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|Clever Charlotte: Raven Hoodie and Pants (Raven Hoodie and Pants) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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|Posted on:||2/3/13 9:17 PM |
|Last Updated:||2/3/13 9:19 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Stretch Denim [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: From the pattern back: The straight-legged Pants include three pocket styles that can be worn on the front or back. The Pants feature buttonhole elastic in the back waistband to add flexibility in fitting. |
Pattern Sizing:The pattern comes 2T-8. I made a 4T for my 5 year old daughter. She generally wears a girls 5 in ready to wear. She matched the size chart measurements exactly and they fit really well other than they are a touch low in the rise at the back. Fit photo
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The photos on the envelope are actually really hard to see, but they look like the other examples I have seen around the internet of the pant and I am happy with the result.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow. I changed the sequence of some of the instructions to make it easier to do jean-like top stitching, but otherwise generally followed them all the way through.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like that the pants are so uncomplicated to sew, but produce a really cute result. There are only 6 pattern pieces and two of them are pocket and pocket lining. I also like that it gives you instructions for putting in the button hole elastic. It makes them so much more adjustable. There wasn't really anything I disliked about the pattern.
Fabric Used:I used a heavy weight stretch denim. Probably a bit heavy for kid's pants, but I had it on hand. It is nice to have some stretch, but sewing and top stitching on it with decent results took a lot of trial and error. I used a stretch needle for straight seams and double jeans needle for top stitching. Be prepared to crank up the tension. For regular thread I went from 4 to 6 and when I used the top stitching thread I had to turn the tension all the way up to 9. I never got top stitching thread in the top and bobbin to sew properly. I always had to use regular thread in the bobbin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I didn't alter the actual design of the pattern, but I did change the construction a little. I sewed up the side seams first, so I could double top stitch them like jeans then the inseam then I put one leg inside the other and sewed the crotch. I also finished all my seams on the serger, except the waistband. side seam top stitching
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would definitely sew them again and I would recommend them to others. If I was just making them as pants and not messing around with the double top stitching needle they would be super fast to put together. The only thing I would do different next time is add about 1/2 inch to the rise as they are a touch low in the back for my daughter.
Conclusion: A super fast and easy pattern with cute details. There are three pocket choices, so lots of room to change up the look. I've even seen them done up like cargo pants for a boy, so when my son gets older I may get even more use out of the pattern.
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