Hello, all! My name is Jess and I'm so happy to be here writing my first post. The sweet toddler is my son, Cheeks.
"Mommy and Me" is a popular thing in the world of girl-moms, but I haven't really seen much of it around for boy-moms. This got me thinking: why shouldn't my boy and I have some matching clothing? Mama and me for Mama and Cheeks. YES!
When I got this stretch denim in hand, I was really impressed. It's surprisingly soft and has great stretch and recovery. It's firm and has a nice amount of body without being bulky. Unfortunately, it's sold out now, but you never know what you'll find next at Fabric Mart!
I began by making a wearable muslin from a different stretch denim (with comparable stretch) for my Eleonores, and found that the size U grew quite a bit over wearing. I had also proactively added 3/4" to the back rise to account for my booty, and found that the crotch felt a bit long over the course of a day.
Had to include this one because Cheeks is so stinkin' cute.
As for Cheeks' pants, I opt for bigger when sewing for him: these are a size 3T shortened 1" (per measurements he should be in a 2T). This is a fairly newly adopted philosophy on my part. As we all know, children (especially toddlers) grow like weeds; I'd sometimes cut a garment for him and then wait to sew it, and he'd be almost grown out of it by the time I was done! This has happened enough that I've started cutting his clothes at least a size bigger so there's a good chance he'll actually get to wear what I'm making for more than a split second.
Overall, the pattern is good. It seems to be drafted well, but it sorely lacks notches and markings in several spots that would make everything crystal clear instead of a bit of guesswork. Particularly: notches to line up the front patch pockets, the center front marked so it's clear where to stitch through the faux fly, and placement markings for back pockets.
For example, see how the pockets hang over the top edge?
And some flat shots, including the hem unrolled, the fun lining I chose for his front pockets as well as the rear pockets.
This fabric was really great to work with overall, but topstitching with this tiny of a stripe was a tad disorienting. I think I'm just uncrossing my eyes now...
All in all, I'm fairly happy with how both of these turned out (Cheeks' more so than my own, of course...) and am very excited about our matching Mama and Me jeans!
Thanks for reading! Until our next sewing adventure...