nature walk pants with City Weekend knits

S is here to show you the Nature Walk Knit Pants made up in a few of the new City Weekend interlock knits. The Nature Walk Pants are the quiet sibling of the Nature Walk Pullover. Because these pants don’t draw attention to themselves, many people have been surprised when they’ve seen the pants in person. They’re very easy to make, quite versatile, and extremely useful.

S has been wearing them a lot lately. To demonstrate how they’re as great for girls as they are for boys, I thought it would be nice to show you a few examples of the pants in action.

Every Tuesday the kids in S’s kindergarten class are expected to wear sneakers and comfortable pants to school for gym class. I made her two pairs of the pants in a plain navy interlock (not from the City Weekend line) for gym day. She likes them because they’re very comfortable, with a minimum of seams. She’s a very skinny kid, and we usually have trouble finding pants that fit. But this pattern works well when we lengthen a small size to fit her.

For weekend and everyday wear, she likes the pants in the Cafe Dot interlock from City Weekend. It’s cute and fun, not so serious like her school gym pants.

And the best part? If you combine the Nature Walk Knit Pants with the Hopscotch Dress pattern (also designed for knits) it makes wonderfully comfortable and cozy pajamas. I shortened the dress to a tunic length–somewhere between the top and the dress lengths–and added a lettuce edge hem to both the sleeves and the pants to make this pajama set. The top is made from the Park Ramble print while the top’s trim and the pants are the Cafe Dot.

Interested in trying this yourself? I’ll show you how to do a lettuce hem shortly.




  1. Katja Magus

    Cute kiddo and cute fabrics! I can’t wait to try out the pants on my skinny boys!

  2. emily

    Love those jammies!

  3. I looooove the knits: they are so soft…

    Can’t wait to work with them and that Hopscotch Dress for my little sister.

    Now she’s gonna want some pants to match, I predict.



  4. It’s so helpful to see the patterns made up in a variety of fabrics.. I love those pajamas! And S is so cute!

  5. lettuce hem looks fab I love all the photos.

  6. Thanks for sharing these photos and ideas! I can attest to how fabulously easy and versatile this pattern is. I’ve made two for my three-year old son and plan to make more!

  7. Sarah Cameron

    I can’t wait to learn how to do the lettuce hem. I can see lots of possibilities for that one!

  8. Cute pants and quite the fetching model. 🙂

    I spent all weekend sewing baby clothes for my bff using O+S patterns exclusively. I haven’t stopped being amazed at how well drafted they are and how darn adorable the resulting garments look. Keep up the excellent work! (And if you ever feel the need to start drafting women’s clothing, please be my guest.)

  9. The pajamas are the cutest thing ever! Love the lettuce edge. Now, If I could just find some City Weekend……

  10. Jennifer

    Oh hooray! I was planning to make my little one some pajamas for Christmas anyway; now I have the perfect justification to try some of the City Weekend knits I’ve been drooling over. =0)

  11. Beverly Atkins

    I just love those little pajamas. I’m going to make them soon!

  12. readily awaiting my icecream dress pattern and very excited about the prospect of something modern and cute to sew for my lovelies.

  13. Liesel, Can you use the City Weekend interlock knit to make the Ice Cream Dress or does the pattern need to be specifically for knits?

  14. Karen, I’m not sure whether the Ice Cream Dress would work in knits. I think you would have better success with patterns written specifically for knits, but if you’re willing to play with it you might be able to make the body of the dress with knit and use a woven fabric for the yoke and hem. Could be very cute!

  15. alliestich

    think these trousers are just great and am planning to make a couple of pairs for my twins from the yummy blue dot knit.

    just have a confused question about working with knits – i think i remember reading that all knits tend to shrink quite a bit when 1st washed, so if i am going to make the pants in a size 5 do i need to have 1 yard pre or post washing? just wondering how much to order….?

  16. linda howard

    Just want to be sure you’re going to post the lettuce leaf technique on your website…or will it be somewhere else?

  17. Linda Howard- My serger will do a lettuce edge technique on light to medium-weight ribbing, stretchy knit. I would use a polyester serger thread, Woolly Nylon and standard presser foot. Thread your machine for a 3-thread rolled edge using the right overlock needle and this stitch would require a tightened lower looper. You can either use a single thickness or serge on the fold crosswise edge of your fabric. Lock the blade if you choose not to cut the fabric as you serge the edge. Place the fabric under the foot to the right of the unlocked blade. Begin serging, stretching the fabric as you are sewing to the degree you want ripples along the edge. This will make a lettuce edge using a rolled edge stitch. I would also like to know how Liesl made the lettuce edge hem on the knit pajamas. I will be looking for her post.

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