I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for a while to make formal boy’s pants in a casual fabric – dressy tracksuit pants. Something that would look smart, but be comfy and easy to play in. I like mixing different fabric types to make boy’s clothes more interesting. And so became the Classy Casual Boy’s Pants:
My original plan was to use fleece, but I didn’t have any in my stash (where did it go?). Working on a tight schedule, I had to get creative and went with a medium-weight knit fabric (quality polo shirt-type material) that I picked up in a boy’s fabric bundle on Freecycle (yep, I get fabric from all sorts of places!).
The print is Teeny Tiny Zoo from Alexander Henry. I’ve bought a few different boy prints, but I don’t like a whole lot of print on boy’s clothes (except pyjamas!). A little bit as accent fabric is just perfect to me.
Using cotton on the cuffs and inside the pockets also gives more structure to the pants (since the knit has a bit of stretch) and holds the formal features.
Next time, I’ll go with flat-front pants without the pleats – I think that would sit a little bit better. The knit doesn’t quite hold the pleats.
I’ve still got some fabric left, so a coordinating hoodie or jacket may be in my future.
Have you made any “formal” tracksuit pants?