Sunday, 21 June 2015

How to make gorgeous baby harem pants - an easy tutorial!

After learning to sew literally a couple of months ago, I've started to make all sorts of things for my baby. One thing I have been dying to make was Harem Pants, so last week I sat down with my mother and we came up with a really simple pattern and they turned out so well I've already made two pairs!

As far as pants go, these gorgeous baby Harem Pants are seriously simple!

They are a tad harder than the baby head band tutorial but if you're relatively new to sewing like me, they are certainly still achievable. Plus, they look fantastic! I dressed my koala in a pair last week for Baby Sensory and received so many compliments which made me feel like a star!

What you'll need
- pattern pieces
- a stretch fabric for the pant pieces
- a ribbed fabric for the waist and cuff pieces
- sewing machine, pins, measuring tape, scissors, cotton

How to make it

Step 1. Making the pattern
For your pattern, you'll need an A4 sheet of paper, draw the shape in the picture below using the length and waist measurements from a pair of pants that fit your baby remembering that the pattern piece for the waist band is half the width of the pant waist. You can also make then bigger easily if you want to upsize. I used a size 000 waist and a 00 length for my bub.

Remember when you make the pattern there will also be a waist band at the top and cuffs at the bottom adding to the length.









Step 2. Cutting your pieces

Take your pattern piece and place on the fold of your fabric so that your piece will fold out to be the whole front/back side of the pants, as per the picture. You will need fabric with some stretch to it, remembering to orientate the fabric so the stretch will go the width of the body (meaning it will stretch across the body rather than stretching length-ways). Pin the pattern piece to the fabric making sure you pin both the pattern and the two layers of fabric. Cut of your fabric pieces. You will need to do this twice.







Step 3. Sewing the body of the pants


Now pin your two pieces together right side together and sew down the side seams and the seam at the crotch, leave the seams at the ankles and waist unsewn. Use a zigzag stitch to ensure a strong seam. Turn the pants right-side out.











Step 4. The waist and ankle bands

Using your ribbed fabric, measure the waist and ankles of your pant pattern piece and on an A4 piece of paper cut out a pattern piece using this measurement length-ways and approximately 4-5 inches in height.

Remember the line of the ribbing should be vertical (with the height of the pants) so the fabric stretches across the width.

Place the waist band pattern piece on the fold of the fabric with the fabric stretched out (the will mean the waistband fits snugly when unstretched) so the piece you cut is twice the length of the pattern. Repeat for the ankles. You will need two ankle pieces and one waist piece.




Step 5. Sewing on the waist and ankles

Fold in half and sew the two ends of the wait band together so the waist band is now a loop and the fabric is doubled over. Fold the waist band in half and pin to the pants as per the picture.  You will need to stretch the waist band to fit the pants.

To make this easier, pin close together, it will help stop the fabric un-stretching when you sew. Now sew along the seam. Repeat with the two ankle pieces. Use a large zigzag stitch again to ensure you catch all three layers of the fabric.

Note. Try to sew the waist band to the pants so the seam is at the back. The seam of the ankle bands should be on the inside edge of the ankles to match the seam on the pants.



Step 6. Finishing

Flip out the waist and ankle bands. You should now have a gorgeous pair of paints! Check along your seams, if it looks like you have missed a bit when sewing, simple flip the band back over and sew over the gap.













Now all you need to do is put them on your gorgeous baby!!

I hope you love these as much as I do :)

xo


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10 comments:

  1. Wish I was that talented! Maybe one day I'll give them a go - will bookmark this :D #blogfair

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    1. I'm not actually particularly skilled at all, but I found them not too difficult. Maybe you'll make them one day :)

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  2. Ooh they look super warm and cosy! Bet your little one loved them :-) #IBOT

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    1. they are really warm, very soft and fluffy. Good for the cold weather :)

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  3. They are very cool. Good on you for giving it a go and making them. Can you do adult sizes too?

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    1. I really tempted to upsize them and make me a pair! I'll let you know if I give it a go :)

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  4. I've been wanting to sew more recently and I've thought leggings don't look too tricky, and you certainly make these look achievable. It's a nice feeling seeing your kidlets wear home made items isn't it?

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    1. I love it whens she wears homemade clothes, and noone else has anything the same either :) These really weren't too hard, give them a go!

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  5. Honestly, just fab! Good on you for learning to sew! I think one of the best things about being a Mum is making their clothing. You have reminded me to get started on some dresses for my toddler. Well done and stick with it!

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  6. These look so cute. Great to have something original for your kids. Good on you for learning to sew. Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair.

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