Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ottobre 03/2013-22 jeans

Now that cooler weather is upon us, Duncan is in need of some long pants. I prefer an elastic waist pant, just for ease of diaper changes, but a sturdy pair of jeans is a wardrobe essential!
Fortunately, they summer issue of Ottobre this year included a pair of slim fit jeans with an elastic waist! As you can see, we are thrilled!
The pattern is #22 from the 03/2013 issue, which Ottobre made up in fun colored denim. I decided to go with a more traditional jean for this pair.
I added a teeny tiny coin pocket, but all the other jeans details were already there, including topstitching instructions and rivet placement.
In back, a shaped yoke and big back pockets, ready for you to embellish and make your own. How awesome is that skull jersey?? You'll be seeing it again soon...
For the topstitching, I went with a dark grey color, to coordinate with the purple skulls. Regular jeans gold didn't go as well. I really like the effect and how well it coordinates with the bright silver rivets.
I did make two alterations for fit. Since the pattern was made to be cuffed, and my guy is not tall, I shortened the legs a total of 3 inches. I like the length as it is, but I didn't leave much room to grow. Live and learn.
The other alteration I made was to provide some diaper room. This pattern is in the "Big Kids" size range, so it doesn't include that. I just added 1/2 inch to the top of the back at the yoke seam, tapering to nothing at the side seams. This gives more curve over the back, which provides coverage and allows the pant to hug the back waist nicely.
I'm pleased with the fit in back. My addition gave him the room he needed, without making the pant baggy.
Functioning pockets are a must in any boys clothing! I'm pretty sure he's collecting gravel in this one. I lined the pockets with some Echino helicopters I had a few small scraps of.
The main fabric of the jeans is stretch denim left over from a pair of my jeans. I'm thrilled that this project was such a great stashbuster! All of the fabrics were left over from other projects! Free jeans!
He wore them all day, and played hard. This pattern is definitely a winner! And it is graded in all three of my kids' sizes! You'll definitely be seeing it again.


  1. Cute, cute jeans! Your little guy is adorable! I absolutely love his shirt, though! I need one in every size until my son grows up!

    1. Isn't it perfect?! My parents got it for him at

  2. Very cool jeans. why don't you keep some of the skull fabric and make a band if he gets too tall for them. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your blog.

  3. These are amazing. I love the jersey on the back pocket and all your rivets. So professional. Great job.

  4. Love them. I didn't notice they were elastic waist when I looked at them in the magazine. Thanks I'll go dig out that issue for my grandson.

  5. You are so talented! These are amazing!

  6. What a great idea to put jersey on the pockets! Love that idea!

  7. Haa haa that Duncan is a force to be reckoned with! I love those jeans, Ottobre gives such nice details in their patterns.

  8. Love those jeans, I especially love that you made the effort to do those little details such as the coin pocket and the rivets which make it look so professional and expensive RTW.

  9. Perfect jeans! They look great, Katie.:)