The night before we left for Chicago, we learned that the weather would be much cooler there than what we were experiencing in Portland. Oh cuss word. I had not a single pair of warm pants that fit my child and felt too pressed for time to run to the store. What to do? Sew pants. Stat.
This heinous sweatshirt which was slated for the Goodwill, was chopped up and quickly sewn into sweatpants. After the backpack, this was laughably easy.
Running around Chicagoland in awesome new sweatpants.
I was so stoked with the speedy results, that I re-purposed another sweatshirt…
and then a striped sweater…
Super fast, super easy, super eco-friendly. I used Carla’s quick tutorial for the how-to and was so thankful for the easy-to-follow photos and instructions. Here are two tips:
- If you don’t have an existing pair of well-fitting pants (like I didn’t), make sure to account for extra room where needed. For example: if your child is long and needs extra length, move the existing pants up the sweatshirt sleeve by an inch or two before cutting. This is totally obvious of course, yet I have to mention it considering I learned it the hard way.
- Edgestitch the top of the waistband to help keep the elastic from rolling and twisting if you don’t have any “no-roll” elastic in your stash.
PS – are you participating in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge next week? If you are, then I bet you’ve been stoked by all the sewing posts as of late, and if you are not, well, please be forewarned that you might have to endure yet another week of sewing-related posts…that is, if I get my act together. I seem to be very ambitious, but very, very exhausted these days. I’ll be back to the more varied jibber jabber later this month.