As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew it had to become something for Evan. With his tangled mane, and toddler like roar it just seemed to really suit him.
The fabric is called ‘Lions’ and it’s one of Ed Emberley’s happy drawing designs for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Cloud 9 are one of my new favourite suppliers, and I love that their fabric is both affordable, fun and organic! Do take a look on their site and do your utmost to resist buying it all. I’m sure I will be showcasing many of their other designs on this blog, as I adore them. For me, they stand out in a sea of overly cutesy and blandly illustrated children’s fabric.
I had originally toyed with the idea of making a bag, and quite liked the look of this toddler backpack pattern, but decided to go for trousers after finding this online tutorial for Boy Trousers from ikat bag which looked a bit less tricky. Here is how they turned out. What do you think?
Lion Trousers in Ed Emberley’s Lion Print
As well as the cloud 9 fabric, I used some bright orange cotton which had a previous life as some table-mats, and some extremely soft, flannel like pastel yellow cotton, which was a babies cot sheet. Both purchased in the charity shop for under £3! Bargain!
Although the pattern was well designed, and easy to follow I had a few issues with it. It said it was for a tall 3 year old, and to add seam allowance, so I thought if I didn’t add seam allowance they would be ok for my small 2 and half year old. Well I was wrong… Although they fitted well on the waist and were the right length, the waist band at the back just sat far to low, which gave Evan a permanent builders bum. He’s not a modest boy, and pranced around delighted in his new Lion trousers with his half moon shining out!
Check your measurements!
I think I’ve leaned a lesson here, and that is to check your measurements before following any pattern. We are all different shapes and sizes, and the great thing about making your own clothes is that you can tailor them to fit perfectly, so from now on I vow to make best friends with my tape measure. If I can just get the boy to stand still for long enough.
I think I am going to make these again, with Ikat Bag’s original design in mind, but make my own pattern based on a pair of trousers that already fit Evan. I may also make some adjustments to the pockets and perhaps add knee pads for extra durability. I also think they would look pretty fab with a furry lion tail attached at the back. What do you think readers?
Please leave me a comment below to let me know how you think they turned out. I would love to hear from you, especially with it being my first blog post and all!