It’s Kids Clothes Week!! YAY!!
Only, I’m really not doing much this week as far as kid-related sewing goes. However, I do have some freshly sewn kid clothes to share, that I’ve completed recently. I was lucky enough to get to test Made By Rae’s Parsley Pants a couple of weeks ago. The Parsley Pant is a really straight-forward, basic pant. Quick and easy to sew. But like so many of Made By Rae’s patterns, the Parsley Pant has great options for adding detail to make the pants custom to your kid. I was testing the 7 and 10 sizes, and wanted my boys’ pants to look more rugged. I also wanted a good spring/summer weight so that we could get some good use out of the pants over the next few months. I went with stretch poplin for both pair, using the contrasting color for the seven-year old’s details, and contrasting stitching on both for more interest.
The Parsley pattern includes pieces and directions for adding patch pockets, flat front or full elastic waist, cargo pockets, knee patches…I’m probably missing something else. Anyway. A lot of options. I did the basic elastic waist on both pants, patch pockets and the knee pad/patches. I added parallel rows of contrast topstitching on the knee patches of both pants. I’m hoping this will add more durability to the otherwise light-weight fabric, and I think it looks really cool.
I also did cargo pockets on the bum on the size 10.
The pattern is totally gender neutral. The Flickr pool shows all kinds of awesome Parsleys for boys and girls. A lot of you have been commenting and emailing about wanting to sew more for boys, especially school aged boys. If you’re wanting to sew for boys, and aren’t sure where to start, the Parsley Pant is the pattern for you. It’s versatile, the instructions are clear with fabulous illustrations (seriously, best I’ve seen). You can use the same pattern for anything from pajamas to shorts to playwear, just by changing your fabrics and your design elements. The finished pants are comfortable, with elastic waist and wide legs, so your kid will actually wear what you’ve made. I really want to made some Parsley out of sweatshirt knit. Need to add that to the to-sew list. But for now, my boys have some great new pants, perfect for camping, hiking, playing, and just hanging out.
The rumor is the full Parsley Pant pattern will be available for purchase and download Thursday, April 25th. Check Made By Rae for details.