I was so excited to have been chosen as one of the testers for Marte from Compagnie M‘s new pattern, the Noa Pants!!! (Ooh, look! There is a coupon code at the bottom :D) They look adorable on both girls AND boys, which is SO FRIGGEN FANTASTIC I can’t even explain it. There are so few patterns out there that I can sew for both kids! It is a really fast project with very cute pocket details that you can customize in lots of ways with different color fabrics :) I’m obviously a fan of all the Compagnie M patterns, I’ve sewn so many of them! She is starting to create a series of “special basics”, which is awesome! They will be easy to sew patterns with no difficult closures or techniques (no zippers, no welt pockets, etc) and they will only be 5 Euros! (The current exchange rate puts that at $5.66, which is great!)
With summer here in Texas, I decided to make the shorts version instead of the pants. (Nice that there is an option for both!) Quinn is aways lacking in the shorts department, I don’t know what it is about boys that dirties up bottoms so much, but I find that drawer is always empty and the laundry basket is always full! So I was so happy to be able to add a couple new pairs to his arsenal.
These plaid ones were the second pair I sewed after the pattern was tweaked a bit in the testing version. Here is a picture of the first and second pairs comparing the 2 fits (and how awesome testing really is and how much it helps to perfect a pattern!)
Do you see how the first ones were a bit too loose around the hips and pockets? That all got carved out and fixed, now they are perfect! Don’t get me wrong, the first draft was totally wearable, as a matter of fact he is wearing those little blue whale ones today :D
I’m happy Quinn decided to bend over and show off how I tried to stripe match this plaid, LOL! But really.. I was close, but I’m going to blame this pregnancy on the mishaps there.. One thing this picture really DOES show is the awesome fact that these pants fit really well and don’t show off his little crack when he bends over ;)
I was having a difficult time trying to figure out how to show off shorts in photos, so I tucked Quinn’s shirt in, which kind of makes me laugh because I’m so not used to seeing him with tucked shirts. When it wasn’t tucked though, he kept lifting it up, like ALL THE WAY up coving his face to show off the shorts for the pictures, haha! I figured that would not be the best for blog photos!
Speaking of blog photos, there really aren’t many good ones today! As I was taking pictures, I accidentally stepped on an anthill D: I was very lucky to have smothered myself with Skin So Soft oil before going outside (hello fear of Zika while pregnant!) So as I got my first bite, I looked down to about ONE HUNDRED fire ants on my feet and legs, I brushed them off, but I could tell they were trying and failing to actually bite through the oil, which is amazing!! Somehow I got away with only 15 bites (which was still horrible) but it could have been MUCH, MUCH worse than that so I’m thanking my lucky stars :) It is amazing how regular mosquito repellent doesn’t work on me, but if I grease myself up, I’m good.. Who knew it was good for ants too!?
Anywho, I’m looking forward to making a couple more pairs of these.. For some reason, they are a little addicting! Of course, it is no secret that I love a fast and satisfying project! Millie rarely wears pants, but I think she would really like these in a nice soft fabric like a voile or gauze or something. The thing that is so awesome is that these pants are actually fun and easy to make! I always tend to shy away from kid’s patterns with zip flys because it just seems like a lot of tiny fiddly work for something that will be grown out of very quickly. But regular elastic waists tend to look boring.. The pockets on these really make them stand out from the crowd and turn them into something special!
So there we have it, the new Noa Pants pattern!! And right now you can get 10% off using the code: NOA10 which will be valid until June 19th :) I love discounts, who doesn’t?? lol!
I hope to see a lot of these around, all the ones I’ve seen so far have been amazing!