The clue is in the name!! The Rough and Tumble pants sewing pattern from Peek-A-Boo Patterns is packed with features that make them perfect for rough and tumble play. I’m all about well designed, hard wearing kids clothes that leave children free to really play and grow. So of course I had to grab myself a copy of the sewing pattern and give them a go.
Let’s get stuck into all those features I mentioned! Peek-A-Boo Pattern’s Rough and Tumble pants are absolutely packed full of really well designed features to make them more hardwearing as well as being practical for kids that really play.
There’s the elasticated waistband to make getting dressed easier. Honestly, I don’t understand why this isn’t more of a thing? Bring able to dress themselves gives a child so much confidence and autonomy over their appearance. But for me the best part is how easy it makes my mornings! Selfish I know. But why oh why are so many clothes sized for young children so complicated to get on and off??!
Then there’s the reinforced knee patches. They can be sewn in a contrasting fabric for a fun feature or neatly hidden inside the pants if that floats your boat. Why don’t more kids pants have this? If you’ve got a crawler, knee skidder type of kid this one feature could double the life of a pair of pants.
The leg cuff can be made elasticated or with a standard pant hem. I did actually plan on making the elasticated cuff but I ran out of fabric and decided to skip it in favour of the other features. I’m not sure if I may regret this choice because it would have made the pants “grow with me” to some extent. While the pants are too long the elasticated leg cuff would hold them neatly out of the way, until the wearer grows a little taller. Getting two sizes of wear out of the one pair of pants would make them even better value.
My favourite feature of this sewing pattern is the pockets. Oh the pockets! Any parent knows how important pockets are for collecting treasures. The rough and tumble pants have four reasonably sized pockets. Like actual, fit a whole child’s hand in them sized pockets. There’s two patch pockets on the front and two welt pockets on the back.
There’s an optional faux drawstring for the waistband and a faux fly which I think is a lovely touch.
I live in jeans. I love how comfortable, yet smart (ish) and most of all how hardwearing they are. So I kind of assume that my kids want to wear jeans too. I’m not so sure that’s true but I keep making them jeans. I’m not sure that denim was such a good fabric choice for the Rough and Tumble pants pattern. It was pretty tough to work with but I persevered through a few broken needles and I’m really pleased with the results.
I’ve chosen this fun rocket ship print which my Little Man will love.
I decided to skip the contrasting thread of top stitching and instead went with a very dark navy thread.
I used a twin needle for the topstitching. It creates two perfectly parallel lines of stitching, just like you see on a lot of commercial garments. It makes such a professional looking finish for virtually no extra effort. You just need an extra reel of thread for the second needle. Easy peasy and such a great feature.
This pair of Rough and Tumble Pants is availible from my Etsy shop.
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