Pattern: Rae’s Basic Baby pant
A tank top of mine
One of my goals for the next year or so is to begin to see patterns as a starting point - to look beyond the illustrations provided and make each garment 'my own', rather than simply sewing them as drawn. These pants are a simple way to start! They're also a starting point for getting a bit more comfortable with knits, which's another of my goals.
As with the previous pair of pants, I used the bottom hem of my top as the hem of the pants, doing away with the need to hem them separately, and added the length of the hem (ie. I lazily lined up the bottom of the pattern piece with the bottom of the T-shirt).
I used some ribbon we'd been given around a present for the Newbie to decorate the bottom of the pants, tying a bow at the side of each leg, and sewing it down before sewing the inside leg seam. I also used a little on the pocket, and the rest for the waist drawstring.
I took a bit of inspiration from the Kinderboy's bathers for the waist of the pants, switching the elastic for a drawstring. I created a break in the centre front seam from a point around 2.5cm from the top to around 4cm from the top of the pants (see blury photo below):
I then stitched around the full waist casing, without leaving a gap for the insertion of elastic. When I'd finished I threaded a ribbon/elastic combination through the waist via the opening I'd created, tying it at the centre front. I used around 30cm of ribbon on each end of a 35cm long piece of elastic. This gives the flexibility of an elastic waist, but will also effectively allow me to let out the waist of the pants as she grows. I stitched through the pants and the elastic at the centre back to stop the drawstring being pulled all the way through the pants (the ribbon/elastic combo is also longer than the waist of the pants, so that the ends of the ribbon won't get lost inside the casing either).
I used an offcut to create a pocket for the back of the pants. No science to it I'm afraid, I just noticed that some of the offcuts looked a bit 'pocket-shaped', trimmed one, gathered top and bottom, then stitched it on (the top of the pocket is the bottom of my original top, meaning that no hemming was required).