When I tested the pattern, I made the pants HERE in a khaki canvas fabric with thin gingham lining. But this time, I decided to try a board shorts fabric in a camo print from Fabric Fairy. They turned out FABULOUS! My husband and son really like them. They didn’t believe that I made them. Perhaps that sounds negative, but it’s really a high complement. And it probably means the pants will get worn!
Like I said, the camo board shorts fabric is from Fabric Fairy HERE. This is my first time working with board shorts fabric. It is really soft and flexible, but sturdy enough to construct the pants without problems. I lined the pants in an orange no-name quilting fabric from Jo-ann’s.
My favorite part of this pattern is the top-stitching! I love top-stitching! For these pants, I used an orange thread that looks stunning on the camo print. As a twist on the pattern from Gracious Threads, I added a cargo style pocket centered on the left side leg seam, and Velcro tabs to the side and back pockets. The left side pocket is simply another back pocket, but stitched on after the side seams are sewn together and before the outside and lining pieces are put together.
Following the pattern options, I added button holes to the front waist band and threaded a twill tape through the waist band around the elastic. This gives him room to grow. Although in my experience with my son, he will grow taller before he grows bigger.
As for the pattern, I discussed it in the previous post HERE, but if you don’t want to click over there yet, I will summarize the discussion… the pattern is good because the instructions include the appropriate amount of detail (not too much, not too little), includes all the necessary measurement charts. the sewing steps are numbered and easy to follow, the construction of the pants is best practices (as far as I know), and the resulting garment is well-liked and functional.
Sewing for a boy is tough… Sewing for a tween boy is almost impossible. These pants he LIKES! so I (the Mom) feel pretty good!!!