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more of the neat beat

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.

Ottobre 6/2009 patt.17 "neat beat" pants

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.

Ottobre 6/2009 patt.17 "neat beat" pants

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!

Ottobre 6/2009 patt.17 "neat beat" pants

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!


7 thoughts on “more of the neat beat

  1. I love a “word of mouth” pattern recommendation. I’ll be heading to that Otto later this afternoon, I reckon. SO, how was camp? Did she sleep all day when she got back?

  2. Those look like just the pants I need for my stepdaughter! Do you know how to get back issues? I’m trying to figure it out from the website, but I’m a bit slow, I think, because it’s not becoming apparent to me…

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