I’ve blogged about the Ottobre neat beat pants before (Ottobre 06/2009, patt.17). They are my go-to pattern for easy pull-on pants for the girls, and I have now made multiple pairs for Clare for school. I just keep re-tracing the pattern in a larger size as she grows, and sew three pairs at a time in production line style. They tend not to make it onto the blog! The pattern is drafted for stretch wovens, but I’ve used cotton/lycra knits and fleecy-backed knits (what I always called windcheater fabric). Clare usually wears skirts and dresses when not in school uniform, but they are not always practical. So a new pair of pants was called for to wear on school camp.
The hot pink fleecy-backed knit came to me courtesy of Annie – thank you! Clare chose a couple of iron-on appliques that I had in stash to jazz them up a little. A sunflower on one hip, and three little girls near the hem on the opposite leg.
This pattern has a flat front and an elasticised back. It’s often interesting to see a photo of the back fit as well, so here is one!
I finish the hems with twin-needle stitching on the machine, and the elastic is attached with the machine as well, but most of the construction is done on the overlocker. I hope that these were warm and cosy for Clare on camp. I’ll be picking her up again in just a couple of hours time!