Saturday, 3 April 2010
okay folks, here it is. the kidlet pants pattern piece, ready for download. i was planning to write it up all proper-like, with full instructions and diagrams like my fleur playmat pattern, but if i wait to find time to do that, this pattern will languish on my hard drive like the many others i have half written. so since it's a freebie, it's a little more laissez-faire, just the traceable pattern shape and some very basic instructions here to get you started.
maesey sporting the kidlet pant in linen, refashioned from a dress of mine.
the pattern is one simple piece you can adjust to use a number of ways - it doesn't include seam allowances so you will need to add those when you cut, leaving extra space at the leg and waistband for hemming. i've been using it mostly to refashion other pieces of clothing, using the existing hems of shirts or dresses for the bottoms of the legs saves heaps of time. i've made mae pants out of linen, jersey and flannel (pjs made from the previously useless cot pillowcase that came with her sheet set - sweet!) using this pattern, all with great results. it's a nice straight leg and slim through the hips (probably too slim for cloth nappies). all you need to do is cut out four pattern pieces (two on the right side of the fabric and two on the wrong side of the fabric - fold it over and cut them all at once!), sew the outer leg side together (or cut your pieces with the outer leg side on the fold so you can skip this seam), do your hem on the ankle, then sew up the inner leg. once you've done both legs, turn one leg wrong side out and slip the other leg inside (right side out), lining up the tops of the inner leg seams, then sew right around the U shape formed by both legs together. now all you have left is the waist hem - measure out how much elastic you need on your own little kidlet (mae's waist is about 50cm), sew the hem down leaving a space for feeding the elastic through, put the elastic in and sew its ends together, then finishing sewing up the waist. done!
okay, i know these instructions aren't going to be much help to a complete beginner. and i feel really bad about it and would love to make everything crystal clear as i know how frustrating written instructions can be to decipher, especially without diagrams. but as i said, if i leave this until i have the energy or motivation to make it the way i would like, it just won't get done. so hopefully some of you will still get some use out of the pattern - anyone who has sewn a pair of pants before should have no trouble whatsoever. and i would so love to hear about it if you do make some!
oh, as for sizing - mae is 20 months old and about 84cm (33 inches) tall. this pattern should fit most kids between 18 months and three-ish but you may need to add or subtract some length on the leg. for younger kids (maybe 1 year old) you could make them without adding the seam allowance on the inner and outer leg and for big three year olds, try cutting bigger seam allowances.