When the Aviator Pants Pattern by Winter Wear Designs was released a couple of months ago, I immediately noted it as a pattern I’d love to sew for my kids. The design is modern and cool, but also look comfortable. And now the designer, Suzanne, has released a grown up version of the pattern and invited me along on the pattern tour. Yay!
I had big plans for these patterns. The Aviators, both kid and women’s, are versatile and fun, casual and just a tiny bit funky. I thought it would be great to make a few different versions, for myself and the kids, using the different options in the patterns, and different types of fabrics. Show you all kinds of ways to use this pattern, for all kinds of clothing needs. I have two to show you today.
First, a super simple kids’ Aviator for my sporty 6 year old. He loves football, it’s pretty much his life’s passion at the moment. So I made a pair of aviators using his sweatshirt fleece in his favorite team colors. I love the triangle detail in the pattern, especially for adding color. I also used the pop of orange at the waistband, pockets, and cuffs.
We went with a size bigger than he’s in right now, so he can get a lot of use out of these. The fit is great, just a tiny bit big, like I was hoping for. And he loves them. He begged to stay up the night I was working on them, so he could wear them to bed as soon as I finished. Then he wore them to school the next day.
Now, the other pair. Oh, friends. This pair was not meant for my son. They were supposed to be for me! As soon as I saw the women’s Aviator pattern, I thought they would make great hiking pants. I ordered some waterproof, lightweight sport fabric from Seattle Fabrics, and was so excited to make myself some outdoor pants. Sportswear is so expensive, and it’s hard to find good hiking pants for less than $50. The fabric arrived, it was fantastic and perfect. Except it had no stretch. Zero. Zilch. The pattern calls for stretch fabric, but says that even as little as 10% stretch works. But still, 10% is a lot more than 0%. blergh. So I sized up, and hoped for the best.
And was super stupid and didn’t measure anything.
I just got to work, doing all flat-felled seams for durability, zippered-welt pockets, and really making sure these would be awesome hiking pants. And then I couldn’t even get them over my hips. At all. Gah! So, the 11 year old got a new pair of too-big hiking pants and I got a whole lot of humble pie.
I need to order myself some more fabric, because I will make myself hiking Aviators. Next time, though, I will measure out the pattern pieces against other woven pants I own, since knits are so much more fit-forgiving than wovens. The other women’s Aviators that are popping up on the tour are all looking fantastic. Since I have none of my own to show you, check out these:
Karly’s cozy, long-leg Aviators at Paisley Roots, Kelly at Handmade Boy has two pair and super fun photos you have to check out, and Jessica’s hip and chic pair at Pattern Revolution. So many ways to sew, style and wear this pattern! You can check out all the stops on the tour
Pattern Revolution 10/20
Paisley Roots 10/21
Handmade Boy 10/22
Sew a Straight Line 10/23
Lady & the Gents 10/24
Shaffer Sisters 10/24
Additional Fun 10/25 And you can grab any Winter Wear Designspatterns, including the Aviators at a 15% off discount using the code AVIATORTOUR (excludes bundles) through 10/26/14. Buy both the women’s and kids’ Aviators, and save 30%!! I was given the Aviator patterns to sew and tell you about. I’ll be telling you more about them just as soon as I make a pair for myself I can actually get over my womanly hips!