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Seth’s Small Fry Skinny Jeans (Two Pairs)

I made Seth two pairs of Small Fry Skinny Jeans for school. It took a long time to get pictures of him in them, but I finally bribed him enough to put both pairs on yesterday and let Jon take some shots.

I made these the same way that I made Ezra’s. Seth also hates pants with a zipper, but I told him he’s going to have to start wearing them sometime.

He wears long enough shirts that it’s not too big a deal anyway I guess.

I made a size 12 for him after adding a little bit to the outseam on the front and back pattern pieces. This is pair number one.

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Anyway, after I made the first pair I could see that I needed to lower the waistline in the front. He likes his pants to sit very low in the front, but there was too much fabric for him to ride them low without making the crotch a little too long. And when he pushed the pants down in the front, it pulled them down too low in the back.

I tapered down about an inch from the front outseam down to the center front. Then I scooped the back crotch seam out a little bit so that he could have a little more depth for his bum.

I think that made the second pair fit a lot better. He said he likes how the first pair fits, but he loves how the second pair fits.

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I really like this pattern. I think it’s hip and cool and all that. And by the way, Seth had a haircut shortly after we took these pictures. He really needed one!

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 fabric.com 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 fashionfabricsclub.com 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.


New Tops

I bought a cut of fabric last summer that was $2.99 a yard. It was so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up, but when it came it didn’t look all that great. The fabric was pretty thin and not the best quality and so it’s been sitting in my stash all year.

Last week I decided I was sick of looking at it just sitting there on the shelf so I made a top out of it using my Burda pattern. It’s the same pattern that I have used for my running tops.

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It’s definitely not my favorite shirt I’ve ever made, but they can’t all be super duper awesome, right? And I’ll definitely wear it.



While my machines were all set for sewing with knits, I decided to make Seth and Ezra each a t-shirt. School starts one month from today (yikes!) and I have a goal to make them three new outfits each.


I planned on keeping the shirts hanging nicely in the closet until school starts. But I am just not good at that! It almost pains me to see new clothes hanging in a closet without getting any use. So when I asked them to put the shirts on so I could take pictures of them, I let them keep wearing them the rest of the day. I figure they’re going to get stained very shortly after they start wearing them regardless of when the wearing starts.

I used my t-shirt pattern for both shirts. I color blocked Ezra’s like I did his last one.

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The pocket on the front is a bit big, but I dig it.


Seth’s color blocking was easy-I just made the sleeves, collar, and pocket one color and the body of the shirt another color.



I used Robert Kaufman’s laguna stretch fabric for both shirts. I can’t remember if I’ve already talked about this or not, but I’ve gotten very picky about what knit fabric I use to make our clothes. There have been a lot of cuts I’ve bought that ended up being paper thin and the stuff I made out of them got holes really fast so now I try to only buy fabric from designers I know make good fabric.

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Now to live it up this last month of Summer while making school clothes at the same time.