I am getting every last bit of use out of my sewing machine as I can before we move. It’s almost like kissing a sailor goodbye right before he goes off to storm the beaches of Normandy. (I said ALMOST.)
Today, we finished making Christmas jammie pants for the kids. We were in Old Navy and spotted an interesting pair of men’s pajama pants; they have skulls wearing Santa hats all over them. I’ll be honest, it’s not my thing, but Finn is massively into skeletons (since last Halloween when we bought him a skeleton shirt). They don’t make cool Christmas pants in kids’ sizes and there isn’t any hip Christmas fabric at Joann’s. If I ever want to make Alice a dress with waltzing princess gingerbread men on them, I know where to look. But, if you are a skeleton-loving little boy, prancing Christmas pastry isn’t necessarily what you hope to be wearing while opening your swag from The Jolly Fat Man on Christmas morning. (That would be Santa and NOT Nathan, by the way. No one would ever mistake Nathan for “jolly.”)
I bought the biggest pair of men’s pants as I could find, since I was hoping to get a pair for Alice out of them, too. I used pairs of the kids’ pants as a pattern and used the bottom of the legs for Finn’s and the top for Alice’s pair.
I recall, way back in the day, a friend in Spokane told me that it was super easy to make pants without a pattern (that’s you, Peggy! Why would I ever have doubted you?). I’m not gonna lie – I totally thought she was mistaken, but really, it is so easy. If one were so inclined, it is totally doable in five(ish) steps…
TWO: Hem the bottom of each leg.
THREE: With right sides together, sew the short sides of each pant leg together – the inseam/crotch.
FOUR: Turn one pant leg right-side out and slip it inside the pant leg that is inside-out, line up the raw edges and sew. (So that the right sides of each pant leg are together.)
FIVE: Fold over the waist band twice and stitch so you have a tube for the elastic waist band to run through, leaving a small opening to put said elastic in.
FIVE-ISH: Put a safety-pin on one end of your elastic and run it through the tube. Stitch or tie the ends together and sew up the little opening in the waistband.
FIVE-ISH-ISH: Beg and plead with your child to please, please, PLEASE hold still so Mom can take a picture. Nope? Fine.
I even put a little faux tie on them. It’s just a bow made out of the tie off the original pair of pants tacked to the front.
I also zigzagged all the seams to prevent fraying, though I sorta half-assed it. Ideally, my stitches would be way closer together, but I was racing the clock and hoped to get them done before Princess Christmas woke up.
I’ve got a confession to make; I also made a tiny pair for Alice’s baby. I know. Lah-hoose-sah-her. Guilty.
This is why American Girl makes a killing on matching outfits for girls and their dolls; moms like me.