One of the questions I often receive about the Dax Trousers is if they are suitable for girls as well as boys. The answer is yes, no, and maybe!
Here’s the long explanation: when I draft patterns, I use a ‘block’. This is a very basic garment (in this case a pair of pants) that has only a little ease and no details. I add the amount of ease appropriate to the style (in this case a little since the pants are slim fit but are sewn from woven fabric).
The block I used is unisex from sizes 2-6, then I switched to the ‘boy’ block for sizes 8-12. The blocks change in the higher sizes because older boys typically have less of a difference between their waist and hips than girls do at that age.
So, for younger children, yes, they are unisex. For older children, it depends on their measurements. If your older girl fits nicely into my size chart of the Dax Trousers, she will likely get a good fit. But, if her hip is a much higher size than her waist, you will need to do some adjustments for a good fit.
After that long explanation, here are the Dax Trousers on my nearly 8 year old daughter. She has an undeveloped figure with her waist and hips nicely fitting into the size 6 of my size chart. I didn’t make any fit alterations for her. The only change I made was to cut the legs 3″ below the tab notches rather than cutting the full length pants. I knew she likely would never wear them uncuffed, so I just made them shorter so there wouldn’t be any bulk from rolling them up.
The fabric is a crisp outerwear synthetic fabric. It is quite thin and dries quickly. It was a bit challenging to sew because it doesn’t press well and leaves holes when stitching is removed.
I used a fun quilting cotton for the waistband and pocket linings. You can see a little peak through the back welt pockets.
The front closes with a fully functional fly and the belt loops and hip pockets are fun details too.
You can purchase your copy of the Dax Trousers as a stand alone pattern, or buy the whole One Thimble Issue 15 (a great value!) here. #affilate Come back later this week for a detailed review of the #116 V Neck Cardigan by Thread Faction Studio and the Military Messenger Bag by FABulous Home Sewn.