My son has grown out of all his dress pants. His legs and arms have grown like weeds. I don’t have a lot of time at the moment and I don’t love sewing dress pants, but it was getting embarrassing. I decided to cut up some dress pants from my upcycle pile that one of my family members gave to me. It was a basic stretch woven dress pant with pinstripes. It’s a nice dark color: a mix between a gray and a brown. I used the Tree Climber Trousers Pattern in a size 2 with a size 5 length. This is a great basic pattern that’s easy to dress up. I’ve used it several times. I really like the knee patches for extra strength. I don’t want my son to rip through his knees anytime soon.
I kept the pattern pretty much the same except I switched the front pockets from patch pockets to curved pockets. I also did not add a faux fly. I added elastic to the waistband, but kept most of the “gathering” in the back. It’s good to know how to stitch in the ditch for a smooth and flat waistband. Here are some ideas for finding elastic to reuse.
It was really fun to mix up the direction of the stripes. I did diagonal stripes on the knee patches, diagonal back pockets, and crosswise back pocket flaps. If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.