Aviator Pants – Children’s and Women’s Versions

I’ve had the Aviator Pants pattern for awhile now, but only just got around to making them. I love how the kids’ pants turned out, but I’m not too jazzed about how mine look. I think this has to do with the fabric I used. I love it, but it doesn’t have great recovery.

The paper pieces for this one were alright – I found them a bit lacking in cutting instructions, but it wasn’t too hard to figure out. I got done cutting and then realized I had to measure a bunch more pieces on my own and then cut them, which can get frustrating after awhile, especially if you think you’re done, put the fabric away, and then have to pull it out again.

The only way to get them to turn to the side is to tell them to give each other a kiss.
I hardly even recognize them when they’re not engaged in war over a toy.

I thought it would be fun to make them opposite versions, and I think they turned out great, but I sized up because I’m so tired of things fitting for such a short time, and these are definitely a bit big. That’s okay, they’ll just wear them for longer, right?

Anyhow, I liked making these. I liked the top-stitching, I liked the slash pockets, I liked putting them together. I think the instructions, both for the kid’s and the women’s version could REALLY (really, very, really) use zoomed out photos. Every photo is very zoomed in on a small part, which makes it really hard to visualize what you’re supposed to be doing where. I think photos are a great instruction tool, but either use both zoomed in and zoomed out, or have small line-drawings to use for reference.

I didn't get a great picture of mine.  But the fabric was reversible, so it was nice to have something I knew would match!
I didn’t get a great picture of mine. But the fabric was reversible, so it was nice to have something I knew would match!

I do wish, in retrospect, that the elastic had been added as a part of the process, rather than slitting open the band at the end. I think it would look nicer, and I would be much more inclined to actually put it in, instead of looking at the pants and thinking, “they just look so done,” and being too lazy to do it.

For the girls, the green fabric was from fabric.com and the gray jersey, which I wrote about previously was from a seller on Etsy. The green doesn’t have much stretch, but is a really durable fabric. The gray jersey hasn’t worn very well, which is too bad because I just love how it looks. The fabric used for mine is from Fabric Place Basement in Natick. If you’re in the area, I’d recommend checking it out. Most fabric stores don’t carry a ton of knits, but they have a big selection and it’s so nice to be able to feel it before buying it (I buy most of my fabric online). It’s not super nearby, but I always stop there if I’m anywhere close…

I recommend taking someone with you to carry all of your items.
I recommend taking someone with you to carry all of your items.

I’ve learned a lot about buying fabric in the last year. I think I’m starting to make better choices, but it’s just so tempting to like a print and jump on it without looking at the content and the stretch.

I have some fabric sitting around (the second one down in that last picture) and I can’t decide whether to give these another try, or to branch out and try the Hudson pant. Any advice?

The Finlayson Sweater Pattern by Thread Theory

It took me a very long time to make something for Mike. Because he’s picky. And he’s a perfectionist. It’s hard to want to make something for someone you think will critique every stitch. But first we looked for the perfect fabric, and then the perfect pattern, and finally we found the Finlayson.

Pretty! But the hood construction definitely gave me some trouble. I think my serger/lining added to much bulk to the seams.

I used a sweater knit that I found at a local fabric store (Fabric Place Basement in Natick if you’re local), and instead of just lining the hood, I lined the whole thing with a gray quilted jersey I found on Etsy. I loved this jersey, until I saw how it wore after I made a bunch of things with it. It just hasn’t held up all that well.

Anyhow, this is one of the few projects that I made a full muslin for because I’m pretty lazy, but I knew he would be really particular. I was glad I did. I didn’t change much, but I got some extra practice with attaching the hood, and I knew I’d need to take in the sides a tiny bit – he likes slimmer fitting arms and sides.

Man, I loved that gray quilted jersey.

The pattern made me nervous – I hadn’t done too many hoods or kangaroo pockets, but they have a great sewalong and I used that even more than I used the instructions. I love sewalongs. I had a bit of trouble with the hood still – I think it had to do with having extra bulk, and also the sweater knit was a bit stretchy and slippery. And I don’t love how it lays, but it’s 90% for show anyways – he doesn’t really ever put the hood on. The kangaroo pocket instructions were great, and I’ve actually used it to modify other patterns with kangaroo pockets because this way just makes more sense.

If I made it again, I’d also make the cuffs and waistband a bit wider – just personal preference.

All in all, I was really pleased with it – and he wears it! Well, he wore it a lot at first, and then randomly bought a ton of hoodies, but it’s still in the rotation, which is an accomplishment.

I like Thread Theory patterns a lot. I’ve also made the Strathcona Henley and the Camas Blouse. Their patterns always go together very neatly during the paper construction and the instructions are well-written (although I cannot recommend the sewalongs enough – please make one for the Camas ASAP!).