Yep, it's hard to get excited about sewing navy trackpants. But, oh boy is he happy wearing them!
I added pockets 'cause I knew that would be a deal breaker if there weren't any. There was a time when reading another sewing blogger casually saying "I drafted my own pocket..." would see me awestruck. But it turns out that really, it's not that hard. So yeah, I drafted my own pockets.
While I added pockets, I left off the waistband buttonholes and drawstring. I knew he wouldn't be bothered with tying them and there was no option for any fun contrasting ties anyway.
In case you're wondering why there are so many photos of a boring pair of navy trackpants, the answer is that he has the camera remote control in his pocket and is directing himself in his own photoshoot. I was powerless to stop him.
Actually this is the side view that would look great if you had the option to put a contrasting strip of fabric in the side panel. Mine's navy on navy, but I do want to make another pair for fun with some nice racing stripes down the sides.
Pattern Oliver + S Parachute Polo and Sweatpants
Size: 7 (straight)
Alterations: Front pockets added, left off waist ties
Fabric: Fleece from Spotlight
Verdict: Love the fit on these straight out of the packet. Look much better than the cheap chain store school pants and so much cheaper and better than the official uniform trackpants. Two thumbs up.
I had visited one of those super cheap chain stores that sell school uniform colour skirts and pants in the hunt for some green shorts for P's new team sport. No luck, so of course we went straight from there to the fabric store...
Yep, he's joined the local Lacrosse team in the under 11's. Our team seems to be just about the littlest in the whole league, and we get soundly clobbered at almost every game, but the kids are having a blast and really enjoying playing together. This is his first foray into competitive sport, and his use of the stick is somewhat closer to interpretive dance, or hobby horse riding, most of the time.
Anyway, the right shorts were needed to make him at least look the part. I picked up a metre of this athletic pique knit at Spotlight for only $8 and have made two pair of these shorts already. There's probably enough left over for another pair. I think he's needs some lycra tight shorts to wear underneath as it's just freezing at the moment.
The problem with winter sports? They're played in winter!
Pattern: Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts - FREE Pattern!
Fabric: Athletic pique knit from Spotlight
Verdict: perfect length for sport shorts. That top on the other hand is so oversized. We had to tuck it in or you couldn't see the shorts at all!
I'd lengthen them and add pockets to make perfect casual shorts.