Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

KCWC Day 2 :: Make Your Own Tiny Pants

Ok, are you ready to get to work?  These pants will be cuter on the model but this picture will have to do for now.  Every time I make a pair I think up other things I could do with them.  These pants are cut on the fold so eliminate the side seams but I think it would be fun to leave the side seams in and sew a couple of rows of lace across the bum.  

First, print out all of your pattern pieces.  I made them both in 12 and 18 months.  Ok, so these might be more like 6-9 and 9-12 (worst tutorial ever?).  You have to tape the pattern pieces for the legs together before you start.  All of the pieces are cut on the fold.  You’ll need at least a yard of knit fabric (you’ll also need some 1/2″ elastic for later).  You can double the amount of “fold” you have by opening the fabric and refolding it so that both selvedges meet in the middle.  I used a 1/4″ seam allowance for all of the seams.

Next, Stitch each set of cuff pieces together, right sides facing.  Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8″.  Turn the cuffs right side out and pin one, right sides together, to the bottom of each leg piece and stitch.   Trim the seam allowance.

Now fold each cuff and leg piece so that they’re right sides together and stitch the inseam.  That’s the seam along the lower edge of the leg.  Turn one of the legs right side out.

Now, this is the trickiest part.  You have to stuff one leg into the other so that the right sides are facing.  Pin and stitch along the big U.  I like to turn the seam allowances in the middle of the U so that they’re facing opposite directions and are locked into place.  Sorry for the terrible pictures but you get the point.

Now, all you have left to do is make a casing for the waistband.  No hems!  You could turn down 1/4″ and then make the casing but since knits don’t ravel I use a much less scientific method.  I turn down about 3/4″, stitch, using a 5/8″ seam, leaving a 1″ opening and thread a length of 1/2″ elastic through.  I like to stitch the casing from the right side.  You can find out all more all about that here.  I never remember to measure the baby so I usually estimate at about 3/4 the length of the waist.  Once the elastic is threaded, close the opening by stitching to join the line of stitches.  Trim any excess fabric close to the stitches.

You’re done!  Put them on your cute baby.  Oh, snip off the threads hanging off all over.  Try to do that before putting them on the cute baby.  I’m just sayin.

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