I was recently with two gal pals at a local fabric store I hadn't apparently been to since I was a little kid. My mom had been keeping it secret from me...she knew once I found it I would fall in love! In LOVE indeed! This place is a HOT MESS, but in a totally good way. Now I love clean, organized and detailed spaces...this fabric store called Sas was none of those things. You have to dig for fabrics, but there are so many! The trim and ribbon section is insane. Buttons, they've got buckets to dig through. I found some awesome vintage looking ones. And don't even get me started on the impossible mountain of amazing knits to dig through. Stripes everywhere!!! It was crazy fun! I can't wait to go back (with no kids the next time of course). While I was there I found this really adorable yellow vintage inspired puppy print fabric...
It had this huge tear in it, boo. Totally still usable though.
I thought it would make the cutest pair of old fashioned mens style pajama pants for Kaison. He loves puppies. I loved the vintage look of the fabric. Yesterday I finally got the fabric out and got to work.
Warning: I have never done this before, and I am not an avid sewer at all!
Here's what I did:
I grabbed a pair of Kaison's existing pajamas bottoms and used those as my pattern. I laid them on a piece of butcher paper and traced them. I added a 1/2" seem allowance all the way around the sides, and left enough for the top waistband and bottom of the pant leg. I cut the paper pattern out.
I then used the pattern to cut out four pieces of my fabric.
(there is two stacked in each pile here)
Turn them so they are facing right side toward each other. Your going to first sew down the long side seam.
There's about a 1/2" allowance there from where I placed my seam.
It will be like this when you've sewn that long side seam. You can feel free to press it open if you'd like, me not so much!
Now sew the other side together (the shorter seam) leaving the crotch area alone.
Once you have these two sections done, it's time to sew the crotch. Just match up the sections and follow the seam.
Now you should have something like this. Mine is not perfect by any means in the crotch, but you can't see that it's not.
Fold down and create a hem for the waistband at the top of the pants. You will need to make sure it's just a bit larger than the width of your elastic. This part I ironed. Then sew a seam to create where the elastic will go, leaving about a 1" opening for your elastic to go in. I used a 1" wide elastic that I already had around my supplies. I attatched a safety pin to one end to feed through the hole I left open on the waistband. Once you've fed it all the way through sew your pieces of elastic together first. Then sew your seam closed, I also stitched the elastic in place where I closed the seam so the elastic doesn't flip and turn inside.
Now it's time to create the hem at the bottom of the pant leg. I made a small hem under and ironed it, about 1/4". Then I flipped a hem up that was about 1 1/2" and ironed that. Then I flipped that down in half so it created this almost bias tape looking hem. Ironed it, then sewed it. Can you see it?
Then you have pants!
And oh yeah, my baby boys nails are blue! He asked Momma to paint his since I got a pedicure, and quite frankly since I don't have girls...I jumped at the chance and got out the blue polish. Daddy wasn't thrilled, but oh well!