** Disclosure: This post contains Blank Slate Patterns affiliate links, but, I paid for the patterns used out of my own pocket, and all opinions are 100% my own!
I actually made these pants for the kids’ yearly photo shoot back in May, and then they didn’t get worn in the photos. Oh well, J really likes them and wore them quite a bit before the weather got ridiculously hot!
And J loves them! If they are clean and in his drawer, he wants to wear them. My kids are at ages now where they’re very picky about their clothes, so it’s always nice to stumble on something that they just love. These pants fit the bill nicely for J. They’re lightweight, super comfy, move really well, and he got to pick out the buttons! He also sat with me and handed me needles for much of the sewing process, and that always helps endear him to a handmade garment.
I used the main pattern piece from the Parsley Pants and most of the extras are from the Coastal Cargos. I did use the front patch pockets from the Parsley Pants since there is no side seam. The side cargo pockets, flaps and button tabs are all from the Coastal Cargos. The Parsley Pants pattern actually includes a side patch pocket and flap, but I liked the size of the ones in the Coastal Cargos better, as well as the way they’re finished in that pattern.
The other thing I stole from the Coastal Cargos is the finish on the inseam. That pattern is designed with no seam allowances showing on the inside since they are designed to be rolled up. However, I was having a hard time finding bias tape that would work with my fabric, so rather than using bias tape to finish the inseam, like the pattern called for, I decided to do a flat-felled seam.
It was the first flat-felled seam and I ever did, and it was easier, and looked better than I had anticipated! I really like this seam finish on a garment like this — obviously, since I now flat-fell everything!
Not too much more to say. These are great pants, and the pattern is such an amazing basic, staple pattern. I have no doubt there will be many more pairs of Parsley Pants in my future!
Fit: Awesome. These pants fit my skinny minnie (mickey?) great with plenty of extra length and room in the rear for him to grow. As long as he doesn’t tear holes in the knees (a big if), these pants will easily last the whole summer.
Modifications: None to the basic fit, other than to shorten the waist elastic based on J’s waist measurements.
Fabric: This fabric is a pinstriped lightweight chambray from the Michael Levine online store, www.lowpricefabric.com. It was great to work with and is really comfortable and lightweight for J to wear in the summer. I love that Michael Levine has an online shop now and I can have access to quality apparel fabric at a reasonable price (since Joann’s just isn’t cutting it for me most of the time anymore).
Physical Pattern: This is a PDF pattern, but I was impressed at how well Rae was able to keep the number of pages down for easier printing and taping. It wasn’t cumbersome to tape this one together, meaning I wasn’t particularly bothered by having to go through this process.
- Great basic, staple pattern. This pattern definitely has the qualities of a go-to pattern for me.
- Lots of options included in the pattern so you can make a different pair of pants every time. The pattern includes an elasticized front, a flat front, front patch pockets, side patch pockets, tuxedo stripes, pintucks and kneepads. And you could whack it off at the knee for a pair of shorts!
- Really easy sew, particularly in its most simple iteration. These pants are designed with a single main pattern piece. All of the other pieces are extras and add-ons.
- The lack of side seams means these pants must be very comfortable to wear. By using a technique like flat-felled seams like I did, there would be almost no exposed seam allowances inside the pants (other than the crotch seam, not quite sure how to enclose that one).
- Price ($10) is slightly higher than what I would consider standard for an indie PDF kids pattern (I typically see these at $7-8).
- No option for a zip fly or faux zip fly like many of the indie pants patterns I’ve seen. This could be easily remedied by mashing this pattern with something like the Clean Slate Pants from Blank Slate Patterns or the Nowhere Man Pants from Shwin Designs, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having one go-to pants pattern. But if you’re a pattern hoarder like me, you probably have at least one of these patterns anyway!
Overall grade: A. Even with those minor gripes, the ease and comfort of these pants pretty much guarantee that they will become one of my go-to patterns when I need to whip up a pair of kids pants quickly. Rae really does an amazing job with her patterns, and this one is impeccable as always!