Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Jammie Pants with Ruffles

Edited to add directions for Cocoa's pajama pants method (at the bottom)
moda flirtations bloomers
I've decided that this is the year of the pants. I have thought that little girl bloomers with ruffles were darling for the longest time. Last week I bought a pattern to sew these red bloomers - except I forgot that my kiddos tend to have short legs and longer torsos, so these ended up being full length pants with ruffles.

After reading Cocoa's post on a having a Homemade Christmas, I wrote and asked her about her favorite pattern for making pajama pants. She let me in on a great method for making some without a pattern. Here's my attempt, I think they turned out great. I just added the ruffle at the bottom, because I couldn't help myself.
pajama pants
I guess I will have to exercise some restraint when I make some for the boys.

The best thing about these pants is that they fit her perfectly - 10 times better than the bloomers made with a pattern.

To see what others are TATing about, visit Lara at The Lazy Organizer
Directions for Pajama Pants Cocoa's Way:
Just use a pair of each child's pants to cut out the patterns for each of their PJ's. It's a lot simpler that way.

Just fold the pants in half (back to back) and cut around it with about an inch extra on the sides and bottom and about 2 inches on the top (for the elastic). That becomes the front pieces.
Then fold the pants front to front, cut around it the same way and create the back pieces. Here's the order to sew the pants:
1. Sew inseams (fronts to backs)
2. Sew the crotch seam next, matching the backs together and the fronts together.
3. Then do the weird little flip so that you sew the side seams together (fronts to backs).
4. Next I do elastic casing - fold top edge 1/4 of an inch then fold again 1 inch down. Sew leaving an opening for the elastic.
5. Hem the bottom of the legs last. (I changed this and sewed the ruffle on before sewing the side seams in step #3).

For the ruffle, I just cut a strip 2 inches wide by about 1 1/2 times the width of the legs, folded it in half, pressed it, sewed a basting stitch along the top, gathered it to fit the pant leg, pinned it, and sewed it on. I ironed the ruffle seam and then topstitched just above it on the right side).

I also topstitched along the top of the waistband and zig-zagged the edges of all the seams. Another big thanks to Cocoa for all her help on this project! If I can sew this - you can too!


Cocoa said...

I LOVE the ruffles on the hem!!! They turned out so cute. Glad to know my instructions didn't totally throw you for a loop. ;D

Amber said...

those are cute!

Veggiemomof2 said...

Adorable! I sure wish I could sew! I just don't have the patience for it!

Family O'Foxes said...

Those are so cute! What talent you have! :)

You are a stinker for not sharing your secret to how to make a pair of pants ourself. :)

Merry Christmas,

Thea said...

Those are really cute! Great job!

Tirzah said...

Those are adorable!!

Heather said...

They look great!! And the ruffles are awesome!

Elizabeth-W said...

Do they come in my size?? :D

Lammy said...

Wondered if you would share your pj pants "insider info!"
Thanks for the links as well.

Courtney said...

These are wonderful! I would love to know how you made them. My little girl would look adorable in them!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

THANK YOU for linking to Cocoa's blog! I'm her newest fan! :)

Lammy said...

Gonna try this out tomorrow.

The Lazy Organizer said...

Oh my goodness they're cute! Love the red flowers and stripes together!!! I really want to make aprons for my girls. Do you think you and cocoa could come up with a pattern for me? Thanks!