About a year ago I had a go at making Joshua a pair of simple trousers. There are many tutorials for making these by tracing around an existing pair of trousers to make your pattern. They turned out pretty well - for my first attempt. So I decided it was high time I had another go - not least because he has grown out of so many pairs of his trousers recently!
I found some really cool fabric at my local fabric store, it looks like camouflage, but upon closer look it's actually lots of little dinosaurs!
We had a few days of sunshine so rather than making trousers I thought I'd start with a pair of shorts (obviously those haven't been needed lately what with all the torrential rain we've had here in the UK!!). So here are my very simple shorts -
Armed with my new 'skill' I decided to try a pair of trousers...but I wanted to be a bit more adventurous!
I dug out some plain fabric and teamed it up with some fun 'boy' fabrics and planned the trousers.
This is the basic trousers, the inner leg seam sewn and ready to be embellished.
I thought some little 'patches' would be cute!
This is a little pocket - for the back of the trousers.
The final embellishment is.....
Cute little turn ups!!
So, once the embellishment had all been done, all that remained was to sew up the outer legs of the trousers, and the waistband.
I am soooo pleased with these! Here are some other shots of them -
And of course, here's a photo of Joshua actually wearing them (he loves them!)
One last little amendment I did make to them was to add button tabs to keep the turn ups in place. I purposely made the trousers longer than Joshua needed so that they'd last him a long time.
I still have some of the dino camouflage fabric left so my next plan is to make a pair of trousers from that fabric too. I haven't thought what embellishment I'll put on those yet, maybe some front pockets to make them a bit like combat trousers.
I haven't really ventured into clothing for myself yet but I have ordered some lovely floral cotton with a view to possibly trying to make myself a top from it. Luckily some Twitter friends are on hand with clothes-making advice ;)