You own (or are eying) the Vanessa Fluid Pants pattern and think "pants can wait, it will be summer soon (at least in Canada)"? We've got news for you! After reading this hack you will be able to wear this pattern year round as you will have anything you need to make great pants AND stylish, comfortable shorts!
First off, sizing. I go back to the Jalie Measurement Charteach time I make a garment, even if I made something the week before. Our measurements change all the time and my kids sizes change even more quickly.
Juju's measurements (as of today) are 28" waist, 37 1/2'' hips. Her waist corresponds to size S and hips are between sizes S and T. The hips measurements is the most important when picking a size for pants.
I would normally go with size T, but I will use S for this project because:
Today's hack will add ease I will use a knit that stretches across the grain
Pattern Preparation Print / Trace the pattern (I am using the PDF pattern for this…
By now, you probably know that my daughter Éléonore is a little girl who knows what she wants. When it comes to pants, here is what a pair of pants need to have to get her approval: comfy low rise waistband (the belly button is off limits!)no buttons (not quick enough!)slim leg (but not too tight!)stretch woven (non-stretch denim is not comfortable enough, she wants her knits for leggings only and she claims lightweight non-stretch woven fabrics are "shorts fabrics")
Her requests did make sense (and aren't we all picky when it comes to jeans?) but being as stubborn as her, I tried to have her wear yoga pants, poplin pants, cute jeans with appliqués. She.would.not.budge.
I decided I had to pick my battles and let her win this one because I don't want her to wear leggings until she goes to college (and I also wanted to avoid going insane... arguing with a pre-schooler about pants rise before 7am is not my favorite thing to do).
Finding pants like that i…