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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beanpole Jeans

No, I made the obnoxiously loud shirt a while ago! It's the jeans I'm looking at now. Alex has worn holes in all the jeans I've made him, even before he grew out of them. In fact, he's already started wearing through these (at the heels where he's standing on them) and they've come through the wash only once.


I was determined to skinnify these jeans for a perfect fit once and for all. I may have overfit them now, but they're definitely skinny. I don't know why, but the front fly looks super long. That must be an optical illusion given the skinniness of the pants, since I really didn't choose a 12" zipper.


I like the curved back yoke and the overall fit. One thing Alex doesn't like is the front pockets. It's too difficult to put his hands in since they're higher and, um, tighter than traditional jeans pockets.

I still used elastic at the back waist. I think everyone could benefit from more elastic in their garments.

Nobody was volunteering to pose in their new pajamas, and pajamas usually remain in the obscurity of the non-blogged anyway, but I had fun making the boys some guitar nightwear. Red cuffs for boy #1, green for #2.

Sources:
"Corduroy Pants": Ottobre 5-2006-19.
Denim: S.R. Harris. 1 yard at $4.50/yard.
Guitar jersey: Mill End Textiles. 3 1/3 yards at $1.60/yd.
Night Owl PJ top: Ottobre 6-2009-34.
Stripey Legs PJ pants: Ottobre 6-2009-35.

19 comments:

  1. Kids are actually hard to sew for so please believe me his jeans look terrific! You might be able to insert the zipper a little more above the crotch and that would help with the appearance of the zipper being ong. But, truly, jeans that sit at the waist, appear to have a long zipper, when in fact the zipper length is only normal.

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    1. Ah, good point. I hadn't thought about the fact that the waist is higher than usual.

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  2. I agree about the elastic. The front pockets on jeans can be tricky.
    I think you might need to renegotiate the photo model terms with the kids soon:)

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    1. We'd save ourselves a lot of trouble if we went with straight elastic. Forget the zippers!

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  3. So clever to make jeans...something that I have never attempted so far,but perhaps I should.These look like they fit really well too!!

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    1. Some denim bell-bottoms are calling your name!

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  4. I think they look good! Your kids are lucky that you give so much of your time to their clothes!

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  5. These look great though I must say that the higher waist is an unaccustomed look to my eyes. Not only does the zipper look long, but the back yoke seems very wide. My boys are also very skinny. Burda published a skinny jeans pattern sometime last year that I traced off and have not tried yet...hopefully I will get to it before they grow out of that size...I'll let you know if it works out. This week I have been modifying my elder son's board shorts to put elastic in all the waists...at his age, they don't seem to come elasticated anymore, but I agree with you on the elastic.

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    1. This pattern is from 2006 - were waists so high even then, or is this pattern an anomaly?

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  6. Seems like being long and skinny is a common thing for boys this age. My nephew is the same and my sister in law has a tough time finding pants that fit him. These jeans look great. Your boys are lucky to have a mom that sews such awesome things for them!

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  7. The jeans look great, Joy! I hope these don't end up with any holes in them straight away. Love the guitar print on the pjs...I think I have some of that somewhere in my stash.:)

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    1. The guitar print is a lot of fun. It's thin, though, and probably not suitable for anything besides jammies.

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  8. Nice boy sewing!! I like the jeans, although my boy abjectly refuses anything with a zipper (for which I am counting my blessings). I really love the loud shirt. I remember when you posted it before thinking that Logan would love it. Thanks for the reminder! I think I'll trace it off tomorrow so I don't forget again.

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  9. Yay for sewing kids jeans! (Actually, you probably do it a lot more than I do...) Especially with elastic in the band.

    It's funny,I tend to say that kids are easy to fit. It's not true---it's just that you (I) tend to worry less about bad fit because they're going to grow and the fit will change anyway. Tyo got some skinny pants from the thrift store at Christmas and I don't think they'll make it, fit-wise, to the end of the winter. So glad they were five bucks second hand, not something I worked hours on to make her...

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  10. They look fantastic! I am glad it is not just me who tries to find ways to put elastic into the pants I make my boy too.
    Love the pj idea too :)

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  11. Very nice-looking jeans! Your boy looks happy in them (and adorable in his loud shirt).

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  12. Great jeans! I remember sewing string bean boy jeans. The wearer is now 19 and still a string bean at 6'4". I also used to buy larger size RTW (longer leg) pants and put elastic in the back waistband to chinch in the waist.

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  13. Those jeans look just fantastic!! I love the contrasting orange topstitching and the fit looks spot on. Well done!

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  14. Oh, I love the pj's. You do such a nice job on jeans for your kids. I like that curved back yoke too!

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