Stretch Denim Show Down

Toddler Pants Show Down! In the right corner: Hosh Pants by Lou Bee Clothing, a slim fit gender neutral stretch denim pant. In the left corner: Charles pants from Ottobre Design with a casual and comfortable stretch denim design. Who will be the champion?!


OK let’s talk similarities. I made a 4t in the Hosh Pants and the 104cm in the Charles Pants, which is about the same in their measurement charts.Both patterns are a slim fit, flat front with elastic back waistband. Both are to be constructed with 1cm seam allowances and a serger is very helpfully suggested (which I did use.)

Hosh Pants requires: 1 yard of fabric min of 42″ wide, thread, 2 buttons, elastic, fusible interfacing, bias tape, serger and comes in sizes 12m to 5t. As a PDF pattern, you can purchase and print and tape together before tracing or cutting your pattern, no waiting for your pattern to arrive by mail or traveling to a store to purchase the pattern (although you may have to print outside of your home.)

Charles Pants requires: 70 cm stretch denim with 10% recovery, piece of scrap fabric for pocket facings, interfacing, elastic, button hole elastic, 2 buttons, snap fastener, thread and comes in sizes 92 cm to 170cm (up to maybe 14 years?) This is a pattern in a magazine with 39 other patterns, which you trace from the pattern pages, which I purchased online and waited to be mailed to me but some people may live in a place where you can buy in person? Or maybe you even have a subscription?!

I have chosen two fabrics easy to distinguish this comparison/duel! The red pants are the Ottobre Designs Charles L. Pants (called the Willy W. pants in the larger sizes) and the railroad stripe pants are the Hosh Pants. Let the fight begin!

Charles: With such exquisite details as against the grain knee panels and both front and back pockets, these are no simple stretch pants. With a dedicated amount of top stitching and careful alignment of grain, you can make one classy and fun pair of comfortable pants for any youth. Here you can see the angled knee panels and the front pockets (lined with white quilting cotton.)


These pants are a bit too long for my kiddo in the size 104cm. Despite being over 3 feet tall, his inseam needs to catch up to this body length. The Charles Pants hold up well to comfort and casual style as they suggested. I think in a variety of fabrics these could go from playground to penthouse (do toddlers every get to go to penthouses?)


Here you can see one of their options for a modified “fake” fly (they do have a zipper option). This is both quicker and easier to construct, and more comfortable for toddlers. Also, the waistband instructions give you two options. You can either create a casing for buttonhole elastic and literally, stitch to large button holes into the waistband fabric and pull the elastic through, or you can directly attach the elastic to the waistband itself. I went for the second option (knowing that the Hosh Pants uses buttonhole elastic.) Additionally, you can see how the front leg panels and the pockets turn the grain on it’s side, creating a nice design element in the sheen of the fabric.


Here I apologize for the poor lighting, but you can see the very large back patch pockets and top stitching of the leg panels. A very nice design, and would be fun to do in a thick yellow thread with green or blue denim. He absolutely loved the front pockets. They are deep and would hold a great quantity of small treasures little hands find.


He really wanted to make that button open. He tried and tried. We are working on it.


A closeup of my back patch pocket top stitching. They had an illustration that led you around the edges quite nicely, and I added in a giant X and three rows across the top. I would also love to add some rivets or other fun designs for future pairs.



Hosh: These stretch pull on pants are fast and fun. Requiring little fabric and only three pattern pieces, getting these pants traced, cut and sewn was so speedy! The smile on this little trickster has to do with popsicle bribes, for the record.


The size 4t fit exactly right, without much adjustment to the button hole elastic.The leg length was spot on, and the slim fit was great even though I wouldn’t call my toddler slim at all. I have typically seen this pattern on girls, but I do really think it is a gender neutral pattern.


Here is a detail picture of the back waistband with an added tag on the inside, the interfaced front band laying quite flat and quite nice.


I had luck/fun matching up the stripes, and here is the inner leg panel joined together. This took almost no effort, so I think some of it is a quality pattern with good lines.



The Hosh Pants are fun, and look great with his day time Riivalit shirt (see this post for more details.) He liked that he could put them on himself too.


Final notes:

Charles Pants: took me over two hours, maybe even over three, from start to finish. They are well designed with many details, pockets, top stitching, and have a thoroughly constructed waistband and fly. The options are amazingly varied, with pockets and without, zipper no zipper, etc. A side note from the magazine is that they have a girl version of nearly the same design, with different paneling and features I haven’t scrutinized yet. The total cost breakdown was $20 for the magazine, $8 for denim, stash elastic, stash interfacing, stash buttons. The huge range of sizes also makes this quite economical, not to mention the other patterns in the magazine. I think this happens to be one of the best items I have ever made, having taken great pains to execute perfect top stitching and careful seams. I am ridiculously in love with these pants. I want to make like, 8 more pairs but that he doesn’t really need any more pants just yet. However…

Hosh Pants: took me  less than an hour from start to finish. They are simple, fast, and choosing fun fabrics, you could make some kid pretty cool, pretty fast. The waistband is constructed in a way that often pulls the fabric into two little tabs on the side of the body by the hips (I see this across the net not just on mine, I think it’s in the pattern. You really have to get the button very close to the back waistband casing to remove that fabric bulge.) The total cost was $8 for the pattern, $5 for the fabric, stash elastic, stash buttons, stash interfacing. I have seen people add details to this pattern, back pockets and ruffles around the cuff, which have made it a little more versatile. It’s hard to beat a fast quality completed pair of kid pants for around $20 in under an hour.

Which pattern do you think wins the battle?

Cast your votes! You decide!




PS: don’t forget to comment on this post to win a pattern by Thread Theory for grown up men’s pants, the Jutlands!


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