Um, so yeah. This could possibly be the cutest thing that has ever happened on The Alison Show. Or on the planet. Ever. I can’t even handle it. Or this!
I decided Mr. Rad needed some tiny pants that ACTUALLY fit him. For some reason you can find newborn and 0-3 month onesies that fit a tiny man, but you cannot find pants that fit! Or at least I couldn’t. So I used some material I had on hand, drew myself a little pattern, and whipped these suckers up. They were so easy I thought I’d share the pattern with you!
The teal material is one I made a while ago. I printed that pattern on there using my Gocco screen printer. I had just a few scraps left, so this was a fun way to use it! The black onesie is one I dyed, I didn’t get the dye as even as I would have liked, but, meh, he still looks adorable in it!
Read on for the full tutorial!
This pattern is size 0-3 months, but you could easily size it up by comparing it to some leggings you have for your child, and adding the needed length or width. Just keep in mind that you add length with the waist and ankle bands as well. And you will want to make the ankle and waist bands bigger. Again, use your child’s clothes for a good size estimate.
TINY HAREM PANTS SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut two pant pieces on the fold of some knit fabric. You could use an old skirt or t-shirt that has stretch. Read more about appropriate materials under the section that says, “Let’s talk about fabric” on my tiny t tutorial, found here.
For the waist and ankle bands you will need some ribbing. If your fabric is super stretchy, you could use the same fabric you’re using for your pants. But ribbing is especially stretchy. You find this at the fabric store, just ask one of the nice ladies. It’s not super cheap, but you only need to buy 1/8 yard and it will last you for a while! If you’re confused about what this is think of the bottom of a sweatshirt…that super stretchy fabric. That’s ribbing. As you can see I started the teal pants with some white knit fabric, but it wasn’t stretchy enough so I had to change to the gray ribbing. If your fabric isn’t REALLY stretchy the pants won’t go over your babe’s bum!
Knit fabric is always stretchier in one direction. When cutting the pant legs and the bands, make sure the stretchiest direction is placed so it will go the width of the body. So, in other words, make sure the fabric is stretchiest around the bum and the waist and the ankles. Catch my drift?
2. Place the two pant pieces RIGHT sides together and sew the two sides and the crotch. Turn the pants right side out.
3. For the waist band I cut a piece of ribbing 11″ (11 inches with the stretch) long and 4″ wide. Then you fold it in half.
For the ankle bands I cut two pieces that were 4×4 inches. Then you fold it them half.
That’s a picture of the waist band folded in half as you would place it on the pants.
4. Unfold the band and then fold it RIGHT sides together the other way, and sew a seam.
5. Now fold the band half (the same way you did the first time) and the seam you just sewed will be sandwiched in the band, and it should be a stretchy little circle.
6. Use pins to section off the top of the pants into 4 sections and the bottom (the side that DOES NOT have the fold) of the waistband into 4 sections. I like the use the seam on the waist band to indicate the back center. Slide the waistband on around the top of the pants and pin in place as shown.
7. Using a large zig-zag stitch sew the band to the pants. Make sure you are catching all three layers of fabric (the two on the waist band and the one of the pants). The band is shorter than the pants, so pull the waistband as you sew, stretching it to match the length of the top of the pants. Picture 7 is what the top will look like when you are done sewing.
8. Flip up the waist band. You’re done with that! Now repeat this process for the ankles.
If you are confused about how to attach the ribbing, my tiny t tutorial shows even more pictures of the same process, but I promise it will make sense as you do it!
I love how Rad looks like a little wrestler in them without his shirt on. I DIE.
I can’t wait to see what you make! These would also whip up as great baby gifts. I have like 4 more pairs I want to make!