A tuxedo stripe is a a great way to feature a bold print in a fun way! Take these pants I made for Elliot:
I put a little piece of the print on the patch pockets for another fun pop of print.
Shown here with a Flashback Skinny Tee-turned-henley — another easy modification on the basic tee that I hope to show you how to do at some point.
These pants also look really great with the white and orange hoodie I made last week for this tutorial!
But today let’s focus on the pants…they’re just a simple two-piece pant (so two main pieces; one for each leg) with a tuxedo stripe topstitched on the side. I also sewed the waistband with a flat-front (just like I did with the heart pants for Clementine; Dana has a great flat-front pant tutorial here that’s pretty similar to the way I do mine, if you’d like to give it a try). Here’s a basic how-to for the tuxedo stripe:
If you use ribbon or a piece of bias tape that already had the edges folded under, you could skip the “fold and press under” part of Step 2, and just pin and stitch it down. But basically, you just topstitch the stripe onto the side of your pant, then fold up the ends of the stripe into the waistband and hems.
As you can see, I also added kneepads. This fabric is a medium-weight cotton and is therefore prone to holes at the knees, so beefing up the knees will hopefully help these last longer; plus, I like how they look! Since there’s no side seam on these pants I just “hid” the edge of the kneepad under the tuxedo stripe, if that makes sense. I hope to share a more thorough how-to for this kneepad as well, but of course, there’s only so much time for this busy mama. Realistically, what I want to post and what I actually have time to post are two very different things, as I’m sure you all know. Such is life, right?
You’re going to really miss this guy when Celebrate the BOY is over, aren’t you? Just a few more days left!
Updated: OH! Totally forgot to tell you: if you’re interested in purchasing the fabric that I designed for the stripe, you can find it on Spoonflower, right here.
DAY 1: Rae: Saffron Pants and Color Roundup / Dana: 5 Steps to the Basic Tee
DAY 2: Rae: Little Bit of Color Hoodie / Dana: Pants Roundup
DAY 3: Rae: Hoodie Tutorial / Dana: Kids Shorts/Pants with Back Pocket Tutorial
DAY 4: Rae: Show your Stripes Turtleneck / Dana: 13 DIY Fabrics
DAY 5: Rae: Stripes Roundup and Celebration Garland / Dana: Favorite Tee Shirt Buddy Toys
DAY 6: Rae: Fox Tee / Dana: Big Stick Jammies
DAY 7: Rae: Bold Prints Roundup / Dana: Beach Robe to House Robe Remix