December’s Flipped Creation
I’ve been following Frances & Suzzanne’s flipped creations sew along whenever I can and they are quite inspiring. (If you love to sew I would definitely recommend joining in on these sew-alongs!) The great part about the patterns that these ladies choose is that they are quite easy and have only a few pattern pieces, and are children’s patterns. This month’s flipped challenge was the Number 9 pants from ShwinsDesigns. I know, I know…you’re dying to see them aren’t you! Before I reveal them I just want to say that this outfit and the photo shoot was SO much fun. My son absolutely loved the outfit, didn’t want to take it off, and loved the photo-shoot as well!
What I love about these pants
They are a great basic pant and I will certainly use them over and over (seriously look for more in the coming months 🙂 ) They are so basic that you can do so many things with the design and yet the pocket details add a great style element.
Design and Construction
I actually did not remove much from the basic pant design because I really loved all the elements. However, I did add a bib and straps to turn them into overalls. I love overalls for boys! I knew that I wanted to make overalls but was having trouble deciding what type of fabric. However, as my son is going through an extreme train phase I was drawn to using ticking fabric.
The first thing my 21 month old son said when he saw the fabric was “train, train, train?” so obviously the fabric must look have something to do with trains! I also had some cute little train buttons that I added to the sides.
As I wanted this outfit to last for a while I cut them for 3T size and hemmed the pants so that when I cuffed them pants the right side of the fabric would face out. I also lined the bib’s inside with blue ticking to add contrast as well as using the blue ticking for the back pockets.
What did I Flip?
The obvious flip was turning these pants into overalls but I also removed the front pockets because I wanted to emphasize the top of the overalls rather than adding anymore detail to the bottom. I also created a waistband that I was going to make it out of the blue ticking but then decided to just make it out of the red.
As I stated before one of the best parts of this experience was taking my son to a train restaurant in the area to debut the overalls. He had SO much fun at the shoot and loved every minute of it!