Recently I have been on a mission to persuade my little Katie, who is otherwise quite a tomboy, to wear trousers. She has been refusing to wear them for well over a year now. Leggings are fairly acceptable but trousers get a huge refusal. I did try persisting for a while but got fed-up of her wandering around in her pants – her approach is to remove the offensive trousers as soon as my back is turned. However it occurred to me that she might accept the idea of ‘tracksuit’ trousers since that is what she sees Finn, Angus and Islay wearing for Fetlicks (athletics). She is desperate to join in their activities, especially running. My first pair met with her approval but weren’t much of a success in terms of looks (my attempts to adapt a baby shaped pattern didn’t go very well) but the second pair is much better.
I used super-soft Nani Iro flannel (from a washi dress that I don’t wear – I have a washi top but don’t find the dress style very flattering on me) and added elastic at the bottom, in a knit fabric channel, to create the tracksuit effect. Katie is happy and so am I. I think that is a win! I adapted the Basic Pocket Pants pattern from Meg McElwee’s Growing Up Sew Liberated*.
Pattern:: Basic Pocket Pants from Meg McElwee’s Growing Up sew Liberated book
Fabric:: Nani Iro flannel, a few years old recycled from a dress which I don’t really wear
Size:: Size 4T but with waistband made with knit fabric and bottom adapted to create a knit fabric channel for elastic
*I have made lots from this book over the last few years. I tend to find that some sewing books are very good value, I only need to make 2 or 3 items from the book for it to be more economical than buying individual patterns and often there’s a lot of other information included too.