September is National Sewing Month and the good folks over at AllFreeSewing and FaveCrafts are celebrating. They invited me to share a sewing-related tutorial as part of their month-long National Sewing Month party. So today I’m over there sharing a simple technique to take your kids’ pant patterns to the next level with some pleated knees.
But before you run off to check it out, I want to show you a bit more of the pants sporting these pleated knees.
I started with Blank Slate’s pattern, the W-Pants (affiliate links). The original pattern only goes up to a size 8, so I had to do a bit of home grading to get the right fit for my 10 year old. I have other pant patterns I could have used for him without doing any size adjustments, but that back yoke detail and welted zipper pockets of the W-Pants are just too cool. I’ve been wanting to make them again since first sewing a pair for my seven-year-old during the Pattern Anthology tour last month.
For the last W-Pants, I did patch pockets on the back, which I loved. But I was really excited to do the welted zipper pockets on this pair. It’s just such a unique, stylized look. I wanted to draw even more attention to those pockets, so I created a sort of mock-pocket outline around them. After making the zipper pockets, I took the original pattern’s pocket lining pieces and used those as a tracing guide around the [on-pattern] angled zippers. I chalked out the rectangles and then topstitched the outline. And I think I’m a genius because seriously! how cool are these pockets?!
It probably helps that the original pattern is fantastic with some of the coolest design lines ever in that yoke and angled zippers. But topstitching always seems to kick things up a notch. And with that, I’m ready to send you off to check out the magic behind those topstitched knees on the front of the W-Pants. So click the Pleated Knees button below and get all the details!
W-Pants by Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate links), self-graded to size 10 with pleated knees and added topstitching details
Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover by Peek-a-Boo Patterns (affiliate links) in size 10 with added shoulder and elbow patches
Fabric for Pants: Vintage Selvedge Denim from my mom
Fabric for Pullover:Striped French terry and leather scraps from SAS Fabrics and repurposed rib- and sweatshirt knit