Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Tutorial Post

Seriously, things have been CRAZY  around here.  The hubby hurt himself and is down for a while - which means I have both him and Baby Girl to take care of.  Doesn't leave much time for fun things, like blogging and crafting.  Unfortunately.

However, she's momentarily occupied in her Jeep Walker and he's watching Nascar. Both have had lunch so I've got a few minutes. 

I apologize for how long it's taken me to get this post on here.  For those of you with bambinos - or have friends with bambinos - here's a great tutorial for using a long-sleeved shirt to make baby pants.  The shirt I used was a Junior's Large - the sleeves weren't very wide at the top.  A man's long-sleeved T will work better for bigger babies.  Baby Girl is in 12 month clothes and these pants are barely fitting now (hence the reason to "upcycle" what you already have!). 

The best thing about using a T?  You use the hems of the sleeves for hems for the pants!  One less step!

A note:  Make sure that the sleeves of whatever shirt you are using  are considerably longer than your babies legs.  Unless, of course, you intend on making capris or shorts!

And we're off:

Turn your long-sleeved T inside out and line up the sleeve of the T based upon the inside seam.  You may want to press your T at this point.

I then decided to cut the sleeve off the T, on a level line, directly underneath the armpit seam. This makes the material much easier to handle.

Find a pair of pants that fits your bambino correctly.  We will be using these as a cutting guide. Line the pants up with the sleeve along the bottom and the inside seam. 

Make sure the crotch of your guide pants lines up with the side seam - we will be cutting here. Also, give yourself at least 1" at the top of the sleeve to allow for the waistband. (My cut wasn't so straight here).

Make a small cut into the sleeve where the seams of your guide pants meet - allow an extra 1/4" to 1/2" for seam allowance.

Using the guide pants, cut a "J" out of the side with the seam.  You will need to ensure that you don't cut too deep or your pants will be too tight around the booty area. 

Repeat with other sleeve. I simply laid my "J" piece on the other sleeve, lining up seams, and then cut.

This should now be your pants legs:

Turn one leg right-side out.

Place the right-side out leg into the wrong-side out leg.

Line up the seams.

Pin the "U".

Sew from the first arrow to the second arrow. You may want to reinforce at the center crotch seam for added durability.  Serge or finish the edges.

Pull the inside leg out so the pants are still wrong-side out.  Line up your new seams so that they are to the left and right.  If you desire to create a longer backside (to prevent any plumber's crack), line a ruler at the backside and slightly angle it downward (I used 1").

Cut this piece off.

The backside of the pants will now be slightly taller than the front. Mark the front and the back - this will be helpful later!

Serge or finish the raw edge.  This will prevent the fabric from rolling.

Now it is time to make the waistband. Fold the top of the pants over approximately 1" or however much you left compared to the guide pants.

Now we will sew around the bottom of the fabric, making a casing.  Do NOT sew completely around.  Leave a gap to run the elastic through. You will want to sew back and forth at the beginning and end.

At this point, I realized I forgot to mark my front from my back - so Baby Girl's pants have the opening at the front and not the back. Whoops!

Cut your elastic based upon your baby's waist size.  Add at least 1" for sewing the ends together. Using a safety pin or bodkin, thread your elastic through the casing.

Pin the two ends together.

Sew using a zig-zag stitch until you feel it is secure. Sew up the opening.

Your Pants Are Finished!


I'd love to see any completed projects!  And let me know if something wasn't clear - just comment and I'll answer so anyone else who is facing the same issue can also see the answer. Thanks and enjoy!

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