These treasure pocket shorts are the first pair of pants I’ve made. The pattern is from Sewing for Boys. Overall, I love how these turned out. My son loves the pockets. The pattern is a little bit complicated, so I felt like a skilled pant-maker when they were complete (which, of course, I am not). Since I made these, I’ve made 2 pairs of pants using the simple and free pattern from Dana Made It. Doing a combination of complicated and simple patterns helps me think about possibilities for creating my own pattern.
I used left over fabric from the scavenger bag project, which I bought at a local discount fabric store. I cut the fabric months ago, but I didn’t start the project for a while for 2 reasons. First, the pattern called for single folded bias tape and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Eventually, someone at the local boutique fabric store, Spool, told me that I could just press my two fold bias tape so that it just had one fold. I could have also made my own. Because I’m new to all this, I had no idea what single fold bias tape would look like or how to make it.
After the bias tape problem was solved, I was intimidated by the first step in the instructions. I couldn’t understand how I was supposed to sew the bias tape to the pocket front. Luckily, I found a sew-along from one of the Sewing for Boys authors. It was really helpful! I also learned from the book website that I needed to cut a new pattern piece because of an error in the book.
I’m looking forward to making a pant version of these. I love planning contrasting fabric combinations!