Sewing for the kids without having regular access to them can be challenging for a Grandma! When I find a pattern that I know fits them I rely on it. I have an elastic waistband pant pattern that I know is a good fit for Mr. O. But a drawer full of elastic band pants isn’t that exciting- so I’ve been on a mission to redesign my pants into more interesting versions. Today I’m going to go through how to add a fake fly and pockets to an existing elastic waist pant pattern.
Adjusting the Fake Fly
The fly was easy to add. You’ll do these next steps on both of your pant legs. Start at the pattern’s waistline and add 2″ inches. Draw a line straight down toward where the crotch curves out. Stop about 2″ away from your crotch seam and draw a curve till you are back at the original cutting line. It should look like this —–>
Sew the crotch seam as you would if you hadn’t added the fly piece. Now press your fly piece to the left. Top stitch along the seam line. Top stitch the mock fly you created and pressed to the back left. This will give you the look of a fly, but no real opening. Bartack at the base of the fly, again giving the look of a “real” fly opening. find instructions for bartack here.
Finish the inside of the pants by serging or adding a zig zag stitch the outside edge of the fabric piece you added. If you are serging make sure you don’t cut your pants!
Cutting the Pockets
To make the pockets I took the pattern piece and cut the area out where i wanted the pocket to be.
I used the piece I cut out to shape my pocket and pocket lining. The pockets, cuffs and waistband are all in this fun contrasting argyle that I found quite by accident one day while shopping for something else. That is always the way it happens, isn’t it?
Begin by sewing your pocket lining to the front of your pant leg right sides together.
Press seam open and turn. Top stitch along the edge.
Match your pocket and pocket lining right sides together and sew along pocket edge.
Bartack in the corner of your pocket to add stability.
Continue to construct your pants as directed.
For a fun look I added a contrasting waistband. Since these pants had a turn over elastic waist they needed to be shortened up so that I could add the waistband. I simply subtracted the waistband from the pant and then added back my own waistband. I stitched two lines and because there is only elastic in the back the front will lie flat.
I added cuffs and a tab for even more interest. I know these will be long for Mr O but we can roll the cuff for now and hopefully he will still be able to wear them in the fall . Can you even believe I am talking about fall when we have not even had spring yet! Oh the fun of growing children! I guess being a grandma and having gone through growth spurts with four children, I tend to look forward a little more.