remember those nani iro pants we made for our favorite rambunctious toddler? well, the kid liked them so much we decided to make him another pair (albeit in a larger size – the gray version).
we also stitched up 2 more pairs for E & M, our favorite set of fraternal twins to wear a few months down the road. E is quite a bit larger than M, and hence he gets a 86 cm pair while we whipped up an 80 cm pair for M.
we made a few modifications to our original pattern — mostly replacing the elastic leg cuff with a simple stitched hem and making the pattern available in 4 sizes. there’s a size 92 cm (for 18-24 month olds) that we didn’t sew up (since the kid’s first pair was a size 92cm).
photo above of the pants (size 98cm) in action. they’re a bit long on the kid, since he should be wearing a size 92 cm — maybe we’ll ask him to model again in a few months when he’s grown a few inches.
as soon as ‘lil dumping put the pants on, he wouldn’t stop moving, climbing and wiggling around. we take that as a sure indicator that said pants are super comfortable and non-constricting! pants that allow kids to be kids! hooray!
the double knit nani iro fabric we selected has an incredibly soft hand . . . even fluffier than some organic cottons we’ve come across. the colours wash beautifully and the fabric remains just as soft post-wash. we threw the fabrics into scalding hot water, dreft baby detergent, and the extra dry setting in the dryer prior to sewing.
the fabric does shrink down quite a bit lengthwise. our 36″ cut shrunk down to 30″ post wash and 31″ post-ironing. The 27″ cut shrunk down to around 24″ post-ironing. you’ll need about 1 yard for the largest size and 3/4 of a yard for the 3 smaller sizes. the fabric costs out to around $18-$24. admittedly, that isn’t exactly bargain basement but a great deal more reasonable than paying $50-$70, which appears to be the going rate these days for a pair of avant-garde designer toddler pants. plus, you get the sheer pleasure of telling people when they ask you where you got your kid those great pants, that you made them!
so here’s what we did . . . free pattern and tutorial ahead –> Read the rest of this entry »