I recently saw a tester call on Facebook for a new designer and, of course, jumped right on that! I got to test the Run Jump Hop Skip pants by Stitch It Now. This is Debbie’s first pattern and she has done a fantastic job with it! The pattern was released on Monday and there is a giveaway – be sure to enter for your chance to win – not just the pattern, but fabric to sew it with! Debbie also sells pre-cut packages in her Etsy shop so you can order the pre-cut fabric, pick out your thread, and just start sewing.
I was given this pattern for free in exchange for testing. All opinions are my own, naturally.
This is a great pattern with options for either pants or shorts and a size range from 1 – 10. Based on John’s measurements, he fit right in between the 2 and 3 (height – 37″, waist – 21″, hips -21.5″) . At Debbie’s request I made the size 2 with no adjustments. They fit him perfectly right now, so my next pair I’ll make a 3 and take the elastic in a little – the child will not stop growing!
I used an old curtain from IKEA (you can see what I used the rest of it for next week!) which has a lightweight canvas feel. Unfortunately, the pockets – patch pockets in front and back – got lost in the pictures, even though they’re top stitched in gray. (Triangle tee by Gracious Threads)
The shorts hit just below the knee and they have a faux fly (more on that further down), flat front, and elastic back. Debbie’s instructions are very clear, very detailed, and very precise! This pattern would be great for beginners, as everything is thoroughly explained. I consider myself a fairly advanced sewist, and I’m not afraid to say I made these :) In other words, the pattern is great for everyone!
One thing I really appreciate is the “Tick and Flick” sheet – it’s basically a cheat sheet with just the instructions and no pictures. I love when designers add these! I don’t need a picture for everything, so it’s nice to not have to search through the whole pattern to find the step I’m looking for.
The fit is loose enough to run, jump, hop, or skip around in – my active three-year-old definitely needs that room! He’s been wearing them enough that the slight stiffness of the curtain has already worn into something more comfortable.
There are ladies from all over the world on the tour – check them out! And don’t forget about the giveaway!
- Day 1 – June 24 – Katie, feature on Stitch it Now
- Day 2 – June 25 – Cyndi of The Nosy Pepper
- Day 3 – June 26 – Amy of Friends Stitched Together
- Day 4 – June 27 – Davina, feature on Stitch it Now
- Day 5 – June 28 – Emily of My Crafty Little Self
- Day 6 – June 29 – Daria of Baby Steps to Couture
- Day 7 – June 30 – Jaime of Jaime Sews
- Day 8 – July 1 – Heather of Newbie Sewist
- Day 9 – July 2 – Jessi, feature on Stitch it Now
- Day 10 – July 3 – Sally, feature on Stitch it Now
- Day 11 – July 4 – Susan of Made by Momma
- Day 12 – July 5 – Theresa of Theresa’s To-Dos
One of the very few problems that several people had was the faux fly instructions. Everyone was on completely different time zones, so when Daria asked for clarification and I knew Debbie was probably asleep (she’s in Australia!), I jumped in with some pictures to help. The pattern pictures have since been updated, but Debbie asked me to share the tutorial, so here we go:
How to Sew A Faux Fly:
This should work with just about any pants/shorts pattern that has a fly. Because of the construction of the Run Jump Hop Skips pants, this fly looks quite long. All pictures shared with the knowledge of and permission from Debbie of Stitch It Now.
First, trace out your pattern, transferring all markings. Label if you’re worried you’ll get confused.
As you can see, I also drew in the seam allowance (S/A). Not all patterns will have “fold line” and “end fold line” marked, but you should be able to continue the S/A line from the crotch if you’re using a different one. The fold line ends at the curve of the fly.
Next you’ll draw a small, curved line from the S/A on the fly to the fold line.
There is plenty of room for error with this line, so don’t worry about it being perfectly placed or perfectly curved.
I’ve marked the whole stitching line in pink.
Cut out your pattern. On the front (I’m using a scrap, so this is not the whole piece!) make a small notch at the top of the fold line where I’ve placed the pin.
If this is your first time making a faux fly, I recommend cutting along the stitching line and tracing it onto your fabric – just use chalk or disappearing ink, not a pink pen! – so you can follow it exactly. I have made enough faux flys that I don’t do this step (to be honest, I pretty much wing the whole thing without making any markings at all! Once you have a few under your belt, you’ll realized how easy they are). Here is the fly stitched, with the edge finished.
Find the notch at the top of the fold line and place a pin there through both layers of fabric.
Open the front and fold the fly to the left for a boy, right for a girl (wearer’s perspective).
Lay the front flat on your table, making sure the fly is folded neatly from your pin to the crotch. Pin if necessary to keep everything in place. Now you can mark your stitch lines and top stitch!
Congratulations! That’s it! Finish the pattern as directed :)
Thanks so much Debbie for having me on the tour and for letting me help out!