Am in a boy-pant quandry. I adore the Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern. His favorite pair of pants and the most worn handmade, ever, by a long-shot is a pair of Kudzu Cargos. Both of these pants patterns are skinnied - a cut that I am committed to. And my boy is even more committed to it. For me, it's about style. For him, it's about tucking into boots and running as fast as he can. He claims that anything with a wider leg will get caught and trip him or something. Makes sense.
The dilemma, is that both of these patterns require that I find a woven with stretch in it. I have decided that I need to be able to touch this type of fabric, since it varies greatly. And we live one million miles away from the fabric stores so 98 percent of my fabric shopping is done online. It makes it almost impossible to get my hands on a stretch twill or something like that.
Plain old, bottom-weight wovens are what I have to use or just quilting cotton. So, I have a couple of ideas. The most exciting one is to leave the skinny jeans pattern as it is and to cut the pants out on the bias. The other, less daunting experiment was to add a wee bit of width to the existing pattern, which is what I did here.
I added 3/4" to each vertical plane on the pants pattern plus I made the pockets 1/2" bigger all around.
I think that the fit is good. And I'm excited to have the pattern with a little bit of ease in my arsenal in case I come accross a really good print in a woven that I want to use. I made a quick Bimaa too (which may go unworn since it has been made, apparently, for a "burgular" - a role that my son is not interested in playing).