Kid pants with Mock Fly and Pockets

These pants were super easy to make, and my first time trying the Kid Pants pattern by Dana from Made.

But I didn’t want to do just simple pants. So I added a mock fly, curved front pockets and patch pockets on the back.

I also used Dana’s tutorial for the flat front to the pants.

Want your own? You can download the Kid Pants Pattern by Made here. Then read her tutorial on how to do flat front pants here

And finally, get my pants front and pocket pieces here (I designed them to use with the Kid Pants pattern), then follow the tutorial below.

First, these are a size 3T-ish. Print the PDF file with my pieces borderless. You’ll need to tape 3 pages together after printing to get the pants front piece, and then the other 3 pages are the pockets.  Use 3/8″ seams.

Cut 2 of each piece, just like in the Made tutorial.

First, we’ll tackle the mock fly. With right sides together, finish the curved edge of the fly with a zig-zag or serger. If you use a serger, BE CAREFUL not to cut into the pants at the bottom of the fly (I know, I’ve done it). Honestly, because of the small area you’re working in, this is probably a time that zig-zagging is preferable to serging.

Next, you’re going to sew right up the front crotch line (including the dashed lines on my pattern piece) just as if there was no fly flap at all. Over the dashed line part, sew with a big basting stitch.

With the wrong side of the pants up, press the front crotch seam, pressing the fly flap to the left at the same time. Now carefully sew along the curved edge of the fly flap, securing it to the front of the pants.

On the front it will look like this:
Now, for a true mock fly, you undo the basting stitches where the dashed line was. This will allow your little one to stick fingers into where a zipper would be if there was a zipper. For a lazy mock fly, just do some topstitching along the crotchline and call it a day (as I did). Either way it looks like there’s a fly.
Next let’s do the front pockets. Start with the front pocket lining pieces. Lay these right sides together with the front of the pants, matching the top curved edge. BTW, you will never see this piece unless you pull your pockets out, so you can feel free to use non-matching or cute print fabric.
Stitch along the top curved seams, then serge or zig-zag and trim (I did one of each below), then flip these to the inside of the pants. Press.
Now is a good time to topstitch the linings in place if you want.
Next, turn the pants wrong side up and pin the pockets into place along the bottom curved edge of the pocket lining. The top of the pockets should line up with your waistline, and the side should match up with the side seam.
Stitch to the pocket lining along the long bottom curved edge without sewing these to the front of the pants. 
Now baste the top and side of the pocket into place where they overlap the pants front.
From here on out you can treat this as one pants piece and follow the Made tutorial to finish them. The pocket pieces will get sewn into the side seams when you attach the pants back, and will get folded down into the waist on top.
For the back pockets, press like this

Fold in the sides, then the bottom, then fold the top over twice and stitch the top down.

Pin the back pockets onto the pants back after the crotch seam is sewn but before the pants back is attached to the pants front.

Topstitch these into place around the sides and bottom, stopping at the corners with the needle in the fabric to turn. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to reinforce the pockets.

And now just follow the Made tutorial to finish up the pants. Then head to the duck pond for a photo shoot.

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  1. Karen says

    Thanks for sharing I copied a pair of pants from children’s place. The boy I baby sat mom used oxyclean and his pants were all full of holes. It was the end of the school year they couldn’t find any pants for him. I bought khaki colored fabric and made pants just like yours. It’s been 10 years since then and now I have a grand daughter so glad to find a tutorial!

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