The fabric is a cool stripey terry knit from The Fabric Store. The fabric was on sale - I think because the stripes were slightly off grain. I chose to follow the stripes rather than the grain in cutting out because I knew that not being able to match stripes on the side seams would drive me nuts. As you can see, I haven't gone nuts and the stripes are all matched up - yesss! And the fabric seems to be heavy or stable enough (or whatever property it needs) that the legs haven't twisted.
Originally I'd planned to use this fabric to make a funky sleeveless sweatshirt dress for myself, to layer over other funky knits - but (so far) I only dress like that in my imagination :).
The pants are made using Burda Easy 9672 (some pattern reviews here), sewn in about a size 8 but with widths and lengths adjusted according to RTW tracksuit pants that already fitted. The tracksuit pants pattern is unisex and absolutely basic, but just what I wanted - I couldn't be bothered to add lots of details to these pants.
I love Burda kids patterns - both those in the magazines AND individual patterns - the fit on these patterns is so much better on my kids than the Big 4, which must either assume quite a big build or have a terrific amount of ease built in.
My son doesn't particularly fuss over what he wears so long as no skulls or scary images are involved, and these are apparently very nice to wear when you're a bit chilly after a swimming lesson. I really should sew more for him - he's such an easy 'customer'! Having said that, even though I have more of this fabric, I don't think he'd be up for a matching tracksuit top... I might have to look into that funky sleeveless sweatshirt dress after all!
- Gabrielle x