OK, so this ain't no craft fair or anything, but just humor me on this one, because I am so proud of my ingenuity which is probably not at all ingenious and no doubt detailed in similar form in at least 100 different sewing blogs, all probably featuring the word "upcycling." I'm talking the talk you guys!
I think we've probably established that Thing 3 has no pants. First of all, she's going to be born in July, and second of all, the clothes we got for her were on sale after Christmas, when we thought she was going to be a boy. I have been on this sewing kick lately (YOU THINK?) and have thus been trying to make her little things here and there, but one night when I was lying in bed awake (because that's apparently what I do now in glorious third trimester fashion) I had an idea that was beautiful both in its economy of time and money. I could turn my old T-shirts into baby pants.
See, because I have a lot of old T-shirts that look like this. Especially in the winter, I wear a long-sleeved shirt to work under my scrubs, and despite the fact that I have quite a few colors in my rotation (I prefer getting long-sleeved kids T-shirts from Target in a large size because they're cheaper, come in a lot of colors, and because they're for kids have slightly shorter sleeves than adult long-sleeved tees, which seems somewhat more hygienic for work), after a year or two of weekly wear they get a little icky. Note the lovely underarm deodorant patina--I almost didn't post the picture because I thought it would be unseemly, but look, this is real life, and it's not like I'm running for president or anything like that. Anyway, they're nice T-shirts, soft and comfortable, but you have to retire them at some point, right? Purple T-shirt, your time has come.
It is a factory-made T-shirt, though, so as such is has a nice factory finish, with machined hems and whatnot. Hems are a pain in my ass. So it occurred to me during one of my many insomniac nights, I could not only repurpose the fabric of the T-shirt itself, but I could preserve the hem at the bottom and save myself some work. Less work means more time for tomfoolery!
So see, I sliced off the bottom of the shirt just under the fossilized armpits (some deodorant sludge still remained but fear not, they will be excised in the next step), leaving basically a tube of fabric.
I folded the tube width-wise (keeping the hem on the bottom even--it's on the right side of the picture) so that I basically had four layers of fabric with an axis of symmetry down the long way (oriented parallel to the top of the screen)...
And then using a folded in half pair of 3-6 month baby pants that we do have as a guide (they are baby blue, of course), I cut out two symmetrical pieces of pants from the T-shirt fabric. The sides that I cut off were where the side seams of the old T-shirt were--I figured the fewer the seams, the more comfortable--and I allowed a little extra fabric up top for the hem and elastic casing.
I'm not really good at this kind of thing, nor do I need to re-invent the wheel, but the way I sewed the pants together after this point was based on this tutorial--it's for leggings instead of pants, but the concept is the same--I just like a wider leg because I figure it will fit better for longer. As for the results, I'll let you judge for yourself. The pants on the left were the store-bought pair that I used as a model, and the purple ones on the right were the ones I made.
Even for a novice like me who was kind of flying by the seat of her (ho ho) pants, it was actually pretty easy, and didn't take that long, so then I went ahead and hacked up another old T-shirt (this one wasn't stained but it was always overlarge and unflattering so I never wore it) and made these. Like I said, this T-shirt was slightly bigger, so I was able to make the pants a little bit bigger too, for room to grow.
And then that went pretty well, and was pretty easy, so then I made these, out of another unflattering T-shirt (teal makes me look like the undead, and an overdeep scoop neck is not a good look for the flat-chested--that shirt had a more narrow cut, so with less fabric I made these more leggings-like than the other two). Why do I have so many clothes in my closet that don't look good on me? These are the mysteries of the ages. At least they're proving their usefulness now.
I think you can see where I'm going with this.
SOMEONE HELP ME I'M TRAPPED IN A PANTS MAKING VORTEX.
The good (bad?) thing is that we actually live right near (I mean right near--we could walk to it if anyone in Atlanta ever walked anywhere) a consignment store, where you can get a whole mess of pretty decent soft T-shirts in all kinds of colors for, like, a dollar. Jersey knit fabric bought by the yard at the fabric store is kind of boring, not to mention expensive, but for little baby sewing projects, you don't need a whole lot of fabric. So in order that I don't slice up all the rest of my clothing, I also have a reserve stash of thrifted cotton T-shirts for future projects. Don't worry, I'll make something other than pants at some point. But oh, I do love those stripes.
HELP SEND LITHIUM.