Friday, March 26, 2010

Corduroy Jeans

This moment has been long anticipated . . . I finished my first garment of 2010! I cut these out in December and was hoping they'd still fit the boys. I'd intended these cord jeans for the oldest, but figured they could fit either boy since they are currently the same height and weight. I'd already made this pattern for Alex in denim. I slimmed the previous pair additionally by narrowing them through the hips and waist, which made for something akin to skinny jeans! This time I added elastic in the waistband to keep the pants on while maintaining a bit of the bagginess.

Front on boy #1. Peter was thrilled with his new pants until he tried them on. They're uncomfortable in the crotch. I think the fit looks nice, but you can't argue with discomfort. He generally wears elastic waist pants, so I can't tell if there's a problem with the fit or if he's just accustomed to a looser fit.

Back on boy #1.

Front on boy #2. I asked Alex to try them on and, voila, he loves them. Peter is thin and wispy, but Alex is narrower and really solid. The elastic isn't allowing the waistband to lie flat. I don't mind too much about that, but next time maybe I'll try using elastic only in the back.

Back on boy #2.

The pattern is Ottobre 4-2008-28. The fabric is brown/blue corduroy from

He's happy with his new jeans and has already tested them by playing football in the mud with the neighborhood boys...
I'm less happy, though, as the fly front is absolutely, dreadfully wretched. My spirits were lifted a bit when I discovered this Threads video by Sandra Betzina. I will definitely try her method next time.


  1. I think they look great on BOTH boys.......again, can't argue with comfort. When DD#2 was very young, btw 5 & 9, if she wasn't in a dress, she would ONLY wear boys shorts because they had more room in the crotch. She never liked her clothing pulled up where they belonged - hated tights....It was always an argument. She wore lots & lots of dresses. Smocked ones.


  2. Bravo! Bravo! I bet it feels good to finally add thread to the patterns you've been cutting out all through your stint as a nomad. Hurrah!

    I haven't sewn any clothes since coming back! Not even kid clothes. Not even doll clothes! Useless!

  3. Wow! You came back with a bang!! They look awesome!

  4. Great pants and glad at least one son finds them comfortable!
    I think a muddy football test is a very reliable one.


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