Sam is growing out of all of his pants but refuses to wear anything with buttons (?) or zippers. So even if I wanted to (and I DID) go to Target or wherever, he wasn't having it. Don't get me wrong-- it's a great problem to have even if I do have to check out all the fabric with him first to make sure it doesn't offend Sir-Texture-Sensitive. These are made out of a really lightweight denim from Bolt, and the waist is elastic attached to drawstrings that come out two button holes the front. I tack the elastic with a few stitches in the back to keep it from getting pulled out accidentally and there's a little ribbon "tag" back there, too, to help him with figuring out the back from the front.
His only complaint is that there are no front pockets, but I'm hoping that he'll forget about it. I'm heading to the Depot this weekend to get some more fabric for him-- the denim was around 10 dollars a yard for 54" wide, and I only used two thirds of it. The older Sam gets, the more I realize I need to start making his clothes fit properly. I can't use the same pattern I used to fit him+toddler chub+diaper bottom and if I do, I need to be prepared for my sweet skinny thing to look as though he's got room for a colostomy bag up under there. So. I'm taking the same old elastic waist pants pattern I've used since he was a baby (any commercial pattern will work. Mine is modified off of an old Kwik Sew, I think) and trimming up the front, widening/decreasing the legs, and on and on. It's good. And it's quick. Try it. Just give yourself some time to think it through and forgive yourself if you make a mistake. Once you've figured it out, these take 45 minutes to make (it's only 8 seams including the hem).