Yesterday, as I was getting Ezra dressed, I realized that he has suddenly grown out of his jeans. Just about all of them are a bit too snug in the waist and a little too short in the leg. How does this happen over night? I remembered this day, just a few weeks ago, when my sweet, energetic boy seemed a little shy (very unusual for him) but also very grown-up when he stuck his hands in his pants pockets and stood quietly surveying those of us around him.
I had a few hours free yesterday afternoon and I spent them thinking about this boy, picturing him as above, and working on some new jeans just for him. Now that he’s using his pockets, I decided to add some generous ones, ones that would hold a train or too, as this guy loves his trains and takes them everywhere.
So this morning, getting Ezra ready to go to Grandpa’s, I was able to dress him in some (slightly roomy) brand new jeans. I pointed the pockets out to him and he instantly said, “I want to put my trains in there. Trains and rocks.”
As always I left an opening in the back of the casing so I can easily expand the elastic as needed, and made a deep hem that can be lengthened.
These are nearly the same pants I made for Junah just before she turned one, that Ezra’s been wearing for about a year.
And, while the addition of the pockets is my own design, I used a pattern that my mother used in 1976 to make a pair of pants for my sister. I just wish I had a picture of those!