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Field Research Pants for Boys and Girls sizes 3/4 - 13/14

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Author Scientific Seamstress
Price $7.50
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Whether a budding botanist, emerging entomologist, or rising geologist, your young explorer will need a pair of pants that will go from field to stream in any season. The Field Research Pants can be super simple (pants 101), or highly complex (senior thesis) depending on the desired options. The basic pants are composed of separate front and back pieces. The waistband is finished with a facing, and is elasticized in the back. Multiple cutting lines are provided so the waistband can sit at the natural waistline or a bit lower. The cargos can be made as knee-length shorts, or in a range of pants lengths. Optional design features include:

Mock fly

Belt loops

Hip pockets

Back pockets

Side pockets

Just like science, the Field Research Pants are for boys AND girls alike! With a size range of 3-4 to 13-14, you can fit many important developmental stages.

by Y. Shilland
on June 4th, 2015

I found this pattern to be a little difficult to follow because there were so many instructions. However, once you got going it seems to flow pretty well. I made these for my daughter in a 13/14. The shorts length was almost a clam digger on her, but she loved them a little long. I love the bag pocket in the front, that was a new skill for me and it was well explained although it took me a minute to get it. I'll be making these again in the future for my daughter and my son. I'm going to check out her other patterns as well.


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Fabric - 1 to 4 yards, depending on length, size, and options.

Buttons (optional) - Buttons may be sewn to the optional side (2) and back pockets (2). A button may be sewn to the mock fly on the waistband.

Note: The patterns have placement diagrams for 1/2” - 5/8” buttons and 3/4” buttonholes. Other sized buttons may be used, just lengthen or shorten the buttonholes accordingly.

Interfacing (optional) - Small scraps are needed to stabilize buttonholes.

1” wide non-roll elastic - Purchase 1/2 yard or 1 package.

Gluestick - Optional, but very helpful for setting folds. Gluesticks made especially for sewing can be found in the notions section of the fabric store, but ordinary school gluesticks work just as well.

Separating zippers - For the zip-off leg option: Purchase two zippers (14” for sizes 3/4 to 5/6, 16” for sizes 7/8 to 9/10, or 18” for sizes 11/12 to 13/14).

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