Wednesday, November 6, 2013

For the Boys Blog Hop



I was really excited when I got the opportunity to be a part of the For The Boys Blog Hop. I want to thanks Madam Samm, from Sew We Quilt and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy for putting it together! It's easy to sew for a little girl, but being the mom of a boy means that I sometimes need to get a bit more creative to make something that is both adorable but not girly.
 
So when I came across this awesome pattern for the Small Fry Skinny Jeans from Craftstorming, I just knew I had to make them for William. It took me a little while to figure out what fabric to make them out of, but I have always wanted to make him a cute little outfit for Christmas so I went with that. I used a fabric from Kate Spain's Joy collection, and it worked out really well. Winters here in Texas don't get that cold, so these will be perfect to wear on a sunny winter day.

We've had some nasty weather around here recently, and outside is basically a mud hole. That makes taking pictures with a non-cooperative toddler quite difficult.
I have to say he looks pretty darn adorable in these red pants, and they fit really well. The pattern is only a size 2T which is just perfect for William. I think a t-shirt with an appliqued Christmas tree will really complete this look.

So we love the show Big Bang Theory, and one of the characters named Howard always wears bright colored skinny jeans. It wasn't until I was halfway through making them that I laughed about these being William's Howard pants.

You can tell from how he is moving around in all of these pictures, that he has plenty of room to play around.

Once I got them off of him, I was able to get some better detail shots.The polka dots are a bit wonky like snowballs and I love them.

The waistband has a casing with button hole elastic so that it can be taken in or let out. This was my very first time using button hole elastic and it was so much easier than I was thinking. Plus I used this adorable red and green zigzag print for the facing.

 I used the same zigzag fabric for the pocket lining. It looks so cute peeking out from inside the pockets :) Cute in a manly way of course!

These pants had 3 button holes that needed to be put in, and I am really happy with how they turned out. I have made button holes before in the past, and they would always turn out wonky. One thing I loved about the tutorial I used for the pants is that she tells you exactly when to serge your seams. And if you don't have a serger, then she gives you other options for finishing them.

I loved making these pants for my little man, and I want to go buy some corduroy because I think they would look awesome made out of corduroy! Be sure to check out all the other awesome blogs in the For the Boys Blog Hop!

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66 comments:

  1. Great work, Hillary! They are just adorable., such a cute little model. ;). Glad you joined us!

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  2. What Coolio pants William - you rock!!

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  3. Great pair of pants and he looks so adorable in them. I loved making clothes for my son when he was that age.

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  4. Love all the little details like the button hole elastic and the pockets. Great idea to make the facing the same colour as the pockets.

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  5. Fabulous! William looks so cute in his red trousers - I love the patterned fabric inside!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Sweet 'britches'!! And the little one modelling is precious!! Don't blink.......they grow up real fast!

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  7. Love the red pants. I was interested in the button elastic. Looks like it worked out well. And of course your model is adorable.

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  8. Hee Hee, I'm surprised your got clear photos - 2 yrs olds move all the time!! Great pattern and thank you for sharing.

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  9. Great project. He looks just adorable. You know he'll need some kind of belt buckle and a dickie eh?!

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  10. They are really cute!! He does look adorable in them

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  11. totally cute. some may miss your post, glad I scrolled down….nice to have you join us

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  12. Oh my those are the cutest "Howard" pants I have ever seen. What great touches with the fun lining too. Where oh where were these things when my boys were little? :-) What a cutie! And by the way, Big Bang Theory is the greatest show on TV! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much!! It truly is a fantastic show! I love Amy and Sheldon :)

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  13. Cute, cute jeans - and precious young man! blessings, marlene

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  14. You made some very cute britches for a very cute boy ! Your top stitching looks perfect. I like the interfacing you used in the waistband.

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  15. Oh he is too too cute. I see a bit of Micheviousness in those eyes. His little britches are adorable-i love the contrasting waist band and they will be
    cute in cords for sure.

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  16. Howard pants! You are hilarious! They are sew smart looking on William. Glad you did get to show us the close up detail photos, too. I love the chevron you used for the lining. You sure did a great job! Nice to meet you, Hillary!

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  17. Love the pants. I used to make pants for my son--until he refused to wear them!! LOL!

    PS Enjoyed reading yur blog!

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    1. Thanks! For now mine is still willing to wear the things I make him :)

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  18. "Howard" pants are the best!! Great project :)

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  19. Very cute pants and you did such a great job. Pants are always intimidating to me with the zipper and those pockets but that pattern sounds like it has wonderful directions. thanks for sharing.

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  20. Cute pants and model! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Love the red pants! I have some red corduroy fabric I was thinking about making pants for my grandson. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Very cool. My son loves colorful pants all year round. Those are spectacular!

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  23. Great job. William makes a great model!

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  24. Those are great! Love how they have the button elastic. We always buy the grandson those type of jeans because he is so super skinny. Love the Howard pants!

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  25. I'm so impressed that you made jeans I'm practically speechless. Thanks for sharing they're adorable and so is your model!

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  26. awwhh...he's adorable! Great work on those pants!

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  27. Great looking jeans...love the color! I used to make clothes for all my kids when they were little, jeans included.

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  28. It's so rewarding to make clothes for our kids. These pants will look great in corduroy, too. Thanks for sharing your little one. I love the personal touch.

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  29. Love the pants, great detail. The model was wonderful. Love the way he posed for each shot LOL.

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  30. Cute! And so is your model, LOL. Now I can hardly wait for my niece or nephew to announce that I am going to be great-aunt so I'll have a little one to sew for. These jeans turned out really cute. I totally get the Howard reference as he has some pretty wild clothes.

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  31. How very cute is your model and those pants really rock. For the Boys is such a fun hop and thank you for joining. Creative Stitching Bliss...

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  32. Your model is really sweet and handsome. His pants are really well done!

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  33. So adorable! And so are your little pants. Great job. Thank you for sharing.

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  34. Super cute! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Great looking pants on an adorable little elf!

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  36. How cool. Garment sewing is so tedious. Good for you.

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  37. Great job on the pants, and what a cute little model you have!

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  38. Haha! Howard pants! I LOVE them. :)

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  39. Cute little guy you have there. Cords would be perfect. Lots of nice details in the pattern and I liked your special touches.

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  40. What a cutie patootie, love his Christmas pants. He will be the center of attention.

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  41. Very cute pants, & cute little boy wearing them.
    cheers
    maggie


    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  42. Love the Christmas/Howard pants you sewed up! Awesome job on making them fit so perfectly.

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  43. Your son is adorable and you did a great job with making his pants. A appliqued tree on a white t-shirt would be a perfect Christmas outfit.

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  44. Your pants are awesome, thank you for sharing.

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  45. Cutie William needs a Howard belt and a dickie to complete the outfit! Sew cute!

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  46. These are so cute and so is he! I wish I could make a pair of pants as well as you!

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  47. those are awesome "howard" pants! and the little details are killer! i love seeing kids in bright colors. they can get away with wearing practically anything!

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  48. I love these pants and I love The Big Bang Theory! Thanks for sharing your creation with us today.

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  49. William is too cure:-) Good choice going Red!

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  50. So cute!! with his style an action --- the red pants sure fit him! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. The button hole elastic looks so difficult, and you made it look so manly cute with the zigzag fabric.

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  52. First, William is adorable and a great model. I have a son and three grandsons one of which is 2, so I understand the challenges with cooperating for pictures. Second, you did a phenomenal job on the pants. They rock! You did a fantastic job. The button holes are perfect and I cannot imagine doing button hole elastic - that is great! I love the contrasting fabric you used for the facing and the pockets. They just add a great touch. Thank you for sharing your project, participating in the hop and being a great inspiration.

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  53. Adorable! And the pants are cute, too! :) I miss those days.

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  54. What cute jeans and you did a wonderful job on all of the detail and the little guy modelling them is a sweetie.

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  55. The jeans look fabulous - love that they have an adjustable waist band too!

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  56. I'm impressed, me and clothes making are not a good match! :)

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  57. Very well done, I can't sew clothes either or I think i can't...- maby I'll try when I get some gandchildren *lol*
    Lovely pictures of a very cute boy!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Bente

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  58. Your little man's "Howard" pants are adorable! (Not quite as cute as HE is, but cute!)

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