Saturday, 1 June 2013

Kids Undies Pattern by That Darn Kat


I have given myself a little challenge. That is to work my way through all my unused patterns. I will admit that there are more patterns for me than for the children but I am taking it in turns to pattern bust. One for me, one for the little ones.

I started with the Washi dress pattern for me. Then I cheated and slipped another vest top in for me before moving on to this child's underwear pattern.



These undies are so quick to make and they use up scraps of knit fabric - perfect! My daughter has now moved out of her 18 - 24 month clothes and I have little piles of tops, leggings and bodysuits that are still in great condition. I could give them to charity but wanted to try and upcycle them. 

The pattern consists of two pieces plus leg and waist binding strips. The front panel is the smallest piece as it isn't cut on the fold. This made it the easiest option for me to use up smaller clothes sizes.



We will (fingers crossed) be moving on to potty training soon. So while the size 2 looks a bit full on her here, take away the nappy and the fit will be perfect. After all, while potty training, you can NEVER have too many changes of underwear!

 
I experimented a bit with the fabric I used for waist and leg bindings. The pattern says that while you can use any normal jersey fabric for the main panels, the bindings do need a bit of stretch. Lycra content is good here. There is no elastic so in order to have some grip the bindings need to have adequate stretch.

I used grey ribbing with a bit more weight to it for my first pair, stepped down a notch for my second pair and used a thinner ribbing (from the leg cuffs of a sleepsuit), and for the third pair I used an orange fabric from a pair of super stretchy leggings. This last one was my preferred option. The fabric had brilliant stretch and was smooth to touch. The thicker ribbed look would suit boys more than girls in my opinion.

Eldest daughter has requested a pair of 'fancy pants' too. I would be more than happy to sit at my machine churning a few more of these out. They are quick, easy and give you instant gratification. I wasn't sure whether they would look a bit tacky and homemade but I can tell you that the moment the first leg binding went on and I could see what the end result would be, I was in love! My husband is less than enthusiastic about them . He is of the opinion that you shouldn't make your own undies. Some things have to be bought. This got us into a debate about why he thinks sweatshop undies feel more like 'real' clothes than homemade versions. Lets just say we agreed to disagree on the subject! 


9 comments:

  1. These really are sweet little undies - great idea on the upcycling.
    And your argument re sweat shop undies may have just pushed me to finally try these....

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    1. I might just find a pattern and make him some that look exactly like his normal ones, just to prove a point! Not that it would make a blind bit of difference.

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  2. Very cute! My daughter has made some for my grandson.... Now if he just wanted to be out of diapers. ha ha.

    I think it's funny that your husband slightly objects, I've always thought it was something that was great for other people to do but now I'm thinking if I could just find a source for fabrics, I may try to make some of my own.

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    1. Thank you! If only I had a reason to make the little boys versions - they are cute (and clever).

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  3. I kind of baulk at sewing undies too... But these are CUTE! And having just bought the smallest pants I could find for my two year old and finding they were huge I am tempted to her some.
    I wonder if the husband fear comes from thinking we might start sewing our own knickers with thick, grey rib binding. They would be comfy though.... ;)

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    1. Haha! You just made me spit my tea out! That really wouldn't be a sexy look would it?!

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  4. The undies are adorable! Great idea to reuse outgrown clothes.:)

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    1. Thanks Cindy! When the clothes are still baby sized it is harder to find projects to reuse them. This way I get to keep the patterns and fabrics I liked on her for a bit longer.

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  5. I like these a lot! I have had this pattern in my stash for ages too, I always meant to make some for Jack but never got around to it... I am crossing my fingers and toes the twins will talk soon so I can train them! HA!

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