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You know it’s back to school season when you walk through your local Target’s aisles and there are school supplies everywhere. I quite enjoy back to school deals because I stock up on supplies needed for pattern assembly like tape, glue sticks and printing paper. Lucky for me, my boy is only two and a half so he’s not going back to school anytime soon. We are however, going through some changes and new experiences that feel as if we are starting a new school year. My son is recently potty trained (hooray) and I’m starting a new position at my job next week so it feels like we are starting a new season in our lives and I’m so excited to see what this next year has ahead for us.
One thing that has stayed the same is the amount of sewing and pattern tests I’ve signed up for. I enjoy pattern testing because you get to see how a designer makes changes to get to a great fit. There is also a great sense of community in the testing groups and I enjoy that aspect as well.
I recently tested the EAM Moto Pants (affiliate link) and so I made the two versions of the pants pattern available.
At first I had no idea what the term “moto” meant but nevertheless, I signed up. I wasn’t sure I would like the pants with the patch, but I really like them. They are a bit on the trendy side, but depending on the fabric and style you choose, you can even dress up the pants.
The version without the patch is one of the first versions on the test, but the fit was overall good so my son will be wearing them whenever we start seeing signs of fall.
The pants with the patches are the final version. I did have some “tunneling” when using my double needle as you can see on the patches. However, it adds a texture to the pants that I don’t mind at all.
One thing you will have to be careful when attaching the patches is making sure you are applying them the right way. The pattern gives instructions to make specific width lines on the patch and on one of them, I made the lines the wrong way so when I was looking at it, the patch didn’t fit the pant. Upon turning it the right way, I realized my mistake and so I turned the piece around and started making lines the right way.
DO NOT be intimidated by the faux fly and pockets. These instructions are easy to follow, just take your time. On the step where you have to sew a curve line to create the faux fly, I suggest you draw the line first and use that as a guideline to stitch.
I made a size 3T for my boy and so the elastic cuffs fit perfectly on the arm of my machine so I was able to rotate the cuff to create the elastic casing.
- size 12-18 months – 14
- faux fly
- scrunched cuffs
- elastic waistband
- NO TRIM PAGES (BONUS)
- detailed instructions with photos
This pattern calls for woven fabrics so I used a denim chambray from Joann Fabrics found here. I used my serger to finish the seams and avoid fraying. I enjoy working with chambray because it is light and easy to sew with. This fabric will be perfect for transitioning into fall.
The Moto Pants are perfect for climbing and embarking on an adventure. For me, this means walking with my boy collecting sticks and watching the Trolley (metro) go by.
Thanks to Lo for hosting this tour!
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- August 23rd: Mama You Can Make It
- August 24th: DIYDanielle
- August 27th: Mijn11jes&ik
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- August 29th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
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- September 3rd: Sew 4 Five
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- September 6th: Jot Designs (USA)