So I was googling tutorials for big baby butt pants (for Eli’s cloth diaper bum) and stumbled upon these adorable pants over at made-by-rae.com and LOVED them:
However I didn’t really feel like paying $10 to buy the pattern :/ I thought I’d just try making a pair of pants and enlarging the bum area. Then I checked out her other free tutorials and found a basic newborn pant and she commented that the bum area is very roomy even for a cloth diapered newborn. So I printed that puppy out and just added a couple inches to the height and length and voila! Eli’s shark outfit was born!
He’s even wearing his cloth diaper here
Then taking this very basic pattern, I used Jessica’s jean design over at Running with Scissors to copy the sewing lines that make jeans look like jeans. Her tutorial, although very well done and thorough, looked too complicated for me. She lost me at the faux fly . Anyways, for Eli’s jean I made the super simple newborn pant and added the pockets to the back, but then everything else is just stitching. So there aren’t really any front pockets or fly, just good ol’ stretchy goodness. I got this super soft stretchy jean-looking material in the clearance bin at Joanne’s and still have enough to make at least 3 more pairs so I made these “jeans” for dirt cheap. Bonus!
Here a couple pics of the stitching and stuff:
Stitching detail. I busted it out my double needle for the first time
And now for the pics of my little stud in them:
Cloth diaper on and everything.
Work it, work it.
Daddy wasn’t home to help with the photo shoot, so momma had to be the camera-woman, clown, and supporter.
So what do you think?