September 12, 2012

pr&p week 1

It is week one of season five over at Project Run & Play. The theme this week was to remix this bias skirt from Katy of  No Big Dill.

It took me some time to figure out a way to remix this for a boy. I had a few ideas sketched but as I looked through my fabric stash the idea of using the bias strips to hide something really jumped out at me. At first I was just thinking a really bright color under the neutral khaki but when I came upon a thrifted sheet that had trucks on it, I knew it would be perfect to hide.

I used the flat front pant pattern from Dana of Made that I meshed with the Ottobre Pipe Leg Cargo Pant to create a perfect skinny leg pant. I didn't want the entire back of the left leg to have the bias strips because Mae loves pockets to stash things in. So I did an interior type pocket and left the right side with nothing. I cut a whole bunch of bias strips at 3/4 inch thinking the skinny looked more masculine. 

One thing I love about these pants is that they were entirely upcycled. The khaki fabric is an old bedskirt and the truck fabric is a thrifted sheet my mom found. I think its safe to say that about 90% of the fabric I use is upcycled or from my stash. For clothes that my boys run and play in, and most of the time destroy in way one or another, it works out perfect. 

At first Mae was very confused. "Mama, I don't want the digger hiding anymore." The fashion aspect was maybe a bit much for an almost three year old to grasp. He now just spends time ruffling the fabric to find the digger.  For a kid who will only wear 'comfy pants' I was pretty ecstatic he asked to wear these and didn't want to take them off.  This says a lot!

(Shirt is a tee I made earlier this year - blogged here.)


  1. Love it! I have been wracking my brain for something to do for this challenge for my son. My daughter has enough fun clothing! Great idea and great execution.

  2. this is sooooo good. I think I want to make these to finish off the muumy hoodie and make it a costume!

    1. Would love to see them together! With the white bias strips on top you could put a bright color underneath to make them pop.
      Can't wait to see!

  3. I love it! Really clever and completely different.

  4. Awesome! I love the hidden print-what a fun detail! I linked to you with a picture of it on my blog here: I hope you don't mind but I really love it!
    Bonnie MS

  5. Congratulations! These are so well done and I love that they are upcycled!

  6. Congrats on your win! As soon as I saw them last week, I suspected they would win.