Happy mid-January! To celebrate me finally dragging myself off the heater, out from under a blanket, and to the computer to be just a tiny bit productive, how’s about some super-crazy-adorable little pants on a super-crazy-adorable little girl?!
I adore Jess. She is genuine and funny and just good people. She first told me about her pant-pattern plans back when Ivy was still in diapers. Her idea was for a pant pattern with cloth-diapered babies and toddlers in mind. If you cloth diaper, you know it can be hard to find pants to fit over those fluffy bums. But then, between that conversation and the pattern release, Ivy potty trained. Lucky for us, the Bottoms Up Pants aren’t just great for fluffy bums, they work fantastic on tiny little underweared bums, as well!
See? And also note that I placed my faux welt pocket (included in the pattern) too high. Too bad, because it really is faux welt pocket perfection, otherwise. The pattern gives instructions on pocket placement, but I did my own thing and this is the result. Bah.
However, let’s all sit back and discuss how stinking adorable these bow pockets are! Also, this picture is actually in focus! Hey hey!
The Bottoms Up Pattern has various pocket option, including a really fun fold-over pocket. But the bow pocket option was just too much to pass up. And so easy to make. The pattern itself is unisex, so the different pocket details included make for some fun customizing toward more feminine or masculine.
Whatever pockets you choose, the Bottoms Up Pants are perfect toddler pants. They’re easy to sew, easy to fit no matter what diapering or underwearing choices you and your toddler make, and they are easy to play in.
How this next series of photos played out: I should take some detail shots of the pants inside our warm, dry house, off of Ivy. I should iron them first. Nah, they don’t look that bad. Oh, they kind of do.
The fabric I used is a denim I picked up locally at Nuttal’s . It’s got a tiny check weave to it, which is fun and different. I bought up all they had, I loved it so. There will likely be many more tiny check denim projects to come.
And the inside. So, one of my goals this year is to focus more on my finishing and details in my sewing. I really want my clothing to be as well-made as I can get it, and to look good at any angle. Even wrong-side out. I enclosed the waistband seam in bias tape and I lined the Bottoms Up Pants in flannel. I only had 1/2 yard of flannel on hand, and had to piece the legs in order to get things cut out. I even had to include the selvedge, that’s how close things were! But I really wanted the pants lined so they would be comfortable and warm for Ivy this winter.
Jess has a great tutorial on lining pants, any pants pattern, on her blog HERE. I love how lining pants makes it so you don’t have to make a cuff, leaving the bottom hem smooth. It makes the Bottoms Up Pants look a bit less casual. You could sew a cuff, but I didn’t and I really love the clean look.
You can grab the Bottoms Up Pants HERE, and it’s 25% off now through the 18th of January. No code needed.
To see more Bottoms Up Pants, check out (Marissa of RaeGun Ramblings’ is not to be missed! Just go. Trust me)
Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Jess at If Only They Would Nap
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters
Puppy Umbrella: Kidorable from Amazon (affiliate link)
Sweater: knit by my amazing sister-in-law
Top: Old Navy
Pants: Bottoms Up Pants by If Only Designs, fabric is checked denim from Nuttal’s in SLC, lined with flannel from Jo-Ann Stores
Shoes: Baby Gap