Pattern Description: Boys outdoor pants with two front and two back pockets. They have elastic at the ankles and waist. There is a welted pocket with zipper, and belt loops. Full front photo
Pattern Sizing: made adjustments around the 140-152 sizes. I made these in 2009 and it's 2013 so I'm going by my notes. I just remember getting the pattern to fit nicely and my son asking for the waist to be worn low at the hip instead...so I almost had to start all over to re-design it to get the the fit to his liking...they became his favorite pants and he wore them all the time so it was worth it.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Probably... I forget now but I got the job done and was very happy with them so the instructions were generally clear enough. Some of the techniques were not necessarily easy, but the directions were there.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The complexity of the decorative design made them look really nice as a finished project. They appear structured but they were really just elastic waisted pants so they were comfortable for my son to wear.
For the Decorative stitching I used 2 spools of Gutermann 100% Polyester and sewed each row on my Bernina using the length of 3 and was very careful lining up each row and using specialty feet to assist. (sorry, I don't remember which feet). For the stripes in the pants, this fabric was thick enough that I was able to use the reverse of the same fabric so the color blend was perfect. Decorative Stitching
Directions for the welt pocket are on page 44 for the same issue and the diagram is on page 45. I found I had to discover that the welt pieces when cut out needed to NOT have any seam allowances...or at least that's what worked for me. Welt Pockets
Fabric Used: 100% Cotten with a little weight to it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to shorten the top part of the pants to accommodate my son's preference to wear the waist band low. Basically used the trial by error method and my eye. The back pockets required ribbing...so I used the ribbing from an old T-shirt and was very pleased with the result. I added a little embroidery on the back pocket to personalize it with something meaningful for my son. Back Pockets with Ribbing
The waist instructions included two rows of stitching. Something in the process lead me to take out the second row and I just found it to be better with a single row... I think it was that it stretched out elastic too much with the second row. Here's how it came out with the single row. I used 1-1/4" elastic. Waist
When I sewed the pants up I found the back pockets to be way too low (which may have had to do with my altering the fit), so I raised them up to a better spot.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would absolutely recommend it to others. I didn't sew them again only because by the time he outgrew the pants he outgrew the pattern size range too. But we both loved these pants and I've saved them... maybe for another generation someday?!
Conclusion: One of my favorite projects and a fun, good looking pair of pants. One last photo