Sunday, May 26, 2013

Parsley Pants: PASS

My kid is growing like long, skinny, weed. Two days before his school concert, I realized ALL of his pants were too short in the legs, too big in the waist, and sporting holes and/or dirt stains. As this wasn't a production of Annie or Oliver Twist, we needed new pants, fast.

Enter Made-By-Rae's Parsley Pants. I'd been eagerly eying this pattern, which claims to be both easy and spiffy. Rae delivers the goods. The download includes the pattern in sizes 2-10 and suggestions for several variations, all with easy-to-follow instructions, clear illustrations, and valuable tips on construction.

For the concert pants, I used pink denim out of my stash. (It is not quality stuff. Perfect for the short, hard, life of kid's pants.) I added front pockets, pin tucks, and this ridiculous homemade contrast piping. The combination looks like it came straight off a 70s lounge singer, or perhaps Super Fly. My son absolutely loves them. Finished just in time for concert day...and completely filthy by the time the concert started. (Sigh.)

Knowing the pink pants wouldn't hold up long, I made up another pair in a lightweight red denim. (Yes, I made my son red trousers.)  This time I left out the pin tucks, remembered to lengthen the legs, and used a larger pocket. My son says they seem a bit snug, which I think means they'll stay up when he runs. If needed, I can pick apart the waist seam and adjust the elastic to make more room. But with such a nice finish on the inside (if I do say so myself), I'm hoping I don't have to. Maybe I'll learn how to work with button elastic for his next pair. With as fast as this kid sprouts, I'm sure there'll be many more Parsley Pants to come.

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