Friday, June 17, 2011

A quick change to the Quick Change Trousers

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The Quick Change Trousers is undoubtedly one of the most popular patterns to make from my Handmade Beginnings book. I think its obvious why: they are sweet, simple, reversible, easy to make and easy to wear. It almost deserves a flickr group all its own, because there are so many adorable examples on the book's flickr page (along with so many other great sew-ups)! And in my book, (not sure if that pun was intended) any great, straight forward pattern calls for some fun adaptations. In fact all patterns call for this to me. Having a pattern is great, but it is always just one way to do it. So today I thought I would share another, really simple way to do up these trousers.

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Making the shorter variety of the trousers is an obvious adaptation that really requires no explanation or change to the pattern other than amending the length. Great. Yay. Got it. But Roman's wiggleyness, and activity level these days really makes me on the constant lookout for one piece clothing, so that his clothes will stay on. (Almost all childrenswear manufacturers stop that at 24 mos for some reason, what the heck? It drives me nuts.) And though the book pattern for the Quick Change Trousers only goes up to 24 mos (no space for more!), because it is so simple to begin with its also pretty simple to grade up in size. Roman is slightly taller than average for his age, but he can still wear the 24 mos size in this pattern due to being pretty narrow through the hips, and we don't do the cloth diaper thing (do you? wow, I am so proud of you. sigh.)

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Here are the main components of amendment to turn your Quick Change Trousers into overalls:

- Transform the front leg pattern piece into one continuous leg + bib front piece. To do this you are really just adding a rectangle to the top waistline edge of the front leg pattern that extends to cover your baby's chest. This will mean the center front seam of the pants will continue up in a straight line to the top of the bib (how long this line will extend depends on your child's height and how high you'd like the bib to be). The top horizontal line of the bib is at a 90 degree angle to the center seam line. The bib width will not be as wide at the width of the front leg but stop a few inches short of that- really just depends on how wide you'd like the bib to be. The side edge of the bib, at least Roman's, is a straight line just until it is a few inches away from meeting the waistline of the pant leg again, and then it curves out towards the side to meet the waistline. Of course, just try it first on paper, and pin it to your annoyed toddler's shirt to have a look.

-You'll also need to make some straps. Roman's are a finished 1.5" wide, which I think looks nice and supports the 1" wide buttons well. His overalls have a few extra inches of finished strap (the button end of the strap behind the bib) to allow for some button moving once he grows a bit. To make the straps, I first cut the straps extra, extra long, sewed them right sides together with one finished end, turned them out, pressed them, then stuck the unfinished ends into the back of the pair of pants he was wearing, crossed them across his back and then over his shoulders to judge how much I might need to shorten. In all instances I firmly believe in messing with your kid to get it right. No reason for you to suffer alone, I say. Struggle brings two people together. Team work is worthwhile work.

-Where was I?

-The assembly of the overalls will follow the exact assembly of the trousers, with the exception of:
-sew the straps into the back waistline seam before you join the inner and outer pants together
-only create an elastic channel on the back of the pants between the outer edges of where you have placed the two straps, and anchor the elastic in place at both ends of the channel
-double sew a pair of buttons on opposite sides of each finished strap end to keep them reversible (total of 4 buttons)
-create button holes in top corners of bib front

hey.thats.mine

We used an adorable Kokka print (covered in chalk above) that I picked up at Purl when we were in NYC earlier this year. Roman loves this print so so so much. For the months I waited to get started on the project, he would bring me the fabric and gesture for me to spread it out on the floor so he could lay on it. I need to go cry now. I'm back. He is such a stinkin widdle sweetheart.

messabout.boy

And because of that I put hugs and kisses on his butt. Fabrically, not literally.....but well, his little tush has been loved. Oh and the reverse, is made all from this print, which is adorbs, but haven't gotten him still again lately to show you that. We've made a few pairs now, and all have been worn shirtless too.

have fun, lots of love, Anna

30 comments:

  1. I am sorry, but it was almost impossible to read this post... I was utterly distracted by your adorable model... he's stealing the show!

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  2. I love every last thing about this post. Thank you for the laughs and for a great idea I can't wait to try out! :-)

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  3. yay!!! so awesome! going to try it!

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  4. What a pretty boy!
    "Struggle brings two people together" - wisdom.

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  5. Those curls... Yum! Great overalls, I love getting "the secrets" to making patterns. It is all adding shapes to shapes when you come down to it. :)

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  6. lLove it. I'm adding this to my to-make list.

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  7. Baby playing with chalk - good mama! That's an adorable adaptation and very well explained. My favorite part is the hugs and kisses on his butte. We know that's not just fabrically. You can't fool us.

    But, really, when I received my Loulouthi, the Hugs & Kisses print was a great surprise. I didn't appreciate it enough until I saw it in person. Very clever you are with your signature as a dot. Yes, clever, clever.

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  8. This is great, the quick change trousers are a go to pattern for me whenever my boys need new pants. I will definitely try this version!

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  9. Totally adorbs. I don't think my 14 y.o. son would be into overalls, sadly.

    Ahem, not to be outdone by her big brother's broken wrist last year, I spy someone about to wheel down the steps on her scootie!

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  10. Oh my he is a widdle cutie...I wish i sewed when my son was young! I would have put kisses on his bum too!

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  11. OK. So I dropped out of bloggy-world for a bit to open my fabric store, so I must say this: MAN, is he BIG! And beautiful! Where does the time go? :)

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  12. I blogged about these awesome pants of yours *last night* and then this morning you go and make them even cuter! I love creative people; they're full of surprises. Thanks for that!

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  13. I love dungarees and overalls. They look so cute, and I'm sure they are much more comfortable to keep on when you don't really have a definable waist. My two definitely enjoy wearing them.
    The contrasting fabric on his bottom is ever such a sweet touch. I might applique a heart on one cheek on the next trousers I make for my little ones.

    I love your Soul Blossoms range. I am busy making a small lap quilt each for my daughters with it.

    http://dressmakerelves.blogspot.com/

    Andrea

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  14. These overalls and that little boy are just too cute!!!

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  15. Haha Andrea, Soul blossoms is my friend Amy Butler's fabric... but I'll be sure to pass along the compliment :)
    xo, Anna

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  16. what a great idea! those overalls are too cute. I just finished making my little one a pair of seersucker shorts using the QCT pattern, and now I think he's going to need a pair of overalls as well - thanks for the idea!!

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  17. Anonymous4:26 PM

    So sweet--both the project and the model! I know what you mean about clothing manufacturers not responding to what children want in their clothes. For little boys, there's nothing fun after the infant sizes and for little girls, finding pockets in their clothing is surprisingly difficult. These are the reasons I got back into sewing!

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  18. Oh my goodness, he's so adorable! You just don't know how to make an ugly child do you?! And, thanks for "boy" ideas. Our first grandson is arriving in September and it isn't easy finding cute patterns for boys, even on the web. Please keep them coming!

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  19. Oh I love, love, love these! :) I would never have even thought to make them overalls!! That is why you are the designer, and I am the sewer of your lovely items! My 7-month old has 3 pairs of these trousers and gets compliments everywhere he goes in them (he pretty much wears a pair everytime they are clean! haha). I need to make many, many more and overalls. Thanks!

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  20. We love the quick change trousers around here. I've been making some shorter versions with some elastic in the legs for a bloomer effect for my two year old girl. It's a wonderful and adaptable pattern--thank you.

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  21. i tried to make the baby from Handmade Beginnings last night and ended changing it up a bit :-) not on purpose. I call her Feel Good Fannie because she makes me feel so good each time I lay eyes upon her.

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  22. Love, love, love the overalls... going straight on my to-do list!

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