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One pattern – two styles: round two!

Today I’m presenting the very first finished Charles’ Pants sewn by Mary Jo from ‘All this for them’. She made a very temporary Chevron version of my pair of sailor pants. She changed the pattern a little bit, but I’ll let her guide you though the details!


Hi, I’m Mary Jo from ‘All this for them‘ where I blog about the clothes I sew for my kids along with the occasional quilt, bag, or knitted hat. I love modern wear for kids and am continually trying to improve my skills by either trying new patterns or attempting to sew up something that I like without a pattern (to me it’s like figuring out a puzzle and I love the challenge!).

I’m very inspired by the many talented seamstresses who seem to have sewn not only gorgeous garments for their children, but also take beautiful pictures and talk about the process or provide a pattern for their readers. I feel like I hit a goldmine when I stumbled across Compagnie M. not too long ago. I love Marte’s style and soon found myself clicking through each post, reading about the garments she’d sewn up. I couldn’t believe she offers free patterns and jumped at the chance to try out her Charles’ Pants!

I received the pdf pattern and immediately started dreaming up what I wanted my pants to look like. I finally decided on using this bold chevron print. I wanted to mix up the style and go a little bit funky, and a little bit vintage. I hope I accomplished that! I used the same upholstery weight chevron fabric that I used to make my Chevron Jacket earlier this spring, along with Kona Cotton in Bone for the pockets and hem bands.

For the buttons, I dug out four matching, vintage white buttons from my stash. I love the circles on them! It might be hard to see them clearly, but I think they give the pants that much more style, not to mention texture. I stuck to the pattern and learned some new techniques along the way – like how to do French seams with these awesome deep pockets. And how to do an adjustable waistband in the back with button-hole elastic. (I upcycled an elastic from one of my son’s old pair of Tommy Hilfiger’s.) I decided to lengthen and widen the legs to create a longer pair of pants. I also added little bit of flare at the ankle and therefore had to adjust the width of the hem bands, which I also faced to make a bit sturdier like the chevron fabric.

When I finished these sailor pants, I was tickled by their cuteness! Marte really crafted a pattern with a big WOW factor at the end. And my daughter loves them too, which is a huge plus in my book.

Thanks so much for having me, Marte. I loved trying out your pattern and absolutely love the results! I hope your readers like them too and will stop by my blog, all this for them, and say hi!

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