07 June 2012

Hot air ball-oomers

Between Kids Clothing Week in April and a jam-packed month of May I feel I'm just coming up for air now. As much as I love the thrills of sewing for a purpose or a challenge it's nice to return to some slower paced, soul sewing. And that means I've finally had the chance to make more vintage boy bloomers! This time I 'bloomified' the Basic Pocket Pant from Growing Up Sew Liberated instead of the Oliver and S Sailboats from the Vintage May tutorial. I could try and make it sound glamorous but since the tutorial really only involves gathering the leg openings and adding cuffs, you can use any kids pants pattern you like.

In between scouting for thrifted fabrics and old shirts, Etsy is still my go-to destination for amazing children's fabrics. There's still plenty of mileage to go with this one; a japanese linen cotton blend with a charming yesteryear print that lends itself to things like pea coats and boy bloomers. 

When I think of vintage clothing, I think of attention to details and there's no shortage of fun to be had with them here. I widened the waistband for a bit of Harry High Pants and added self-cover buttons (you could add suspenders). Then used a sort of thrifted chambray from the stash for contrasting pocket backing and cuffs. And lastly added piping along the pocket edge. Given my stance on piping, I exercised great restraint here (I ran out).

Paired with a vintage transfer tee they make for a perfectly gentlemanly outfit.

55 comments:

  1. I love them. Great fabric. Love the piping on the pockets - I'm a bit scared of piping but I think I'll just have to get over it and give it a go!

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    1. I was scared too. Terrified. But Rosyln you just gotta jump in there girl. You CAN do it...and then you'll want to pipe everything. I have faith in you!

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  2. ca-ute!! love the fabric, too.

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  3. oh, these are all kinds of lovely!!

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    1. Hehe love it. Can I use it? Thanks Rach!

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  4. I love these!!! that fabric is awesome!!! Now I want to try to make some of these...but first i think i must find some awesome fabric!!!

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    1. Oh yes please do...I'd love to hear how you go. Maybe take a look around Etsy. Thanks Jane!

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    1. You do? That's good. I wasn't sure about them at first. I thought the piping might get lost but it seems to work. Thanks Max!!

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  6. That is soooo cute...lovely idea for a boy - too bad we are going into winter they look like a perfect summer boys item - girls item even!!
    Mxo

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    1. You are not wrong. We ARE going into winter and I am trying to ignore it. I guess being in Brissie it's slightly easier to do than being down south. Still, maybe you can keep them in mind for summer. I really like your idea of them being unisex too! Thanks Michelle

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    1. Thanks lovely!! I'm loving your sewing too!

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  8. A-dorable! I love all the little details that you added (especially those big buttons)!

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    1. I wasn't sure about those big buttons at first so thanks Carolyn. Now I'm glad I did!

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  9. Cute! Love that fabric. And the big buttons.

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  10. So cool - you always find the best fabrics. And thanks for re-linking! ;)

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    1. Thanks lovely! Isn't fabric hunting just the best thing ever?! I would rather buy fabric over pretty much everything else these days.

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  11. Love it! Your are so clever... love that fabric.. too cute!! What a lucky lad he is :)

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  12. oh, i so wish i could sew, these are too adorable!!!! my nephew would look so cute in these!

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    1. Thank you. It was not so long ago I was saying the same thing. It really is such a learnable skill and you improve with every project. You should definitely start!!

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  13. I love your fabric choices - both the pants and top look fantastic

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    1. Hi Jackie, thanks so much for your kind comment!

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  14. oh, these are the best! completely delightful!

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  15. I agree with you, Etsy really is a great place to find fabrics for children's clothing. I love the balloons. And the piping just makes these pant. How old is your little guy? I've heard such great things about the book but had thought it was mostly baby sized patterns and my youngest is about to be 2.

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    1. Aha another fellow etsy fabric hunter! I knew it couldn't just be me and 13,000 pages of glorious fabric. My little man is 4 and I made the size 4 but I just checked and it goes up to a size 5 for most of the clothing in there, plus there's lots of other neat stuff that you could use all the way through. Thanks Stacey!

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  16. These pants are so adorable! I love the sweet print. I can't believe I hadn't thought of looking on etsy for children's wear fabrics - I'll definitely be keeping that in mind next time I need fabric. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Angela. Yes you should absolutely check etsy out...there's a whole section called 'supplies' and within that 'fabric' and then I find the best stuff under 'kawaii', that's all the nice linen blends and japanese cutesy stuff.

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  17. I love your reference to slower paced, soul sewing - these pants are gorgeous!

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    1. You can relate too? Yeah sometimes I get so caught up in the buzz of it all and then I find myself sewing for lots of other reasons besides 'just for fun'. Thanks Roz!

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  18. Harry Highpants...hehe! Great fabric. Love the buttons too. I really need to pull out the basic pocket pants pattern.

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    1. Oh you should Abby! And make them bloomers so I know they work for someone else besides me hehe.

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  19. I love! great balloon fabric.

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  20. a gentlemanly outfit indeed. gorgeous!

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  21. Oh, the steam-punky cuteness! I'm dying.

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    1. Inder it's not worth it! Not for pants! You have so much to give! It's nice to know I have an appreciative audience for this steam-punky thing in you!

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  22. oh, I just love these trousers! I want to sew some myself right away. : )

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    1. Please do! I'd love to see a pair and then I can know that the tutorial works for someone else besides me. I'm sure you've got some awesome retro fabric just perfect for a pair of bloomers...

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  23. Love the post title. The trousers are just lovely, gorgeous details and amazing fabric.

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    1. Hehe thanks Laura. Can you tell I put a lot of effort into my post titles? Too much?

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  24. Eeek! Awesome. M really really needs some bloomers now, love the fabric! I have some vintage radio fabric that is just screaming to be used!

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    1. Would love to see your version hint hint. I think I know the radio fabric you're talking about...totally the perfect bloomer fabric. In fact I'm wishing I had some right now.

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  25. I love the fabric! The print is perfect for either a boy or a girl...love it!

    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ashley! That's so true, I suppose I've been thinking of it as a boys print because of the colour but that's silly hey?

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  26. These are quite possibly the cutest trousers I have ever seen! I have started sewing itty bitty clothes for the plethora of pregnant women in my office - and your the go to blog for inspiration! Your creations are amazing!

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    1. Aw thanks Mollie! And wow I'm totally flattered that you're coming here for itty bitty sewing inspiration. Made my day!

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