To Market To Market for Treasure Pocket Pants

April 21, 2012

Treasure Pocket Pants

When my copy of the long awaited ‘Sewing for Boys‘ book first arrived, and I skimmed through it excitedly, this was one of my favourite items in there along with the Henry Shirt. What I love about both of them is that they use two different fabrics, which means you can choose a bit of a louder pattern and combine it with a plainer option. I finished these trousers over a week ago but we’ve all been ill since then. When we saw the sun finally making an appearance today we couldn’t pass up the chance for a walk in the local forest though.

Treasure Pocket Pants and a brown horse

I’d already bought the fabrics I was going to use and traced out the pattern so I was really pleased when Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! announced that this would be the pattern for the April ‘Sewing for Boys Sew Along’. The mushroom fabric is from the ‘To Market To Market’ collection and was designed by Marie Perkins, writer of the fantastic ‘Print and Pattern’ blog. I bought it from Fabric Rehab (found here) along with this taupe linen mix, which was lovely to work with.

Treasure Pocket Pants and a white horse

I know the patterns run quite big so I used age 2/3 but added two inches to the length. Casper is 3.5 and tall but fairly slim nowadays and this ended up fitting him perfectly. He wasn’t always slim – at 3.5 months his weight was above the 99th percentile but fortunately that has evened out as he got older and more active. As an added bonus the same size fits Rowan, I just need to make them a few inches shorter. I splashed out on my first sewing machine a couple of weeks ago and was looking for an excuse to try out some of fancy pants new stitches I can now use, so I topstitched the cuff using a tree stitch as I thought it went well with the mushrooms. It was so easy to do and I love the effect.

Topstitched trees

I seem to make at least one mistake on everything I sew and I made my biggest yet on these. I am used to sewing the two back panels together before joining them to the front panels. This pattern is different though and the back panels are attached to the side panel before they are then joined in the middle. This makes sense but unfortunately I neglected to check that the back panels were on the right way up. I had sewed both panels on and top stitched one before I noticed. I should also point out that there is an error in the pattern pieces and instructions so do check out the updates page of the ‘Sewing for Boys’ website for the corrections. Fortunately I was aware of these so I was just limited to making up my own errors.

TPPs and logs

This is a lovely pattern, really comfortable to wear with a wide waistband and lovely big pockets for your boys (or girls) to put their treasures in. I’m hoping to get lots more sewing in next week as it’s the Spring 2012 ‘Kids Clothes Week Challenge’. Meg from the Elsie Marley blog challenges us all to sew children’s clothes for an hour a day for a week to see how much you can make in that time. Hop on over to sign up if you want to. I’ve loved seeing what other people have made the last two times it has run so I’m really looking forward to joining in this time. I am pretty slow at sewing, what with all the mistakes, so I’m hoping to cut out some fabric in preparation tomorrow. I have a long list of things I’d like to make but I’ll be happy take part and get a few things made.

Treasure Pockets and Waistband


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  • Reply Inder April 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    These are adorable! I love the mushroom fabric!! The sizing is generous, but the fit on these is perfect.

    Joe was in the 97th percentile from the time he was about three or four months all the way to seven or eight months (he weighed 26 lbs at six months! eek!) but he has slimmed down considerably since (maybe bc he never stops moving) and is now an average sized three year old (if not exactly skinny). I hear this is really common for breastfed babies, and Joe was quite the breastmilk connossieur, so I guess that might explain it? Of course, I love all kinds of babies, but I have a special place in my heart for chunky, chubby ones.

  • Reply Mum April 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Casper is looking getting so accomplished at ” majestic modelling “. Trousers are lovely. Well done.

  • Reply tina April 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Can’t get over his modelling skills! You know he’ll have a career in it???? And it will be your fault:)

    Utter gorgeous clothes and you promised you’ll bring them to London… x

  • Reply Jessica April 28, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I love your TPP’s! I made these a couple months ago and did not realize how big they ran. I should have lengthened the 2/3 size like you did. Oh well, they will fit next year. I love those mushrooms!

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