I picked up some dark-wash denim from Joann’s a few months ago for $2 a yard and some knit priced similarly with the idea of making some lined winter jeans for the kids. N had a pair of lined overalls when he was a baby and I remember how soft and warm they were. I based these on the Taku pattern from Ottobre 1/2009 (it’s a Finnish children’s clothing pattern magazine) and added a lining. The pattern went together very quickly, not counting too much time spent deciding where the pockets should go. I’m not sure sewing is the right hobby for someone who’s a bit obsessive. Still, they were really fun to make, and I think they turned out pretty well. I’d never sewn a full lining into pants before, and it turns out to be so very, very easy. I kept the pants long with a cuff so that they can be folded down as N grows and used a casing for the elastic rather than sewing it in so it’ll be easy to add more room in the waist when he needs it. There’s plenty of that denim left, so now I just need to make some for the other kids. Except the girls will need their jeans lined with pink. Or maybe purple. Or red? Maybe I’ll let M pick it out. She loves having some say in the whole process.
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