Tree Climber Trousers

So I’m finally going to get around to showing off some of the Kid’s Clothes week sewing! I mentioned in the wrap up that in a overly caffeinated late night state, I may have put my hand in the air for some fast turn around pattern testing. Normally that stresses me out to an extreme, so I tend to avoid it. I’m so glad I got a chance to sew these up!

Tree Climber trousers, Great Unisex pant pattern

The Tree Climber trousers are part of the new Winter Wonderland Pattern Anthology release. For those of you not familiar Pattern Anthology is a collection of four designers’ work. It is available as a collection at a discount for 2 weeks, and then the patterns are broken up and sold individually in their pattern designer’s shop at full list price. This collection is being offered as the full collection, the girl’s collection, and the boy’s collection. The Tree Climber trousers are part of the boy collection, but as you can see they totally work for a girl too. ***Update you can now buy these patterns individually. Find the Tree Climbers at Go To Patterns. (affiliate)

Tree Climber trousers, Great Unisex pant pattern

I’m really picky about pant patterns, but I’m really a big fan of these. I would say they are a 2 1/2-3 1/2 hour project from printing to completion for a confident beginner sewer, who is familiar with taping pattern print outs together. Considering the style level of the pant I think that’s really reasonable.

I was moving through them pretty fast due to the time constraint and I never had to pull my seam ripper out once. Which is the best way I can say, the directions are clear and make sense!

I kept my test pair pretty straight forward, but the pattern really offers a lot of room to personalize and add cool twists. The reinforced knee is my favorite part!

Tree Climber trousers, Great Unisex pant pattern

Since I was sewing with a green cord from my stash, which is neither pink or purple, I wanted to make sure to add some girly touches so my incredibly picky 2 yr. old would put them on. I tucked a floral print into the lining of the front pocket and the waistband, as well as to the back pocket flap. Just enough to sell them as flower pants.

My nervousness may have been unjustified- she loves them. Which is high praise these days.

She’s pretty slender for her size so I pulled my elastic in tighter than her size recommendation, so yours probably won’t appear quite so gathered.

Tree Climber trousers, Great Unisex pant patternI’m excited to sew up a pair for my little guy, I have a fabric he picked out and requested pants from. It is a quilting cotton, which has me a bit stuck. With snow in the forecast that would be a bit impractical. I’m debating lining them. So I will over think how I want to do that for awhile. Any suggestions on favorite ways to line pants?

Find the pattern at Go to Patterns, now on sale individually. (affiliate)

Happy Sewing,



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  • April November 5, 2013, 12:50 pm

    I thought about doing the last minute testing for these but was way too stressed thinking about it! They look great! And I’m loving the reinforced knees, will be perfect for my active boy. Wish I could help re: lining pants but it definitely doesn’t get cold enough here for that!

  • Amy mayen November 5, 2013, 1:26 pm

    No ideas on lining- but I’d love to see what you come up with! We do long johns here. (Thermal underwear) I really like this pattern now that I see it up close! I wish they’d use technical flats on the pattern covers, so I could see all the cute details. I always wait to see the tour because I like to see exactly what I’m getting before I buy.

    Your pants look warm and cuddly, and yes, girly:) great job, and now I’m sold on this pattern:)

  • jenya November 6, 2013, 3:05 am

    Rachel, the pants are lovely and will totally work for a girl 🙂 Love the plashes of colour on the pockets and the waistband 🙂

  • Pam November 6, 2013, 4:31 am

    The reinforced knee is a fantastic idea for active kids!!! Looks like a great pattern for both boys and girls. Sorry, no idea on lining pants. Think I’d rather use a thicker fabric and see if you can talk him into saving the thinner fabric for long Summer pants.

  • Lightning McStitch November 6, 2013, 4:46 am

    These look great. Nice pattern and you’ve done a lovely job.
    I lined some pants for P using a rib knit. I just cut them straight by overlapping the pattern pieces to take out the seam allowances and squared off where the front pockets were. Then sewed them under the waistband and bottom hems. That was rib knit under duck canvas and they were apparently very comfy and warm, although perhaps a bit heavy hanging.

  • Andrea November 6, 2013, 10:07 am

    These are SO darling! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings November 6, 2013, 11:48 am

    they are adorable! Isn’t it the best when the kiddos just love what you made too

  • Annie November 6, 2013, 11:51 am

    Those are pretty pants! Love the reinforced knee and flap pockets with cute fabric contrast!

  • Jackie Burney November 12, 2013, 11:30 am

    When we lived in New Enland, I used to line pants with old tshirts. The knit was lightweight but nice and cozy.
    I love the pants, but have no use for so many cool-weather patterns out here.

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