Boys pants for Frida

I did a bit of sewing today and made a pair of pants for Frida.

 New pants for Frida

The pattern I used is one from the Ottobre issue 01/2006, and even though there is one for girls, I chose to use the one for boys – just like that one better. For a while I have been looking at the rest of the linen I used for the “Tie-back” tunic,  and I have wanted to try to match it with another Sandi Henderson design from the Ginger Blossom line. I decided that these pants would work well for that combo.

 It did prove to be a bit of a challenge, since the printed fabric proved to be off the grainline. While cutting, I had to kind of come up with a compromise between following the grainline and following the design. If I had gone by the grainline only, it would’ve looked like I let Frida cut it on her own – which I didn’t. I think it went fairly well in spite of the grainline-issue, though – there are not that many straight lines, so you don’t really see it unless you look closely, as well as know what to look for.

The pants came together nicely – the only problems I had were caused by the vividness of the linen. It stretches and moves quite a bit more than the quilting cotton, which makes it hard to control at times. Anyway, I didn’t have serious issues this time, and I even decided to try out one of my sewing machine’s decorative stitches!

Girls pants from the boys pants pattern - detail 

The pants are a bit big for Frida still – I made them in a size 68, and I worried that they might be too small, but no need. I would like to make a small peasant blouse to go with it – we’ll see if I get around to it!


  1. Creature of Habit says:

    They’re beautiful! I like the colors, they will look great on her. Don’t you hate it when the pattern is off the gain line?

    That decorative stitch is really cool….I would love to have something like that on my machine!

  2. Lisa says:

    Those are so cute! Great work, I love all the attention to detail that you add to your clothing. The decorative stitch is a nice touch. You are right I have to try some of the Ottobre patterns.

  3. Jeannine McCloskey says:

    I love these pants. The combination of fabrics is absolutely adorable. Your decorative stitching is great. I am not sure whether you can get some of the Big 4 patterns, but Simplicity has a really great peasant blouse pattern. Or you may check out That site is filled with a ton of patterns that are made from sewing moms just like you and me.

  4. Ria says:

    Hi Astrid,
    I made these for my boy too, in two different kinds of yellow. And indeed, the are a bit big, because I made them in size 86 and he can still wear them, although he will be 3 following monday.
    Yours is looking better then mine, though, I must amitt. But it’s funny, because I just was wondering if I would make another pair, for the fall. I’d better pick up the fibes. Thaks. And I wish you a wonderfull time in Amsterdam.

  5. Astrid says:

    Tara – that’s freakin sweet of ya! Thanks! 🙂

    Dawn – thank you so much!

    Amy – thank you! Yes, I know you had that problem too – it’s a pain! I didn’t expect that in a Michael Miller fabric… My machine is a Pfaff 2026, that I bought used (but she almost didn’t) in March – and I love it!

    Yvonne – I’m beginning to be embarassed a bit because for everything I make I use Sandi Henderson fabric – but what can I say – she makes the most beautiful designs… Thank you! 😉

    Lisa – thank you! 😉

    Ali – thanks a lot! 🙂

    Hanne – you’re right, but I think at the same time their pants are often a bit short… Anyway, it won’t be long until they fit perfectly. Thank you! 😉

    Kristen – Likewise!!! And thank you so much! 🙂

    Jeannine – thank you! I don’t think I can find Simplicity patterns in Denmark, but I guess I could buy them online like I do with all my fabric… 😉 Thanks for the link too – it looks great! I love that there are examples of what people have made from everything!

    Teri – I was wondering whether they would end up looking boyish, but I don’t think they do either. And thank you! 😉

    Ria – Thanks! It’s a very nice pattern I think – the only difficult thing about it is keeping track of up and down on all the different squares… 😉 Do make another pair – and share a picture if you feel like it? 😉

  6. Lynda says:

    I love the color combination! What cute pants. And, I fully intend to copy your use of the machine’s decorative stitch for topstitching. How sweet!


  7. Astrid says:

    Katja – Nej, hvor er du sød! Jeg har ingen konkrete planer – med mit sytempo ville det vist være dumt – men hvis jeg får det, så siger jeg til! 😉

    Lynda – thank you so much! 🙂

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