Friday, May 13, 2011

KCWC - Day 3

Yay! Day 3 of the  Kids Clothes Week Challenge and I have one project complete!

These Dapper Dillinger Trousers were made from a Patterns by Figgy's pattern. If you`ve never tried one of their patterns, I fully recommend them. They are very well written, always look professional with lots of attention to details (without going over the top), and the designs are a perfect blend between fun and functional.

I did make a few small adjustments to the pattern though. When I got to the very last part of the waistband (the flat front panel), my fabric pieces ended up being too small. I`m not sure if I just messed up the seams somewhere along the way, but I ended up cutting another set of front panel pieces that were 1 inch longer than the pattern piece to ensure it covered the front band entirely and neatly. (I was tempted to figure out a way to just `make` the front pieces fit by sheer force of will, but decided it would really just be easier to cut new pieces).

Also, as I predicted, these pants did end up being quite loose for Big C. I made the 4/5T size for my nearly 4 year old (I could have easily gone with the 2/3T) and so I ended up making a couple small sizing adjustments. First of all, I didn`t add the cuffs. Although I love how the cuffs look, they would have made the pants waaay too long so I just sewed a regular hem. I figure when he has his next growth spurt and grows 3 inches in one night, I can add the cuffs then. Also, I finished these pants at around midnight and my sewing machine started acting up and doing crazy things with the tension and wonky stiches (maybe it was tired too!). So I figured it was a sign that these pants were to remain cuff-less. The last adjustment I did was to simple cut a shorter elastic (at least 1 1/2 inches shorter than the suggested length) and really cinch up the pants in the back to they would fit my skinny boy. 

C was a little hesitant to model these for me, but then I told him they were Bruce Wayne pants and he gladly agreed.


  1. I love these, especially the contrasting fabric detail. This is the best pair of Dapper Dillinger's I've seen - the changes you made really worked well!

  2. Thank you! I'm really pleased (and a bit surprised) with how these came out too! I love the pattern and totally recommend it!

  3. These look great! I'm working on a pair for my 18 month old right now and can't wait to see how they turn out. My guys tend to run on the skinny side so I'll be taking your adjustments to heart.
    Also, if you have the Sewing For Boys book, I'm hosting a year long, sew along. One or two patterns per month with prize for each pattern.