these days.

jacob pants and flashback tee on elsie marley

Enough small talk, let’s get to it!

THE PATTERN: Jacob Pants by Zonen 09. I’ve gushed about this pattern maker before, but I hadn’t sewn up one of Sharon’s patterns until now. I have to say these pants live up to [my] hype. The pattern has lots and lots of pictures, which is wonderful if you are a visual learner like me. There are also some lovely little details: the pin tucks, of course, and tiny butt darts :)

jacob pants by elsie marley

THE FABRIC: Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker. I scored the last bit of this triangle print when sew mama sew was clearing out their fabric store. When I saw these bad boys, I knew I had to make some triangle pants of my own.

jacob pants on elsie marley

THE SEWING: The sewing went very smoothly. The directions, as I said, are very clear and very customizable. I went with a faux fly and because I couldn’t find buttonhole elastic, just regular sewn in elastic. I added piping starting at the pocket edge and continuing down the side. I totally stole this idea from someone, but can’t remember who.[edited to add: I stole it from sew bidoo] I didn’t have any cording, so I folded a bit of yellow fabric (from this old kcw project) in half and inserted it between the layers. It’s not the same width all the way down, but it’ll do. I’m actually kind of bummed the yellow matches so well–it sort of disappears into the print.

flashback tee on elsie marley

THE PATTERN: tried and true Flashback Tee by Rae.

THE FABRIC: My youngest only goes half days to school, so he gets stuck running all the errands with me. We end up at the fabric store quite a bit. He spotted this green jersey there one day and proceeded to carry the bolt around the whole store.

flashback tee on elsie marley

THE SEWING: The sewing went well. I made a few changes. First I drafted some shoulder patches (has the fashion world come up with a clever name for these yet?).  They were a bit more fidley than I imagined, but worked out well in the end. I love, love how they look. I also finished the neckline a bit differently: sewing the binding to the wrong side of the neckline and then folding it over and stitching it down.

It’s hard to see, but I also sewed a little star as the tag in the back. I’ll try to take some better pictures, because I’m quite in love with this bit too. Super successful project–he won’t even take it off!

kcw outfit #1 on elsie marley


17 Responses to kcw: outfit #1

  1. It looks great! You’re a super star! I really love the pants fabric.

  2. I love the shoulder patches, too! (You’re right – they’re begging for a more clever name.) I’ve been wanting to try them for a while…gotta get my act together.

  3. Trine says:

    Fantastic outfit, Meg – well done :-). I love the colors!

  4. Jamie says:

    I LOVE it! The pants are radical. What an amazing job you did!

  5. mamasha says:

    Oh I totally loved Jacob in this fabric and now even more! And it is always so nice to read/hear that the kids themselves love wearing them!

  6. Fiona says:

    Love, love, love the pants! Argh, I’ve got to get that pattern!

  7. Nancy says:

    Meg, your son totally rocks in this outfit, he has great taste picking out that colour fabric too!

  8. anna says:

    ah! perfect fabric for those pants!!! I love that basecloth so much, I wish I could buy it by the bolt. He looks really happy with the outfit, love those shoulder patches, steps it up a notch!

  9. It looks great! And a nice combination with the green tee!

  10. kristin says:

    YES! awesome outfit. i wonder if my little guy might flip out for printed pants like this…they sure are fun (and a bit retro to me).

    Could almost call the shoulder patches “epaulettes” but that’s not technically right…maybe if you added a fringey border. ;)

  11. heidimarie says:

    Those pants are amazing!!! I am in love with the mustard piping.

  12. Tara says:

    great outfit! the green he chose is perfect. I really love the shade. Shoulder patches get me every time too, and somehow I’ve never added them to anything!? Guess I can’t fit them in with the mandatory cape I must sew into anything to get violet to wear it.

  13. […] I love me some crazy town super flares. This pattern is just fun to make. I made a faux fly again (like yesterday) with piped patch pockets. I omitted the back pockets, because I was starting to go blind staring […]

  14. mrsrobinson says:

    Love the triangle trousers… and the outfit! Oooo and the star detail!

  15. gail says:

    i’m late to the party but this is such a great outfit. this is how boys should dress! i’m inspired!