From the 27th January to 2nd February it was Kids Clothes week. I didn’t think I was going to be organised enough to participate but the tag line “one hour a day for seven days” made me pull my finger out.
I had wanted to make a pair of toddler trousers so when I saw the Titchy Threads Skinny Jeans pattern and also found that the age 2 was a free download I had no excuse. I ordered some navy corduroy from Calico Lane. They have 1st class post delivery so I knew it would be here in a day. For the pocket lining and inner waistband I used some quilting weight cotton I had in my stash.
There is a sew-a-long to help with the construction which is very clear and easy to follow. I did have some problems with the waistband. Firstly my belt loops, being corduroy, were a bit thick. They were made like folding binding so there were 4 layers. When I sewed them into the top edge of the waistband it was a bit lumpy. Next the buttonholes on the inner waistband for the elastic exits were a mess. My buttonhole stitch can always be guaranteed to mess up when I need it. I decided to take the whole band off and start again, which was made more difficult as I had top stitched the bottom edge.
I cut new pieces for the waistband and re-made the belt loops. This time for the loops I cut a 2cm strip and overlocked the long edges then folded in the edges into the centre, pressed and then edge stitched both sides to have a finished width of 1cm. Now I only had 2 layers of fabric which was much more flexible.
I didn’t bother trying the buttonhole again and made self fabric faced openings for the buttonhole elastic to come out of. I didn’t sandwich the belt loops into the top of the waistband but attached them when I top stitched the waistband edge.
I did manage to get a decent buttonhole for the front opening and I finished it off with a jeans stud button.
The fit of the trousers is great. The back rise comes up far enough, especially as he is still wearing nappies. What I like about slim fitting trousers on toddlers is that you can see they actually have normal length legs, sometimes baggy trousers look like their legs finish around their knees. There is a bit of growing room in these trousers as I cut the length 2cm longer. This is a pattern I will definitely use again.