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Making lots of baby pants

I can’t say enough nice things about this Simplicity 2907 pants pattern. It’s unisex, it’s simple to make, pops onto the baby easily with an elastic waist, and its four-part design allows for cutting a variety of styles. And using the same pattern over and over means working faster without cutting corners.

First, though, I used photocopies of the pieces to make the pants a little bit skinnier.

pattern adjustments via photocopier

Took 1/2″ off each side; Mr. Baby is long and lean.

pattern adjustments via photocopier
Then I lined up the fabrics on the dining room table Sunday and traced and traced and traced. Each pair needed about 1/2 yard.


Some of the pants will be four pieces, as written. Some have solid backs but two-piece topstitched fronts. Some I converted into two-piece by lengthening the fronts by about 5 1/2 inches on each side. The wovens will get pockets, the knits and fleeces will not.

Mass cutting followed. Then lots of pinning together. Then stacked according to thread color, which is how I’ll sew them, a color at a time.

These four-piece pants got cut from a UFO denim skirt from a time when I had zero understanding of grain.

pants from UFO denim skirt

Otherwise, why would I have used straight ribbon to finish the waistband? Hence the resulting mess.

pants from UFO denim skirt

Just enough left to get pockets.

pants from UFO denim skirt

We’ll see if these pockets actually work. It was a tight fit in the end.

Eking tiny khakis out of scraps — and rejiggering a pattern to make them fit

pants O khaki s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

This pattern is a hit. And I’ve been pulling all kinds of fabric from the stash for Mr. Baby.

This khaki twill came from a thrift store and made me a skirt muslin years ago.

It’s such nice stuff I had no business making a muslin from it. But I don’t wear khaki so I chopped it up. At any rate, there was not enough left to cut pants straight from the envelope.

With some finagling, though, I turned the scraps into baby pants. Simplicity 2907.

The backs from went from four pieces to two. I lengthened the bottoms of the upper back pieces by about six inches, essentially making shorts into long pants.

pants O khaki s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

The front uppers got cut out according to the directions. I eked out a two-inch piece on the bias for the knees, and then four-inch bottom fronts on grain. The bias cut wasn’t so much for design as just how the pieces fit.

pants O khaki s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Stitched the legs together and carefully topstitched them as directed.

Zigzagged the seams inside. And added a red tag in the back of the waistband.

pants O khaki s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

No pockets this time. I just couldn’t make the pockets work, and didn’t want to mess around with any contrasting fabrics this time. Too classic.

pants O khaki s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

(The orange markings came right out in the wash.)

Baby pants with pockets: A Christmas rehearsal

Mr. Baby was going to wear shorts for Christmas. This was certain. Ideally, they’d have flat fronts.

Flat-front baby pants, though, are hard to come by. So by December, I turned to eBay for this out of print number, Simplicity 2907, thinking these might actually be flat front. Or maybe it’d be easy enough to make the fronts flat using the technique from the above freebie since these pants are made from four pieces instead of two.


I had to try them out. I pulled some red corduroy from the stash that came years ago from the Ravenswood Manor yard sale.

I love them.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

I cut the pattern as directed. When the instructions wanted the tiny pocket edges hemmed, I decided to line them with some cotton scraps so they’d have smoother, cleaner lines.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Lining in general was a smart move. But choosing black and white polka dots for the red pants was perhaps a misstep. Really cute print but shows more than I like.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Carefully topstitched the pockets, the leg seams, the hems.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

My mister wonders if they’re too much for Mr. Baby to pull off? From what I know about this small person, there’s no way. Thinking to put them on him with a white printed shirt and some sweet black hightop Chuck Taylors.

How to… line baby pants with flannel

I bought a bunch of flannel that day on sale at the Jojo, thinking to make mostly bibs. But then the airplane pants got me thinking about more flannel pants and then about lining pants with one of these cutie flannel prints.

I wondered if I cut the same pattern pieces from fabric and flannel, could I sew each pair, and then put them together? Then if we folded the cuffs up, the flannel DJ print would show

But of course, Jojo didn’t cut the fabric straight so I ended up with less than the exact half yard I needed. And I already had cut the khaki fabric the right size from Simplicity 1564.


So I cut the flannel pieces lining the pattern pieces up at the bottom and leaving some length off the waistband. Turned the print upside down so the folded up cuffs would show the print right-side up.

Sewed the khaki pieces together entirely. Sewed the flannel pieces together, leaving a good 3″ opening in the inner leg seams. Sewing the cuffs together made a mess, so I had to pick them out. Sewed the two at the waist instead and pressed open, then lined up the crotches. Pressed the top, folded over the waist to form a casing for the elastic.

See? Here’s what it looks like:


A khaki waistband.

Normal khakis outside. Secret flannel lining inside. Carefully used the inner leg openings to stitch the cuffs together at the bottom, right sides together, then slip stitch the leg openings shut.

pants O khakis DJ flannel lining s5164 size L 18 mos


I didn’t topstitch the cuffs. Figured he’ll wear them first then we’ll see if that’s needed.

Airplane pants!

One of Mr. Baby’s first words was “airplane”. Followed quickly by “up.”

Anytime he heard one, he craned his neck upward: “Up.” And since we live vaguely under the O’Hare flight path, that happened a lot.

So when I saw airplane flannel on sale at the JoJo, I grabbed up a piece for him.


Pretty much fought with the cutting counter lady, who cut just under one yard when you accounted for crooked edges, hence the reason I won’t buy fabric there anymore.

Cut out the pants pattern for wovens, good old Simplicity 1564, in size L / 18 mos. Sewed totally according to the directions.

pants O flannel airplanes simplicity 1564 size L 18mos

Just a single adaptation at the end.

Stuck a snippet of white grosgrain ribbon in the back of the pants in the spot where you sew up the elastic opening.

pants O flannel airplanes simplicity 1564 size L 18mos

Such a nice tip I wish I could remember who to credit. But the point is it makes telling the front of baby pants from the back a snap.

I tried writing the size on the ribbon with a Sharpie but it ran right away.

Maybe I need a fabric marker, or some quilting ink for stamping?


Pants pants pants

Mr. Baby needed some pants so I tried out some baby pants patterns last fall.

Same basic shape – two pieces and an elastic waist. Started with gray stuff from the stash to try them out and finished two wearable muslins. I cut size L / 18 mos for both.

For knits:

s1546 baby outerwear copy

Decently basic gray waffle knit. I think this fabric’s from Gaffney’s.

pants O gray waffle knit s1546 size L 18 mos

Stitched and zig-zag finished on good old Singer Stylist 776.

pants O gray waffle knit s1546 size L 18 mos

In truth, the fabric will make better shorts for summer than pants.

Then for wovens:

S1564 baby separates copy

Using some distressed gray bottomweight cotton also from a pile. I wonder if it was waxed at some point? It emerged from the washing machine with interesting lines and marks on it.

My search for a flat-front baby pants pattern for 12-18 mos turned up zilch. (This freebie’s available once he’s a size 2-3.)

I gave it a try though on this pattern, marking the waist at each side and stitching the elastic casing just across the back part.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos
Top-stitched a fake-o fly because it looks cute.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

In retrospect, should have marked the waist at about 1″ toward the front from the exact side, because now the flat part wraps farther around than it should.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

Also should had placed the pockets more toward the front than right at the exact side point since they’re now skewed toward the back.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

Live and learn. Both are decent everyday pants for Mr. Baby to wear.

And now I know how they fit.

Also love/hate: finishing

The idea of finishing projects so they’re ready to wear or use: love.

The act of the picky work it takes to actually finish them: ugh, despise.

Hemming, clipping threads, binding edges. Takes FORever. SO easy to screw the whole thing up at this point.

I’ll try anything to make finishing go faster and better. So I used machine basting to mark foldlines on the hems of these little pants. Marked a spot on my machine for 1″ or 1.5″ and then basted and basted.


pants tan hem

The hemline folded really evenly over the stitching. And the rest of the hem was an easy tuck under.