I hadn't made big-boy pants before, and there are so many great resources online! For the pants I made, I referred to this site, which is full of great tutorials (the link is to the basic pants tutorial). For the jeans, I really only used this tutorial as a reference, since I had to work with existing seams/etc. After seeing how the jeans turned out, I followed the tutorial to the letter for my second pair of pants (and they turned out much better!)
First I attempted some jeans. My old jeans were at one time pretty slim-fitting on me, so the legs weren't that much bigger than a pair of The Boy's pants. I thought it would be fun to keep the original hem and seams intact as much as possible to give them a less homemade look.
One nice thing about buying cheap jeans (I knew I wouldn't be wearing them for long--I think I paid $11 on clearance at Target for these) is that the denim is nice and lightweight, which makes for easy sewing. Also, since the knees had a little wear, I decided to make the front of The Boy's jeans out of the back part of the legs. (The slightly-worn knees ended up being the butt of the new pants, which is a little funny. I thought I might put pockets on there.)
So, here's how the jeans turned out. Inadvertently skinny. I thought, The Boy is a cool enough dude to pull off this look. The hubs was officially Not Sure about these pants. Then I tried them on The Boy. He was not a happy camper. I guess he's not the skinny jeans type after all.
|Mom, can I take these off yet?|
|Snug. Maybe I'll save them for Little Sister?|
My second try was much more successful. These comfy pants were made out of a pair of lounge pants that were somewhere inbetween sweats and yoga pants. Nice weight for boys pants. I did err on the side of caution though, and these are a little too big--although that's not really a problem as he will certainly grow into them. It doesn't help with our current pants shortage, though.
Here's how they turned out:
|Ahhh, much more comfortable!|
|The back (alas, a bit too long)|
|Who, me? So coy.|
|Definitely couldn't do this in the jeans.|