Yesterday was good to us! I finished these sweet pants after dinner while the kids were waiting (nagging) for me to come upstairs and watch a movie with them. The pattern is Favorite Things’ Little Smarty Pants which I bought ages ago here.
I can’t say this is the best pants pattern I’ve ever used (okay, I haven’t made a lot of pants) but I found them to be less than a perfect fit for Lauren’s shape. Through the butt and legs they are perfect but around her waist they were too big. They’re supposed to have a nice smooth waistband in the front, with elastic in the back—a design feature I love—but I ended up having to insert some elastic in the front waistband as well. I also found the construction and shape of the front pockets to be fussy. Ultimately we are happy with them; I am happy because she gladly wore them to school today. And she is happy because they are not only cute, but comfy as well. Lauren is not a lover of pants—fashion-wise—so I knew I would have to make them irresistibly cozy to entice her. I did this by lining them with some awesome stuff I got at Mill End last fall called cashmere cotton flannel. It’s unbelievably soft and drapey. Almost like a rayon—but it’s not, it’s cotton.
Anyhoo. I took a ton of notes about what I’ll change on this pattern and plan to cut today and sew another pair tomorrow. Until then…
One more thing. I think Meg has really hit it out of the park this time with all the incredible resources and helpful info she has provided/shared: amazing tutorials, pattern designers, and inspiring photos. Way to go, Meg!