Dapper Dillingers for E

Here’s another new item of clothing for the little E’s wardrobe:

To be honest I’m a little nervous about showing you these pants because although they are totally “me” in a colorful/loud/over-the-top kind of way, I could see where some people would think they were insane even for a small child. But I really like them, and the best (and possibly most unbelievable part) is that E really likes them too. We’ve at least temporarily left the “if-you-put-this-on-mommy-will-give-you-a-piece-of-chocolate” phase and he’s starting to — joy of joys! —  actually pick out the things that I have made for him in the morning. Now I’m no fool, I know part of this is because his poor little Type-A-Oldest-Child personality really wants to please me and when he sees me almost burst with pride when he says “I want to wear the pants YOU made me mommy!” he knows how happy it makes me and that makes him happy on some level. Do I care? Heck no, he’s wearing the stuff I make him!!! And now I’ve likely gone and jinxed it. Whatever.

You probably want to know something about these pants. They were made with the Dapper Dillingers pattern from the lovely ladies at Patterns by Figgy’s, one of whom (the designer of these very pants) is my dear friend Karen. We hang out with our kids nearly every week and I swear I do not just hang out with her to score free patterns, I also really like her as a person. I called her yesterday and asked if she would mind giving away a pattern in honor of this post and she said YES so we’re also having a giveaway OVER HERE (click on that link to enter as comments on this post will NOT be entered in the giveaway).

There are so many elements of this pattern that make it adorable: the pockets, the waistband, the cuffs, and the stitching! This pattern is the kind that you trace, so knowing that E is a skinny kid I traced a size 4/5 for length and a size 2/3 for width. These pants are designed to be very baggy but I knew that on E they would be extra-very-baggy if I made a true size 4/5, and I think it worked out perfectly. 

Unless you are not looking at your computer you can plainly see that I added some navy piping around the cuffs and the front waistband. I have always been a huge fan of piping, both for the ease with which it sews on and for the nice professional finished effect which I think is clearly exhibited here.

This fabric is from the Red Letter Day collection designed by Lizzy House. I lalalove this fabric and am so happy that I have some left to make a new spring purse or something else fun for myself. I’m pretty sure I myself cannot get away with wearing a garment made with this fabric but I’m hopeful that I could pull off an accessory. I also made an outfit for C last summer in a different colorway of this print if you’re interested in seeing baby-wear from this fabric:

ooh! snuck in a girl picture I did!!!

So what do you think: have I finally lost it? Would you put these on your little guy?

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This whole month of the boy (Feb 15-March 15) is a collaboration between me and Dana of MADE along with tons of fabulous guest bloggers. Today Dana’s got a Boy Edition of Thrifty Finds going on over at MADE:

Can you believe she thrifted this ubercute jacket?!? Am seething with jealousy.

Did you miss the link to the Dapper Dillingers Pattern giveaway in this post? Shame on you for skimming. That’s OK, you can still get there by clicking here!

25 thoughts on “Dapper Dillingers for E

  1. Are you crazy?!! I would put those on my girl AND boy! They are awesome!

    Love the snuck in girl picture – lol

  2. Beautiful troosers.

    I love it when my kids want to wear what I made.

    One of my little boys demanded red trousers every day. He'd cry whenever I got him dressed 'I want to wear red trousers mummy'. And I hunted high and low for red trousers. Everywhere. And couldn't find any.

    So of course I made him some and the next day he said 'I want red trousers' I produced them with a flourish. 'Here you are darling, red trousers'. He cried even harder. 'Not that pair'. Sometimes you just can't win.

  3. Oh THANK YOU for posting these pants!! I'm working on a jacket that I'm pretty sure is seizure-inducing……yes, it's that loud. BUT…since you posted yours, maybe I'll be brave too.
    xo

  4. ABSOLUTELY I would put it on my little boy. He's 3 and the louder the clothing- the better. He calls them his "rainbow clothes".

  5. Honestly, *I* probably wouldn't put this print on my sons, but I would probably put the style of pants on them. But I don't think you're crazy; it's all a matter of personal taste. : )

  6. That piping is awesome!! I'll have to try that the next time I make these (which is coming up fast since my my li'l guy is shooting up like a weed!)

  7. I LOVE those pants! I haven't sewn pants (except leggings) for my daughter yet but I am getting inspired. Kids are so funny about what they like to wear. For several months my girl (2 years old) would only wear things with pockets. Her secondary criteria was stripes. As in: striped pants with striped socks, striped (or floral!) shirts, and a striped (or plaid!) hat. Now she's over the pocket thing but she still dresses herself with some interesting results. I often find myself publicly announcing that she chose all of her clothes and I am NOT RESPONSIBLE. And a couple of times a week I imagine writing a blog called "A Two-Year-Old's Guide to Pattern Mixing" featuring the crazy outfits she comes up with. Probably that would be only entertaining to me. Which is why it exists only in my own head.

  8. Bring it on! The louder the better. I have some of the orange "Ducks in a row" fabric slated to be made into a pair of pants. Maybe this pattern is just the perfect match. I'm loving the piping detail.

  9. I probably would put these on my little guy, but it would take me a while…sometimes I need to get used to a trend or style. Maybe I'm just not as adventurous as you! I do love how you made them though–super job and fantastic craftsmanship.

  10. Oh, these are DARLING. I also often wonder if my favorite cloths for kids are boyish enough. I love detailing, like these cuffs and waistbands, and like pleats and embroidery, that is commonly used on girly things. But I love them on boy things anyway, and think THEY CAN WORK!

  11. Ok the pants are AWESOME!! I LOVE LOVE the print!! But I am wondering can you post some stuff for beginning sewers to try? I am determined to make my 3 kids clothes for the spring BUT I don't know where to begin…. the girls are easy but for my son!!! What fabric do I use? Where online can I buy it? (I am in Italy due to my husband being stationed over here, despite what you would think… NOT a good place for fabric it's EXPENSIVE!!) :o) THANKS

  12. Ok the pants are AWESOME!! I LOVE LOVE the print!! But I am wondering can you post some stuff for beginning sewers to try? I am determined to make my 3 kids clothes for the spring BUT I don't know where to begin…. the girls are easy but for my son!!! What fabric do I use? Where online can I buy it? (I am in Italy due to my husband being stationed over here, despite what you would think… NOT a good place for fabric it's EXPENSIVE!!) :o) THANKS

  13. "Unless you are not looking at your computer you can plainly see that I added some navy piping around the cuffs and the front waistband. "

    I laughed so hard I woke up my husband!!

    Those pants ARE so damn cool! They look so comfy too, I want a pair for me!

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