Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ezra’s Small Fry Skinny Jeans (And A School Clothes Collage)


I finished Ezra’s last pair of school pants-hooray! I used the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern by Titchy Threads for this pair. This was my first time using this pattern, and I liked it.

I didn’t use the pattern to its fullest, though. The pants include instructions for a zip fly or a half fly and an adjustable waistband. I chose to do a faux fly and an elasticated waistband.

I chose to do this because 1) Ezra said he absolutely did not want zip pants, and 2) since this was my first time making these pants, I didn’t want to waste a lot of time putting in a zipper and making an adjustable waistband if they ended up being something Ezra doesn’t want to wear.

I think they turned out nice the way I made them, but they would probably look better if I made them the “proper” way.

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I made Ezra a size 5, and I think they fit pretty well. The sizing chart on the pattern seemed to be very accurate, so it was a good guide. They are definitely fitted jeans! I think they look cute on Ezra.

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I used some mid-weight stretch denim from for these. It turned out to be very nice denim.

I also used my rivet press to add some rivets.

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Ezra is sick of me taking pictures of him in clothes for sure! It was really hard to get a smile out of him, but when I told him I was all done taking pictures he looked like this:


I also finished a pair of these jeans for Seth, but I haven’t taken any pictures of him wearing them yet. Then I need to make him one more pair of pants and I’ll be done with making school clothes for now.

I wanted a picture of all my hard work in one place, so even though Seth’s last pair of pants will be missing from this picture and so will the outfit Ezra is currently wearing (He had Meet The Teacher Day today and was so excited to wear his new clothes for it), I took what I could get.


This picture also includes one shirt and one pair of shorts for each of them that I made at the beginning of the summer. They’re still in good shape so I’m counting them as school clothes.

Ezra’s Field Trip Cargos


I finished another pair of pants for Ezra for school. I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants pattern for them because I’ve used that pattern several times for my boys and I really like it.

Ezra is going to be six in about two weeks, but I cut a size 5 for him and I think I could have even cut a size 4 and they would have fit. Most of that is because he’s such a little twig, but I also think this pattern runs just a tad bigger than the other Oliver + S patterns that I’ve used.

He insisted on holding his glow bracelet for all these pictures.

He insisted on holding his glow bracelet for all these pictures.

I used some stretch denim from Joann that I had left over from making me some shorts.


I put buttons on the cargo pockets this time to keep them from flapping around.


The first time I made a pair of these pants, the cargo pockets started coming loose after just a few washings. I couldn’t reinforce them very well at the tops because the fabric was so thick that I couldn’t get my needle to go through it. But now I have learned to hammer my fabric to flatten it out and then it goes through my machine really well.

After hammering these pockets, I sewed back and forth over the top edges a few times and then I also added a little zigzag stitch underneath where I sewed back and forth to be double sure the pockets aren’t going anywhere.


I’m glad Ezra says he likes them and I hope he’ll get a lot of wear out of them.

More School Clothes

I’ve been dutifully working on Seth and Ezra’s school clothes. I’ve got two weeks left to finish my goal of three outfits each, and I’m so going to make it!

I finished another pair of Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts for Ezra. I made them the same as the other pairs I’ve made because I know Ezra will wear them if they’re like that.

I used some tan twill I had left over from some Sunday pants I made for them awhile back.






He's so twiggy that it almost looks like there's no body in these shorts in this picture!

He’s so twiggy that it almost looks like there’s no body in these shorts in this picture!

After I finished the shorts, I made two more t-shirts for each of them. I used my  t-shirt pattern for all of them, and I color blocked them. It’s kind of boring that I made all their new shirts just t-shirts, but that’s really all they want to wear.

I used Kaufman Laguna Stretch fabric for all of them too, with the exception of one of Seth’s t-shirts. I wanted a little bit of black for that one and all I had left was some black that is not good quality. I thought it would probably be ok, and it was ok but the fabric has no recovery so it stretched when I serged the collar on and never rebounded back. Grrr!

Here’s Ezra’s new shirt #1:


He chose green and black because he said they are “ninja colors”.


and Seth’s new shirt #1.


Seth doesn’t care what colors I use.


And here’s Ezra’s new shirt #2:


I put a sassy little pocket on this one.


and Seth’s new shirt #2. This is the one with the neck that stretched out a little bit.


This is his I can’t believe you’re asking me to put on another article of clothing so you can take a picture of me face.


Then I said something that made him laugh.


Now to make them two pairs of pants each. I hope the fabric I ordered for Seth’s second pair gets here in time!

Cords For Jon And Seth

In my last post, I talked about my school clothes making goals for my kids. I also have a goal for husband clothes-I want to make Jon two pairs of pants and a shirt for work before his 7 week summer break is over and classes start again.

I finished a pair of pants for him last week.

The dog matches.

The dog matches.

I used the same Burda pattern that I used for his last pair of pants. I made them the very same way, except that I tapered them a little bit more from the knee down this time.

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I used some stretch corduroy from for these. The stretch in the fabric made them a little bit looser than his last pair, but I was having a hard time finding some medium weight corduroy that I liked that didn’t have any stretch in it.

The brown ended up being more reddish than it looked online, and that makes them look slightly 1970ish. But I think it’s ok.

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I had enough corduroy left over to make Seth another pair of Sunny Day shorts.


Now I have one whole outfit finished for him for school. Two more outfits to go.

I will probably make all the rest of the shorts I’m going to make for the boys out of the Sunny Day pattern. If I get a pattern to where it fits great, then I’m going to use the heck out of it! And my boys don’t mind having a lot of clothes from the same pattern. I think they prefer it.

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I think I put those yards of corduroy to good use. All that is left is a tiny scrap. Plus, matching is cool.