Baby things are fun to sew, they’re so little and quick! I found some tutorials on the internet for sewing baby pants, and decided that would be my next task. I haven’t been very satisfied with the commercially made baby pants. They’re either roomy fleece or super structured mini-adult pants. They’re all adorable, but why does my infant need pockets anyway? She doesn’t have the pincer movement to pick up anything to put in them…
So I started with the fleece pants and cut out a template with a quarter inch along the side seam and a half inch (ish) at the top.
Next use the template to cut some sweater sleeves to match. Using the sleeves means I just have to sew a crotch seam and a waistband! The internet is full of brilliant ideas.
I tried sewing the elastic into the waistband three different ways before I settled on this one. I didn’t want elastic all the way around, just across the back. So I cut a strip the correct length and stitched the edges along the side seams – do this first!
Then fold the waistband hem down and stitch underneath the elastic being careful not to catch it. Voila, elastic waist in the back only but still nice and stretchy.
They fit her with a little room still to grow – exactly as I’d hoped! On these I can fold the cuffs down when she gets longer too:
Oh yeah, and the corduroys: