Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Art Museum Trousers for Dutch

My little guy has one pair of trousers that he wears every Sunday. They are the only ones that fit his skinny little body well, and the only ones he looks adorable in. Unfortunately Dutch has outgrown said pants and has been wearing high waters to church for the past couple of months. Its so funny when I compare his wardrobe to my girls'. They have at least 8 dresses each that they could rotate between each Sunday...and Dutch has one single, solo outfit. I sort of love how minimal it is with boys and really, how little I care about what he is wearing.

That said, I couldn't deny anymore that the dude needed some new church pants. I looked online (since I can't physically shop anywhere now that I live in very rural Wyoming) and didn't really find anything I liked. Old Navy had a decent option, but they were $17 bucks! So I decided I would make him some new ones, and learn some new skills while I was at it, since I don't sew pants that often.

I researched a ton of patterns, and finally settled on the Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers. It was the most expensive pattern I have ever bought, but the great thing about patterns is I can use it over and over again as he grows. So I look at it more as an investment, plus an opportunity to become a more well-rounded seamstress. At least that's what I'm telling myself, and my husband. 
To off-set the cost of the pattern, for the fabric I up-cycled a pair of thrifted pants I got for a whopping 25 cents. Score!


Clearly we need to get this kid some real boy toys...not that Target it going to help me distinguish what boy toys are anymore though, ha!

I modified the pattern a bit by slimming down the legs, since I could tell they would be baggy on my tiny 9 month old. I shortened them quite a bit too (maybe a little too much, dang it). After two nights of working on these, I am so proud of how they turned out. And I didn't scimp on any of the details either, like I usually do when sewing. These trousers have the works: angled front pockets, two back pocket welts, belt-loops, and a faux fly. They're pretty shnazzy. 

I had a lot of fun making these pants. I don't think I will ever get over the sense of accomplishment and pride I get when my kids wear something I've made them. It is a totally addicting feeling, in the best possible way!


  1. Gah! Seriously Ginger?! These are ADORABLE! Is it weird that I have more fun dressing Benson than Kylee? Maybe because Kylee has major opinions about what she wears and I have total control over Benson's wardrobe. :) I really am in love with your skills. You are one mega-talented lady, my friend!

    1. Thanks Anjane! Your comments always make my day :) And that totally makes sense that Benson is more fun to dress since he doesn't care (yet, anyway, hahaha). If Avery was picky about what she wore, I think I would just throw in the towel :)

  2. Those pants are very stylin. He looks so cute in them and I am impressed with your skills. Amazing!

  3. Classy little britches for Dutch. He has grown so much since we saw him last.