My family is wonderful. Really. They annoy the heck out of me, but they do fabulous things like give me bags of vintage fabric from estate sales. In one of the recent bags, there were all these fun plaid shirt weight fabrics I have a little guy who is skinny, but long, so pants are a struggle-- thank heavens for summer and shorts, I can just chop off all the too-short pants and make them into board shorts-- so I decided to use some of the plaids for making him some lightweight pants.
I have the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner that has a really cute pant pattern in it that I've been wanting to try, so yesterday, after finding a ridiculously cute remnant fabric with whales all over it, I cut out the pattern pieces and went to town making the wee man some pants.
I think they turned out really well. I love how the fabrics coordinate and that they are reversible. On the side with the whale print as the main fabric, I added a plain black cuff, as I didn't want upside-down whales when I folded up the cuffs on the other side. I also used 3/4 inch elastic in the waistband instead of the recommended 1/2 inch, as that was what I had on hand. Other than that, I made no changes to the pattern.
Whale side (uncuffed so you can see the black part at the bottom):
This was a really quick and easy pattern, and I would have finished it in a couple of hours if I hadn't been sewing them only during baby naps.
And I think he will be able to keep wearing them for a while since they are made long so as to be cuffed. He'll be able to wear them this fall without the fold-over-- especially since he's skinny.