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Jon’s Pants (Pair #3)


Last August, I had a goal to make Jon two pairs of pants for work before he started teaching his new semester in September. I got one pair done, but the black twill I bought from fabric.com for his second pair has been sitting on a shelf just waiting for me to follow through with that second pair.

Last week I finally made them. I used the same Burda pattern that I have for his other two pairs of work pants I’ve made him. I like that pattern, but the legs are pretty wide. I wanted a more slim fit and we’ve taken the legs in with every pair. This time, I think we finally have the legs looking the way we want them.


Instead of using the Burda instructions for the welt pockets, I used the instructions from one of my Oliver + S patterns that has welt pockets. I made new pocket pieces that would work with those instructions because I understand how to do it that way.


Oh man, I did a dumb thing when making those welts, though. I think the pattern placement for the welt pockets is pretty low, so I moved them up. But I didn’t realize that I moved the pockets up a little higher than where the dart above the pocket ends. That’s a bad thing because after I got the pocket attached I realized that there was a bit of dart at the bottom of the pocket! It looked terrible-like a pucker in the fabric.

But I unpicked the pocket, pulled back the interfacing, unpicked the dart and started over and it all worked out in the end.


I have never liked interfacing and I’m not sure why, but I am slowly learning that interfacing has many virtues when used in the right situations. I didn’t interface the waistband in his first two pairs of pants, but I decided to interface this waistband and oh my goodness, it looked so much better. I wish I had thought to have Jon take his belt off so I could get some pictures of the waistband, but I didn’t. I will definitely be interfacing all his waistbands in his dress pants forevermore, though.

I studied all the details on his ready to wear dress pants while making these and tried to copy them. His storeboughts had a bar tack along the short ends of the welt pockets, so I bar tacked his welts too.

And the front pockets in the pair I studied were also bar tacked about 1/4″ down from the waistband, so I did that too. It helps them lay flat and it looks cool.


I loved making these pants, even though it took awhile. They were a satisfying sew!



Some Button-Up Shirts (And A Little Tie)

I found some fabulous shirting fabric at Joann over the summer and last week I finally got around to making Jon a shirt out of it.


I used the same Kwik Sew pattern that I’ve used for his others. This time, I took the shirt in a little bit more on the sides. I’ve taken it in some nearly every time I’ve made it, but it was still too big. I like how this one fits.




After I finished his shirt, I still had enough fabric left over to make Owen a shirt too. I used the Fishsticks pattern that I’ve used before for Owen’s shirt. It’s an easy pattern and I finished it pretty quickly. Quickly for a button shirt, anyway.



He was peeking through the crack at our neighbor in this picture.

He was peeking through the crack at our neighbor in this picture.


After Owen’s shirt, I still had some fabric left over (Those three yards served me well!) so I made a newborn tie for a baby shower for my neighbor.


I used this┬átutorial that I’ve used before.

I’ve had my fill of that fabric and it’s time to move on! But, matching is pretty cute for sure.

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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 fashionfabricsclub.com┬áfor 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.



I made Jon another tie for Father’s Day.


While making it, I realized that when we digitized our pattern (See the Free Patterns And Tutorials tab at the top of the page if you’re interested in downloading the free pattern) we accidentally put the notches in the wrong place by a little bit. Too bad we didn’t notice until after it’s been downloaded a couple thousand times.

But it’s fixed now and that’s good.

Father’s Day Shirt

Jon is super cheap when it comes to buying himself clothes (he never does), but he likes it when I make him clothes. I know it’s just because I can make them for so much less, and he doesn’t even have to set foot in a store (he hates shopping).

But I like making them too so it works out great. For Father’s Day, I made him another shirt using my Kwik Sew pattern.


This is the fourth shirt I’ve made for him so far. I’ve been tweaking the pattern a little bit each time. This time, I made the collar yet a little wider. I’ve widened it every time, and I think it’s finally wide enough now to fold down and cover his tie nicely.

I also took the sleeves in this time. They were way too wide for him. I think they fit just right now.


I love this fabric. It’s a cotton poly gingham and it’s so soft and it was great to work with. I also really like making men’s collared shirts.