I ended up having more of a KCW fortnight than a week and emerged with another two pairs of trousers for Stashlet and that Casual Lady dress you saw me grumping in the other day (not very KWC admittedly).
I used Blank Slate Patterns' Coastal Cargos pattern and based on Stashlet's waist measurement made a size 4T even though the boy is only 2 and a bit! Strangely the first pair fit him fine while the second pair (cut to exactly the same pattern) is a bit big in the waist but wearable with a belt*.
The first pair were made with an old pair of M&S linen trousers. The seam down the front came with the original trousers and I thought it would add a bit of interest.
The fabric wasn't great to work with and a few of the pieces ended up vaguely off straight grain because no matter how much I pinned them things seemed to move.
I made this pair exactly as the pattern (ie. all the pockets - front, cargo and welt) and all I missed off was the bias on the leg seams because some how I completely managed to miss the fact that I would need bias binding.
The second pair were made from some lovely beach-y Ikea fabric which is a heavier weight cotton that the floppy linen. I wanted a quick make for these so I only put the front pockets on - back patch pockets might make it on at a later date.
These are also 2" shorter than the linen pair (which taught me that half a metre is not enough for trousers these days!) but still need a bit of rolling up to be wearable - not much of a surprise given the 4T sizing.
The pattern is graded as an intermediate project and I would say that although it is pretty straightforward there are a few places where a bit more advice would be useful or the photos don't exactly match what you're doing (I put this down to different sizes more than anything else).
That said, in general, it is an excellent pattern and the fact that it comes together quickly and goes up to a size 8 years means I will be making plenty more of them. By the way, Melly at Blank Slate Patterns is giving away three patterns as part of SMS's Giveaway Day week so if you like the look of them you could even win them for yourself.
Happy Thursday everyone!
* edit 12-05-12 Mystery solved! I just went to put them in the wash and discovered that I had forgotten to put the elastic in the back waist band - no wonder they needed a belt.