Had you asked me a few years ago, I would have told you that making kids' jeans was not a good use of my sewing time. After all, children's jeans are relatively inexpensive,readily available, and sewing time is precious. However, my son has changed my mind. Below are his RTW jeans. I bought these on sale at the end of last winter, probably at BigW, but possibly at Target. They did not cost much, but the only jeans available, were "distressed". This may be highly fashionable, but it does not make for long lasting jeans. My son has been wearing these with increasing frequency since the weather cooled in early May, just over 2 months ago. He had not worn them previously. You can see that 2 of these pre distressed jeans have rapidly disintegrated due to the normal wearing activity of a 5 year old. Why do manufacturers think that small boys need assistance in wearing out their jeans? I thought that my somewhat stingy habit of buying left over clothes at the end of winter might be the reason for the lack of "new" jeans. I looked here, I looked there, even if I pay $38.95 for size 4 Pumpkin Patch denim jeans, they are "distressed", frayed seams, faded patches, the lot! I do not understand fashion.
I do not have a boys jeans pattern. I thought I would try Jalie 968, which starts at a size 2, given that small girls and small boys are much the same shape, and that despite the pattern description,these are a standard, straight leg jean. My son measures size G (3) in circumference and size H (4) in leg length. I made him a size H (4) as there is not a lot of ease in the pattern. I was very interested to see how these jeans work at the extreme of the size range. It impresses me that Jalie can include so many sizes in one pattern.