Not-So-Smarty Pants by Vint Hill Vintage

Though it wasn’t my original intent, I’m going to count these pants for my son as my February Pants Challenge since it’s now February 25 and I haven’t sewn a stitch on the jeans I intended for the challenge. I don’t see how I’m going to fit them in before Friday, either. Too much to do and not enough time.

When I finished cutting out another Thurlow skirt for myself (which I drafted out of the Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers, if you’d believe it! Click through for the original scoop on those smarty pants!), I realized I would have plenty of fabric left for a small project and the perfect thing hit me instantly: a pair of cords for my boy. He’s at an awkward size right now – he’s needs the width of the size 3T and the length of the size 4T. The result has been him running around in 4T pants and having to hike up his britches all day long to avoid the dreaded plumber’s problem.


I used a TNT pattern, New Look 6880 for his pants in size 3 but added about 3″ to the length. They are basic elastic waistband pull-on pants so I added a pair of patch pockets on the back side for interest.


Since the pants were so easy peasy, I whipped them up first, before starting the skirt or any of the other 8 patterns I cut as part of my day-long cutting spree. Once I had completely finished sewing the pants, I started on the skirt. I was happily stitching along when I realized that I had cut the skirt waistband only from lining fabric and NOT out of fashion fabric! DOH! I guess that happens when you’re in a cutting marathon and cut 50 pattern pieces at a time. Thankfully the pants needn’t be sacrificed because I had a strip of fabric left that was just wide enough for the skirt waistband. Unfortunately, it had to be cut on the crossgrain, rather than straight – a bit of a bummer considering it’s corduroy. It turned out to be visually interesting in the end, so I won’t complain.


I have already worn this skirt several times and I love it almost as much as I love the gray one. Now I just have to be careful not to dress us in matching mother-son outfits by accident – it wouldn’t be the first time!

If you want to read more about the skirt or any of my other makes, head over to my blog, Vint Hill Vintage.

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