I’m so excited to be participating in Crafting Con today. Crafting Con is a sewing competition inspired by all things “geeky”. This month’s theme is Avengers and since I have three superhero loving boys, I thought it would be the perfect theme to inspire some fun sewing. The rules are to create an Avengers inspired look that isn’t costume-y. You know, something your kids can wear out into the real world (though I have to admit we’re a free dressing family and partial costumes and pajamas do make it out every on occasion). My youngest asked for a Hulk inspired outfit. You can click here to see my entry.
My favorite part of the entire outfit is the pants. In order to represent the changing nature of the Hulk, I created a pair of convertible pants. When the little guy is feeling Bruce Banner-like, he can wear the outfit as pants, and when it’s time to get crazy and transform into the Hulk, he can simply zip and go. I modified the Tree Climber Trousers (affiliate link) for these but it’s simple to take any of your favorite pants patterns and create this look. Here’s how:
If you’re using a pants pattern with a shorts option, simply cut your front and back pieces into shorts. Then trace from that mark down to create the front and back patterns for the bottom. If you’re pattern does not have this option, simple measure and mark where you want your zipper to be, add 1/2 inch to the bottom of the front and back top as well as a 1/2 inch to the top of the bottom leg sections for the seam allowance.
Once you have your pattern pieces cut, sew up the top front and back sections as normal including all of the pocket, and zipper options you want. You’ll essentially make a pair of shorts as well as sew the side seams of the leg bottoms before starting. Now measure your shorts at the raw edge, and shorten your separating zipper.
Now you’re ready to sew your zippers. Place your zipper, right side down against the right side of your shorts and pin in place. Make sure your zipper ends line up with the outside seam. There should be no overlap.
Sew your zipper using a zipper foot, press the seam allowance down and topstitch the right side of the shorts leg.
Turn your bottom pant leg wrong side out (right sides together) and slip over the zipper. Align the right side of the zipper to the right side of the bottom pant leg, again making sure the zipper stop lines up with the outside leg seam. Sew the zipper, unzip the separating zipper, press, and topstitch.
Almost done with one side! Now measure around the upper portion of the pants (above the zipper) and cut two zipper shields.
Cut a rectangle that measures 2X the desired width by the length of the pant leg + 1 inch.
Press each rectangle right sides together, then sew the short ends with a 1/4 seam allowance.
Clip the corners, turn right sides out and press. Then topstich around three sides leaving the raw edges open.
Pin the raw edge of the zipper shield just above the zipper and sew to the pant leg using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and overlapping the ends at the outside leg seam.
Press the zipper shield down over the zipper and topstitch. Repeat the steps on the opposite leg and you’re ready to rock and roll.
Whether you’re dressing to spend the day in the physics lab or . . . .
letting your wild, destructive side through, you’ll be ready with a super quick wardrobe change with the sound of a zipper.