I'm so happy to be a part of the Small Fry Skinny Jeans Tour today, put on by lovely Laura from Craftstorming.
One of the things that distinguishes Laura and her blog is her clever take on boy duds. She is not afraid to bring on the cuddly, the purple or the playful for her little guys and I heart this. My son has not yet shown an interest in sharks or orange or warriors. It can be really difficult to find him clothes in the store. So, I was thrilled when she asked me to be a part of the tour for her new, super-fabulous skinny jeans pattern. And I found no shortage of inspiration to get me going over on her blog.
So, on to the pattern. This guy had me at flat-felled seams. The pattern is so very carefully done. Every detail has been considered and there are plenty of tips to help you along the way amongst the 84 pages. This is a put-your-big-girl-pants-on sewing project. It requires your focus and attention. And it's a total thrill. Please take a moment to check out the stellar fit of these skinnies - does this guy not look like a little rock star?
About the sewing. Laura really did her homework here. The pattern is very thoughfully crafted and I can't believe that she just started sewing a couple of years ago - it's so professional! Unfortunately, because of the busy fabric that I used, it's a bit difficult to catch the details here but there is a coin pocket, topstitching and the option to put in a real live zipper and button-hole elastic if you so choose. The pattern goes up to 12 years and I plan to make it again and again. For now, though, I know that my littles won't use a zipper or button so I kept it simple. I put in a faux fly and a standard elastic waistband. You can kind of see it plus the topstitching and coin pocket here.
The biggest change that I made was to drop the crotch. I love the new skinnies for boys that are cropping up with a super skinny leg but a slouchy, comfy top. I added an inch and a quarter to the rise and got some good, rock star slouch from it, I think.
I added piping to the yoke, which made the construction a bit confusing because there was supposed to be a pretty, little flat felled seam here too (the pattern includes perfect, professional finishing techniques) but I like the little bit of blue to break up the print.
My boy is totally in love with these pants. They are made from a stretch twill that I got from my favorite brick and mortar store. And I'm kinda feeling fevered about them too - like... maybe I want a pair?
Oh, this kid. How did he get so lanky? And how did I get so lucky? Such a bright, kind little guy.
I'd like to make a couple pair in upcycled, distressed denim next. Now hop on over and get yourself some skinnies to sew. You can use the discount code: TOUR20 to get 20% off of this pattern.
And if you're looking for inspiration, check out these fine sewists and their skinnies.