Tuesday, August 27, 2013

in stitches: w pants by blank slate patterns tested

It's a bit rewarding to make things by hand. Sewing clothes for kids is absolutely not cheaper than buying items you can pick up in big stores, but has a largely increased smug-mum factor. Sewing is also more time- and space-hungry, so with my sewing space in disarray and returning to part-time work, it's a good thing there are fabulous PDF patterns getting around.
I was given a copy of Blank Slate Patterns' W Pants to test. As with all Blank Slate patterns, this one is packed with options: three lengths, sizes 12-18months to 8 years, lots of nifty details such as welt pockets, full fly and belt loops.
I have fallen for these patterns. The instructions are so clear, and I love that this patterns suits a range of skill levels. A beginner could pick this pattern up and make the most basic option, then work through the more complex details as their skill set develops. You might know the gorgeous designer of Blank Slate patterns from her blog, Melly Sews.
I think my welt pocket version with contrast waist look awesome. I used a cotton drill for the main fabric, and a chevron print corduroy for the contrast.
I will be cracking out this pattern again, there are summer shorts required! Oh, bring on that lovely warm weather, Spring.


  1. Still love that chevron. Pinned!

  2. I love that chevron!
    My mom does all my sewing for me...I am totally spoiled I know. But fabrics in the US are so much cheaper! When I was home last I picked out so many projects for her to work on! I can't wait to see the results!

  3. Oh they look fab, love the contrast fabric. mel x

  4. LOVE!!! Those pants are the bomb.

  5. Oh I've really got to get a sewing machine! I crochet little things for the girls, but they take forever. I'm an instant-gratification kinda girl! There's never enough hours in the day to indulge my crochet, haha x

  6. Gosh I LOVE these. So good to see something for the boys. You did a great job!



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