The Little Train Conductor

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Toddler's train outfit by Sew.Knit.Create

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.

Toddler's train outfit by Sew.Knit.Create

Toddler's train outfit by Sew.Knit.Create

 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.

Toddler's train outfit by Sew.Knit.Create

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!

Toddler's train outfit by Sew.Knit.Create

This was by far one of the best and most memorable outfits that I’ve sewn.

Merry Christmas!

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15 thoughts on “The Little Train Conductor

    1. Thanks, the cuffs were one of those last-minute…ah-ha moments…I’m glad I added them. Thanks for your comment!

  1. Coming over from FrancesSuzanne’s Flip This Pattern, so cute!!! Little boys and trains, they love them! I wish my little man would wear overalls (he is not at all fond of the straps over the shoulders), this is super cute! 🙂

    1. I love overalls! I’m hoping he will enjoy wearing them for sometime…we will see once potty-training days set in. 🙂

    1. 🙂 Thanks! I’m really enjoying the sewing inspiration that these flips provide!

  2. These are adorable! I LOVE little boys in overalls. Unfortunately, my boys haven’t worn overalls since we potty trained them this summer. They are so independent, and overalls were tough for them to wrangle.
    This is my favorite FLIP so far.

    1. Thanks, yeah…those days are in my future! 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog!

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