Sewing Patterns to build a wardrobe

I’ve been moving gradually toward handmade wardrobes for the kids. The two patterns I’m sharing today are great staples for that. And they pass another big test for me they work for both the kids. There are affiliate links in this post.

The Skinny Jeans

I hesitated making these jeans for O, because I was worried about fit. I have made them before for M. She gets a TON of wear out of hers. It’s great to be able to cinch them up at the waist, they stay on her because of the elastic in the back and she still gets the length and body size she needs. You can see the upcycle and adjustments I made to her Skinny Jeans HERE.

O just crested into 5s so it seemed a good time to risk it, while everything was going to be a bit big by default.

DIY skinny jeansIn other news, HE FOUND HIS POCKETS! It took 4 years, but he thinks they are pretty cool now. They’re long, but everything is on him in the 5s. I’m going to roll them. Since there is room in the body it gives him plenty of time to grow.

DIY skinny jeansThe weather just turned by us. Barefoot days might be gone for awhile. It was good we got one more day of running in the grass squeaked in! We’ll have more of these pants in our future. If you prefer your Skinny Jeans, skinny, there are steps to alter if you get a looser fit like this. I prefer this fit for my kids.

V-Neck Shirt

The Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns is great for both too! Again I sewed up a 5 so he would have a little room to grow.

vintage v neck

I used my double needle at the hem. This tee sew up fast and has multiple sleeve length options.

vintage v neckRibbing around the neck makes it easy on and off for little ones dressing themselves.

Both of these patterns are part of the Sew Fab bundle. The bundle goes away Tuesday morning the 8th so if you’ve been waiting it’s time to jump on it! If you don’t want the bundle click the links above to find the patterns individually.

What’s included?

26 amazing ePatterns from 26 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle.  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the images for more  information about each pattern.):

Reversible Zippy Hoodie from Kitschy Coo, Ananda Pants from CHOPSTIX, The Sally Dress from Very Shannon, Best Harem Pants from Too Sweets , Notebook Slipcover from Gingercake, Junebug Dress from Craftiness Is Not Optional, Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, Skinny Jeans from peek-a-boo, Pajama Eaters from Sew Fearless, Ruffle Dress from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Go To Cape for Women, Sadie Grace Nightgown from Seamingly Smitten, Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns, Zermatt Bow Swing Coat from See Kate Sew, Tumble Tee from imaginegnats, Nituna Jacket from Figgy’s, Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June, Gathers and Giggles Quilt from Sew Much Ado, Billy Car Play Mat and Roll Up from Handmade Therapy, Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing, Candy Carousel Dress from Molly Blossom, Convertible Clutch from LBG Studio , Infinity Sweater from One Girl Circus, Undies Pattern from From the Red Kitchen, Owl Backpack from The Sewing Loft, Ethan Shirt from the Scientific Seamstress This Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from September 30th at 8 a.m. EST through October 8th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds.

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  • sorahart October 7, 2013, 11:27 am

    Did you sew a faux fly in O’s skinny jeans? Is that an option? Thanks for the wardrobe building pattern suggestions! I really appreciate hearing what has worked well for others.

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 7, 2013, 11:40 am

      There is a faux fly stiched on this pair. Since the denim thread had proven to be a bit of a challenge for the machine the first go, this pair is topstiched in a navy blue thread. But yep the faux fly is an option!

  • April October 7, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I have the skinny jeans pattern and I need to make a pair for both kids! I also need to dye some fabric before I make Miette’s. Those look great on him and the tee is perfect!

  • Amy mayen October 7, 2013, 2:30 pm

    I haven’t used the skinny jeans yet but it was a pattern I already had out of the bundle:) when he gets bigger there’s a pretty decent McCalls pattern that I’ve used a coup,e times. They’re hard to come by lol

  • Jill Flory October 7, 2013, 4:49 pm

    So cute! I love that shirt and I love that you are sewing for a boy and making it cute and fun but still looks like a boy!

  • Jenya October 11, 2013, 4:37 am

    Both items are great. I love the penguin print on the shirt 🙂

    Most of my daughters clothes is mummy-made. I buy her cheap tees from shops. I was lucky to get her 4 pair of jeans for $1 each from an op shop. All the cool stuff was made by your not so humble servant hehe

  • Ajaire October 15, 2013, 3:36 pm

    In haven’t sewn a pair of skinnies yet, but they’re on my list. I love that they work for both genders.
    It makes me feel better that O just found his pockets. My girl has no interest in them at all and I just thought she was weird 😉

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