I bought some really nice denim about a month ago with the intention of sewing pants for my boys. They literally go through a pair of store bought jeans in 2 weeks. I’m not kidding. They just wear out at the knees. I’ve taken to feeling the knees on every pair of jeans I see in stores just to try and find ones that are nice and thick and I’ve yet to have found that magic pair. I actually am suspicious that jean companies are making them thinner on the knees 😉
Anyway my point being that maybe if I made pants for the boys they will last longer. These will be the test.
The pattern I used is the Number 9 Trousers by ShwinDesigns. I’ve made several of their patterns (like the Lucy Top) and while I love their designs I usually have a bit of a hard time following their instructions. Not that they aren’t clear but simply because my sewing style and way of thinking through a project is different. The only part I really had trouble with on these trousers was the back pockets. I ended up only putting one in on side which actually looks pretty cute.
This was the first time I’ve used darts for a better fit on clothes and I love them. They make everything fit better and look more professional.
This guy was totally thrilled with his new pants and had a great time being a little goofy for the camera.
Here’s my breakdown of the project to see if in the long run it’s worth it to sew them their pants or not.
Material costs: approximately $6.00
Pattern cost: $9.00
Time spent: 3 hours
First run, probably not worth it. However the next time I make the same pattern it should take me a lot less time to sew as well as not costing me anything for the pattern again. So the more times I make the pants the cheaper they get as long as I’m not spending more on the fabric.