I've been itching to "save" some garments and turn them into others. There are so many great ideas out there for refashioning clothing and I've been observing the trend. As a fabric junkie, I can't deny the lure of variety of fabrics and finishes that come with using a factory finished garment. So I finally put my toe in the water and tested this idea. You see, I had this lovely pair of "sweat" pants from Ann Taylor that looked cute and were of a lovely knit...they just didn't look good on me any more. ;) But I knew someone that they might look good on.
So I cut off the bottom of the pants and used the lower pant legs to create new pieces for mini pants for the little gal. I used a pair of pajama pants that fit her currently as a pattern of sorts and just winged it. I was able to keep the hem of the pants and the side thread details for her new pants.
It only takes a couple of quick seams with the hem and side seams already there to finish the pants. The most time was probably spent making the waist band...which is just a simple elastic waist with about an inch wide elastic.
It's hard to get an active little gal to stand still so you can photograph her waistband, so believe me when I say that it's not as wonky as it looks in that picture. Diapers and activity move clothes around. I'm pretty pleased with how the pants turned out with a couple of disclaimers. Next time around I need to make the waist a little bit larger so that there is more stretch. My little girl is skinny mini, so it doesn't matter too much on her now. But it's definitely a good habit to get into, especially if I want to try anything like this for myself. Also, it is definitely the case that this method does not account for a curved rear end. ;) That's something that MY body will definitely need.
This whole thing was also an experiment for me because I was working with knit fabric. I actually made my very first garment in grade school with a knit...and I've never done it since. But it is a much more reasonable choice for garment sewing usually, so I'd love to feel really comfortable using knits. I finally realized that my machine has a "stretch" stitch or knit stitch and decided to give it a whirl. I think that part went swimmingly. I would definitely tackle knits again! I pulled on those seams a lot and there was NO issue. They stretched and popped right back.
And she was certainly pleased as punch to wear the pants. She's only 22 months and not a huge talker, so I'm not always sure what she is aware of...but my husband told me the next day that when he was putting her to bed that night while I was out, she patted her pants and said "mama!"
Yay! She'll definitely be getting more things from me. (Like she could avoid it!)