(*And a little friend)
Yesterday I made these little baby pants. The top two are for Pipi and the darker grey pair with striped knee patches are for a friend who has recently announced her pregnancy and is due at the end of the year.
They are super quick and easy to make. I made Pipi’s ones first and they took me a bit longer as I was working out what I was doing and also didn’t sew the knee patches on until after sewing up the pants – rookie mistake! It was very hard (impossible) to sew them with the sewing machine (I ended up doing most of it by hand!)
I whipped the pair I made as a gift much quicker – in about half an hour (with a Pipi feeding and changing break in the middle) and made sure I sewed the knee patches on at the beginning this time! I did make one mistake though when cutting out and was left with much less of the dark grey fabric as a result, meaning that the legs were shorter so I made the cuffs longer. This turned out being a happy accident because I like the bigger cuff look better, and intend making them like this from now on.
The fabric is all stretchy knit fabric and is mostly made from old T-shirts (all except the owl and floral fabrics). The pants are a relaxed style – known as Sarouels (kind of like harem pants), with a dropped crotch. I think this style is really cute and also goes great with cloth nappies which I use. (Well Pipi will start wearing cloth when this big box of new born disposables runs out… or maybe I’ll buy a second box! Anyway I digress…)
I drafted my own pattern using a pair of Pipi’s leggings and this tutorial (which I adapted a bit – I didn’t do drawstrings or pockets and added knee patches and a waist band.)
I have HEAPS more ideas for these pants.. lots more colour combinations and I want to make for Isabelle too, maybe in merino – it’s getting cold round here!
…But this will have to wait, we have a very busy weekend hosting family. My Dad and Step Mum arrive from Christchurch tonight and we will be seeing a lot of Andrew’s family too, with a conference at our church this weekend that they are all coming up for. It will likely be a crazy busy time, but lots of fun too – and I’m so excited for everyone to meet little Pipi for the first time!
I hope wherever you are you are warm and happy!