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