I used Burda 9440 which includes shorts, trouser and cropped trousers to fit ages 2-7. Cassie chose the full length trousers because she like the flowery fabric on the pattern envelope. She had a little trouble understanding that hers would be different, but I was happy she chose the longer ones as Autumn starts to loom. All in all there's not much to say about these, they're pretty simple kecks for a child and I'll be making a pair of these for the girls every time there's fabric left over from making trousers for me. I did, however, learn a few lessons during the course of this project.
- Trust your instincts. Before I began I wasn't really sure why trousers for a 3 year old needed and elastic waist and a zip fly. I went ahead and sewed the zip in (twice, Burda directions struck again!) and she can get them on and off without opening them no trouble.
- Don't get cocky. Just because you've sewn several waistbands on to fly fronted trousers doesn't mean you can completely ignore the directions. There was a reason the waistband was so long and checking before chopping off the excess might have been a good idea. Subsequently there was no room for a buttonhole but because these don't need to open a small snap did the trick. Phew.
- When using a safety pin to guide elastic through a waistband channel it is generally good idea to remove it before sewing the channel shut!
- Upon finishing a project for your child they will declare loudly that they don't like and cry while you try it on them. Do not expect gratitude.