Monday, September 13, 2010

Ottobre 03/2004-17 refashion

Poor Logan just hasn't gotten much representation in the sewing room lately.  But, now that I'm thinking and sewing fall, you'll be seeing more for him!  His greatest need is long pants, so I want to sew up a few in quick fashion, but still wanted some cuteness.  Enter the refashion...  Mitch had an old pair of aeropostale khakis that he couldn't wear, but still had plenty of usable fabric in them.  So, now Logan has a pair of khakis!
They are a little big on him.  I had to roll the waistband to keep them up, although perhaps the elastic just needs to spring back into shape, so we'll see what they look like after a wash.
I used Ottobre 03/2004-17 for the basic pants pattern and the waistband/back pockets.  What I really liked about this design is that despite the zip fly (which looks cool) it still has a mostly elasticated waistband, which makes for easier potty breaks.  Logan is very independent in this regard!
I preserved the original side seams and hems, so I didn't do all of the piecing, hip pockets or back yoke of the original design.  I did make the mistake of trying out Ottobre's fly zip method.  What???  I was all over confused and ended up with a little dimple at the base of the zipper.  Grrr.  Of course, Logan will never notice, but I know.  Next time I'll stick with my standby Sandra Betzina/Jalie method.
I also managed to salvage the original zipper, buttons and belt loops!  So, besides thread and a jeans needle, I purchased nothing for these pants!  And I didn't have to make belt loops, which I find tedious and unrewarding.  I don't have a coverstitch with a belt loop attachment, so they never look as even as RTW.
I'm pretty happy with how well these went together (despite the zipper!).  Logan declares that he likes them, so I think I'll be making them again, this time with pockets, yokes - the whole works!  But perhaps a little less elastic in the waistband...

9 comments:

  1. The pants look terrific! Good job. I love upcycling projects. There are so many ways to reconstruct - it's fascinating to see the different options. :)

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  2. They look really cute. I love the idea of repurposing big trousers into little ones.

    Got to love an elasticised waistband on preschooler pants too!

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  3. Ooo, I never have been able to even figure out Ottobre's fly-zip instructions, let alone have them come out with minor problems. I stick to Betzina on flys regardless of the pattern, it's just too predictable and always comes out great. I keep hoping Ottobre will put a tutorial on their blog about the fly-zip installation, because I'm baffled by it. Maybe I'll start a campaign.....

    These are cute, btw, and good work re-using all the pieces! My kind of project!

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  4. Your son is very cute! And nice job on the pants, really like how you incorporated the existing side seams, hems and other pieces. Pre-distressed hems go for big yen over here!

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  5. Nice work! I've never attempted an Ottobre fly because the instructions blew my mind, thanks for recommending an alternative :)

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  6. Great pants, and great refashioning! I find that Ottobre's method of sewing through the elastic takes the spring out of the elastic for good. I've returned to the traditional casing-and-elastic method.

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  7. I will never use another fly zipper method after turning out perfect ones time and time again using Sandra Betzina's tutorial - it's too perfect! Getting the elastic right in little kids clothes is hard isn't it?

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  8. Refashioning is so satisfying. These are terrific boy pants.

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  9. So cute! I'm really impressed that you were able to reuse so much from the original pants - nice work. :)

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