New Pattern Release: DIBY Gardy Harem Pants
Pattern Stats: Gardy Harem Pants
Pattern designer: DoItBetterYourself.club
Pattern level: 2/10
Time start to finish: 1.0 hour
Suggested fabrics: knit or woven
My fabric: Blue athletic from Mily Mae Fabrics, navy French Terry from Joann
Options: capri, long or woven lengths; elastic, regular waistband or foldover waistband; optional slant pockets
Price: On sale for $9.59 through August 16, 2019 then $11.99
I've always loved the Do It Better Yourself's positivity and support as a group. Now they've released a pattern that benefits Operation Underground Railroad, making me love their mission even more! With the newest DIBY pattern, the Gardy Kids Harem Pants, 100% of proceeds will go to O.U.R. This non-profit organization assists governments around the world in the rescue of human trafficking and sex trafficking victims, with a special focus on children.
What's even better is that you can get an awesome pattern while supporting O.U.R. The Gardy Harem Pants are a unisex pattern that can be made with either knit or woven. The harem style provides plenty of movement in both fabric types and according to my 3 year old, makes ninja moves much easier.
The pants come in capri, long or woven lengths. The capri and long are for knits with a cuff finish. The woven is finished with a hem. Then for the waist, choose from the regular waistband, foldover waistband or elastic finishing. There are also optional slant pockets that can be put in the front side panels. I'd highly recommend them, they only take a few extra minutes but will make one happy child.
I made my youngest two versions of these pants. He finds them exceptionally cozy and loves the movement they provide. He's clearly at that age where getting photos of him is challenging to say the least.
The first pair I made are the capri length with the foldover waistband and no pockets. It was definitely a mistake to omit the pockets, the times saved was minimal and he kept looking for them. I used the 4 way stretch blue touch athletic knit from Mily Mae Fabrics for these. The fabric is brushed on the inside and soft to touch on the outside. He loved the feel.
This kiddo has a belly that pushes his pants down. Due to that I ended up making a size 3 graded to an 18 month waist. The foldover waistband helped keep them up too. I think for him though, I'll definitely stick with an elastic finishing to ensure they stay up with all his crazy moves.
My next pair were with a thicker 2 way stretch French Terry from Joann. At first I didn't love how bulky these were but he seems to like these the most. I did choose to add the slant pockets to this pair, using a cotton woven for the pocket bag for a fun (not visible) touch. He couldn't help keeping his hands out of pockets so clearly they were the right choice.
This pair is a straight size 3 with a regular knit waistband made from Cotton Lycra. Unfortunately with his body shape, they fall down immediately. I ended up opening up the waistband and inserting 1" knit elastic into it which helped keep them up.
I told you, he's a ham. 🤣
Now that I have a better idea of fit for him, I can't wait to try these with some woven. The tester group had some gorgeous woven or minimal stretch versions that I'd love to replicate.
The Gardy Harem Pants are on sale for 20% off through August 16, 2019. No code is needed at checkout. The regular price of this pattern is $11.99. All proceeds from this pattern benefit Operation Underground Railroad.
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