Easy peasy PJ trousers tutorial

Easy peasy PJ trousers tutorial

Here’s a super easy way to make your kiddo some new PJ trousers.

1 get some of their old ones and lay one leg on top of your folded fabric. If they are no too short or small cut some extra width or length. In any case add 1.5/2 cm seam allowance. Whatever you like working with. As long as you remember what you used πŸ˜‰
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2 cut around the leg and fold the crotch back to expose the centre crotch seam and cut around that too. IMG_6387.JPG

3 lay this cut out piece on the next piece of folded fabric. Cut slightly bigger widthways for the back. IMG_6388.JPG
4 lay two leg pieces right sides together, pin, and stitch the outside leg and inside leg. Not the crotchet seam! Repeat for the other leg.

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5 notch the curved seams if you need to (if they are very curved or the fabric just won’t sit nicely if you don’t)

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6 turn one leg inside out.

7 put the trouser legs inside each other, the one you turned the right way around inside the other one. Line up the crotch seam, starting with the centre seam and pin out from there.

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8 stitch the whole crotch seam. Voila you now have some pants!

9 hem the bottoms

10 cut some chunky elastic. I use 2.5/ 1″ wide elastic as it’s nice and comfy. I cut it slightly smaller than my son’s waist circumference.

11 fold over the waist by 1cm and stitch. Fold over by 3cm and stitch again? Leaving a gap at the back for the elastic to be fed through. I like using a triple zigzag stitch at this stage

12 feed the elastic through. Hold the ends of he elastic together and stitch them together securely. Make sure it’s not twisted before you do so!!

13 catch your kiddo and make them wear them so you can take their picture!

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Sewing plans

Sewing plans

I have finally pulled some patterns from my stash that really NEED to be made. Some I’ve had for over a year! I went on some crazy pattern buying sprees last year, some in paper format but many many more in downloadable form, which is kinda worse as I don’t even have them sitting there starting at me, reminding me! I will do a post about my downloaded patterns soon too.

I really want to make this jacket. I’ve actually been waiting to find the perfect fabric (and haven’t yet). Thinking cord, maybe moss green…

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I am also looking for fabric for this. I feel this may be made over and over, having two tall teenage sons who both love shirts!

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And I still want to make this. I don’t think it will look great on me, with my boobs and stuff, but I love the style

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And finally I have been ordered to make many pairs of shorts for the 6 year old. He has shot up so much that all of last year’s shorts now look like hot pants on him, not a good look!

Happy sewing!
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Kids Clothes Week

Kids Clothes Week

20140314-102422.jpgAmazing timing. The same week we had children’s clothes making on the Great British Sewing Bee I’ve seen the next Kids Clothes Week advertised here.

This a wonderful twice yearly online event with lots of pattern designers and bloggers showing off their funky new togs for kiddies.

Of course we don’t quite have the fabric range here in the UK- we struggle to find nice and especially cheap and nice jersey and denim etc so don’t feel disheartened to see people whipping up things that we are unable to reproduce easily.

But really sewing for children is such fun! The garments are small so they are quick to make, they don’t take much fabric so you can splash out a little, and kids just look so god damn cute in stuff you make them! Also no curves to take into account to fitting is pretty easy. 20140314-102447.jpg20140314-103113.jpg
Got the bug? Don’t know where to start? I’m running a class on Wednesday 19th March which will teach you to make some cute elasticised pull up pants. Great for PJs and dressing up costumes but made in cord or linen they are also great for daytime wear. Bring a meter of fab if and I will supply the elastic, the knowledge, the machine, and the tea.

In the meantime I counted my patterns for little dresses (now remember I have three sons!) and came up with 8!!! So I’m doing a sewing week challenge making up one of each pattern. Join me?

Booking here

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Sewing cool clothes for boys

Sewing cool clothes for boys

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I have three boys but only one still young enough to like me making clothes for him, he is six and called Max and has great style!

It’s been really hard in the past to find cool clothes for boys. Luckily I’m not the only person who likes sewing kids clothes and wants to include sons in this. In fact there’s great funky pattern designers who make amazing stuff for boys and there’s even the Celebrate the boycampaign!! There’s a sweet looking book called sewing for boys, I don’t have it so cannot comment on how well it works or even if the patterns are cute but check it out if you see it in a bookshop. There’s several sew-alongs from the book on it’s website Sewing for boys

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One of the funky pattern companies is Blank Slate Patterns We’ve made their cool BBC vest (a waistcoat), various pairs of W trousers and now this week I finished the Berkshire Blazer. I had actually cut this out before Christmas but life sorta overtook things a bit. It didn’t in the end take long at all to sew although the combo of chunky top stitch thread and heavy weight cotton canvas fabric meant my machine would not make some of the stitches no matter what I tried πŸ™

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Here’s some pics. I cannot get this boy to pose at all! Hope you appreciate the filthy patchwork that are our pavements here in East london!

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And here’s a pic of Max in full fancy dress (note the army outfit, trilby hat and tie) on the Tube just so you know how stylish he is πŸ˜‰

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