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Mr. Baby Does Spring: Streamline Pants

Here we are…second to last wardrobe item for Cheeks!  You may recognize these from the Raglan Tee post.  Here is his third pair of pants:  Brindille & Twig’s 075: Streamline Pants*

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants
Belly!

Made a 9-12 month size in Birch Organic cotton interlock.  Also used a small bit of a sweater knit from JoAnn Fabrics for the pocket “piping.”

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants
Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

These are probably the sleekest and maybe most grown up looking (as far as you can get with a roly poly chunk o’ love like Mr. Baby) pants of the collection.  I really love the bum gusset and the adorable, FUNCTIONAL pockets.

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

I don’t see myself making a lot of these in the near future, because they were the most detail-packed and thus slowest sew of the bunch but I do really appreciate and enjoy the pattern.

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

They also go up to a 6, so perhaps I can make him more of them as he grows (you know, until what I make isn’t “cool” enough anymore.  Or whatever the kids’ll be using to express that same sentiment in a few years).

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

And now, per usual, it’s time to pick at this pattern.  Here are my gripes, hints and things I will do differently next time:

  • GRIPE:  The pattern calls the optional strip of fabric on the edge of the pocket “piping.” There is no cord within the strip of fabric, so it’s technically not piping.  I am slightly annoyed that it’s technically NOT piping but called piping, but know it doesn’t really matter.

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

  • GRIPE:  The pattern calls for basting the piping to the pocket edge a mere 1/16″ of an inch away, and then the inner pocket edge is sewn with only a 1/8″ seam allowance.  Whaaaat?  No other pattern of theirs I’ve used has had this tiny of margins for anything.  It would be nice if this pattern was consistent and used a 1/8″ and 1/4″ instead.
  • HINT:  I basted the pocket bag edges to the side seam and waist edge at 1/8″ to make construction easier.  I also topstitched the pocket edge itself, which you can see above.
  • GRIPE/WILL DO DIFFERENTLY:  This pattern calls for stitching the outseam of the pant, folding the ankle cuffs in half lengthwise, stitching onto the pant bottoms flat and then sewing the inseam.  All other B&T patterns I’ve used have you sew the short end of all cuffs together to make a circle, fold lengthwise and stitch into the completely sewn pant leg.  I’m not a fan of the serger ends sticking out per the way this pattern directs, so I’ll use the typical cuff directions for any future pairs.

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

  • MAY DO DIFFERENTLY:  The fold-and-stitch waistband is a little bulky at the pockets.  It’s not horrible when it’s finished, but I may just add another waistband on to streamline construction and eliminate said bulk.

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants
Look at that perfect accidental matching on the outseam!

Lord, what an anal whiner I am. Hey, they’re cute, and nicely constructed pants.  The details go the mile.

Brindille & Twig Streamline Pants

Wardrobe completion:
9 out of 10 reviewed (1 2 3 4 5 6 7) and blogged (1 2 3 4 5 6)

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