I was on my way to my workroom this afternoon to get started on the tutorial pictures for a lovely little size one hoodie (which I will get around to so stay tuned), when my husbands bag of clothes for charity caught my eye.
I had a bit of a rummage and found a tracksuit top that I just couldn’t resist doing a conversion on. I also found a few other pieces that will probably feature in future posts (so much for making more space in our appartment).
I had a play around and it turned out really well so I thought I would share. This is a fun and super easy project – the finished product looks much fancier than the sewing involved.
Although this is about a 15 min project if you sew a lot, and around 30 min if you don’t, It turns out that it takes a lot longer than that to explain (or maybe I am just a bit wordy) So I have broken this down into 2 parts. Part one is the tracksuit pants.
Ok, so this is what I started with:
The thing that is make or break on this project is the neckline of the original top. If it is not something similar to this one it will probably work out too big for your little ones head, so choose your top wisely. This was a (generous) medium size.
Other things you will need:
- The pattern. This pattern is a size 1.
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- A piece of elastic the correct length for your little ones waist
- Matching sewing machine thread(or something that will be inconspicuous anyway:) and
- All the other normal stuff – sewing machine, over locker (could do without this but it is much easier with it) scissors pins etc.
OK, so on to sewing. These instructions are written as though you have an overlocker, if you don’t you will just need to sew this with your sewing machine as you would any other stretch fabric.
To make the pants. Turn the pieces inside out and overlock the inner leg seam from the crotch to the ankle as shown in the pic (I left the wristbands of the top intact so I only needed to sew down to where I started cutting). Repeat for both legs.
Then turn one leg in the right way and then slide it into the other leg so that the right sides are together and the crotch seam lines up, as shown in the picture. These pants are the same front to back so you don’t need to worry about which side is the front.
Now overlock the seam all the way around.
Next, turn turn the pants inside out and finish the top raw edge.
Create a casing for the elastic by folding the waist over about 3cm and sewing all the way around, close to the edge. (I do this with a double needle on my sewing machine, it gives a really great finish) Remember to leave a gap to insert your elastic.
Next, thread your elastic through the casing you have created and then sew the ends of the elastic together. Then sew the space in the casing closed.
Now your done – One pair of super cute tracksuit pants that even have room for a cloth nappy if you need it.
Stay tuned for PART 2 of this post – Cutting and sewing the top.