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Scrappy Rainbow Harem Pants

Scrappy Rainbow Harem Pants - Swoodson Says

It’s Kids Clothes Week! In short, Kids Clothes Week is a global, online sewing community to encourage folks to sew kids clothes for one hour a night, for one week. It happens 4 times a year and this is the first time I’ve participated.

I uploaded my first completed project on my KCW profile; the website is not only beautiful but also innovative with interesting functions and features, so you should check it out! You can  read more about Kids Clothes Week here or you can listen to a chat with the creator and the website designer on Abby Glassenberg’s podcast here.

I knew I’d probably only have one day/night to sew for KCW so I wanted to combine it with participating in “Calling All Kids” over at Alida Makes. It’s a blog tour/series with a sew along link up that focuses on non-gender-traditional colors, styles, and shapes. If you’ve ever read anything I’ve posted before, you know this is one of the main reasons I sew for my son, so I had to join in!

The top I had sewn previously, but never blogged about. It is another See Kate Sew’s Recess Raglan with shortened sleeves, made entirely with upcycled fabric. I tested the FABulous Home Sewn’s Castle applique  and chose beachy colors for a sand castle look!

For the pants, I used the Best Harem Pants from Too Sweets; all of the fabric is thrifted. I wish I could say I did fancy mathematical calculations to try and make sure everything was evenly distributed and balanced for the pattern’s length… but I didn’t. I cut all my t-shirt carcasses from the scrap bin into similarly sized strips, eyeballed how they would look against the pattern, and then serged the stripes together, and cut the fabric. The back is just a plain yellow jersey.

I cannot get enough of these pants! They’re super soft and so easy to play in. I initially thought “Oh no, I’ll have to make a matching shirt so he has something to wear with it!”. Well, turns out it matches quite a few things in his closet! I’ll spare you a long slideshow, but here is one of my favorite pairings. The top is from Target 🙂

Are you sewing along with Calling All Kids? Kids Clothes Week? Can’t wait to see what you make!

PS- you can see these pants in action on my Instagram!

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Irene

Thursday 17th of April 2014

I'm planning to do something similar for hubby... he needs pajama pants and I'd really like to use some t-shirt scraps... or carcasses LOL MammaNene

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 17th of April 2014

Oh man.. my husband would be so excited if I did that for him, he's been complaining loud and clear that he wants something made for him!! I might have to steal the idea!

Deanna {sewmccool}

Thursday 10th of April 2014

T-shirt carcasses....tee hee. :) Love the pants!

Laura Manning

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

So cute! The harem pants pattern was in the last SewFab bundle, wasn't it? I should get in gear and make them too. The ones you made work perfectly for the Calling All Kids Challenge. That challenge has me stumped. My girls are very much girly girly girls.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

Yes! It was. It is SUCH quick sew, seriously. If I ever have a girl, it will be hard for me to do ruffles and flowers if she wants them (but I will!!). So I don't envy you :)

fenna

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

What a cute, colorful outfit!!! Thanks again for testing the applique--I really like what you did with it!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

Hope you have a few clicks and sales for it :)

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