Creating a Wardrobe: Let's Talk About Jeans!!!

And we're back.... another day, another topic, and of course - more cute clothes!!!!

Today I want to talk about jeans - well any non fancy pant, but in my world my kids need at least 2-3 pairs of jeans.  I love the look of jeans, I love that the fabric holds up to wear and tear, and I love that I can throw jeans on with virtually any top or tunic in Mack's wardrobe.  Jeans are my ultimate neutral/staple..... and yet, I can no longer buy jeans for Mack ;o(

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So, I mentioned before that Mack jumped to a size 4 over the summer, and yet at 2 years old she still wears a diaper.  The hips of a size 4 jean do NOT accommodate a diaper, the rise of a size 4 jean do NOT accommodate a diaper or a bubble butt, and it makes my heart sad to try pant after pant on her and see that none of them fit.

I love my baby girl... and I know that she will have body issues growing up in this world - whether she is too skinny, too big, too tall, etc..... seriously, think about it - do you know a single woman who is 100% happy in her body, that doesn't have a single complaint about a certain article of clothing that is hard to shop for.  This is a reality of life that I will try my best to guide my daughter through - strengthen her for - and have her back in at all times.  But I don't feel like she needs to even know that this reality exists at 2 years old - for now I get to shield and protect her, to love and cuddle her, to watch her play and giggle and love life - she'll just have to do it in jeans made by me.

*now I know tons of people are intimidated by jeans - lots of pieces, top stitching, etc...but really the sewing of jeans is no more difficult that a pair of ruffle pants.  The details may take a bit more time, but more jean patterns have a tons of options - meaning you don't have to do them!*

I have tons of jean and pant patterns because I love sewing pants.  Heck two of my own patterns are pants!  But I was challenged in looking through patterns to find something that would work for my daughter's shape.  I asked many questions in facebook groups to guage the fit of pant patterns I own but hadn't made yet - gotta love on line resources.  Over time I settled on the tried and true Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads (I made these last year for Mack and loved them) and the Pattern Emporium Sweetheart Cargo Pants.

 See - sparkly pink shoes go with everything ;o)

See - sparkly pink shoes go with everything ;o)

So let's start with the small fry skinnies - I love this unisex pattern.... although the name states 'skinny' I find these to be more of a slim straight leg pant on my girl.  I love the separate yoke that gives great coverage in the rear, the fit is perfect, and I love that you have options for functional or mock fly.  I have another pair of these cut in dark stretch denim, but I loved making a fun floral pair first!

The Pattern Emporium Cargos have a nice relaxed fit through the hip and waist with a narrow straight leg.  The pattern has an inverted yoke which I really think is an adorable design detail, however it does result in more of a flat bum rise as opposed to adding extra rise coverage.  Somehow in my first pair, I really didn't notice, but in my second pair (the sparkly jeans), I realized that the rise was just a bit short for my girl.  I will certainly make these again, I'll just add another 3/4 inch to the back rise.

 Gorgeous Cord from  Mabel Maddison  - It's like Butta!!!!!!

Gorgeous Cord from Mabel Maddison - It's like Butta!!!!!!

Can we just take a moment to revel in the glorious-ness of this fabric... it is so so soft.  When this piece arrived in the mail, Mack litteraly grabed it from the pile and started hugging it while grinning from ear to ear and petting it like a kitty.  Mabel Madison supplied the material for these pants, but while the fabric was free - the opinions are all mine!!!!

 hello vibrant colors and luxurious design!!!

hello vibrant colors and luxurious design!!!

This denim pair is a metallic denim, and while I love the look, they are not as soft as other denims - it is the metallic thread.  I also went with the gathered pocket on this pair for another girly touch - so cute!

 I did use a larger SA from the knee down to create a bit more of a skinny leg, but I didn't want to go too far without stretch in the fabric.

I did use a larger SA from the knee down to create a bit more of a skinny leg, but I didn't want to go too far without stretch in the fabric.

So what are your favorite pant patterns - and what are the fit struggles that you find when buying or making clothes for your littles???