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Classy but Casual Boy’s Pants

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:

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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The pattern is the Little Heartbreaker Pants from the Sewing for Boys book. Jacob’s first pick of pants is always his train pants (even in a heatwave!), so I’m hopeful these become favourites too.

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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?


  1. These are beautiful! I love them! My son wants to always wear comfy pants so I’ve started making some that don’t look so much like comfy pants but they are! These are great!

  2. I love these. Such a fun boy sewing project. I have learned from my boy, soft pants=happy boy! I love the idea of flat front comfortable pants. I love your accent fabric, it adds an element of fun.
    I have thought of buying that book before but I have read that the instructions are hard, but the projects look super cute. Do you feel like it has been a worth while purchase?
    With Love,
    ~Scary, fromThe Shaffer Sisters

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