The Fancy Pants Leggings Blog Tour

Baby Fancy Pants

I have made so many pairs of these leggings that I don’t need to refer to the pattern directions anymore. I was lucky enough to be a tester for the pattern during the design stage, so Roman is all set for Winter with several pairs of pyjamas pants. I tested out all kinds of knits from my stash, stretch knit, baby rib knit, jersey and interlock and they all worked a treat. I love the bum panel! It gives you a chance to use fun fabric and looks really cute sticking up in the air when Roman is digging under the couch for his lost toys.

This pattern is The Fancy Pants Leggings Pattern by my good friend Laura, who blogs at Craftstorming. To kick off the release of her first pattern and the launch of her pattern company, Titchy Threads, the pattern is going on a blog tour! You can follow along the tour to see how people have used the pattern and also win a copy for yourself at each stop along the way.
I wanted to have some fun with the pattern so made up a couple of baby sized pairs. Seeing as Winter is on it’s way here in Melbourne, I wanted to add little feet to the pants which was pretty simple to do.Baby Fancy PantsTo get the shape, I traced the feet from another pair of baby pants I had. I put the stretch of the fabric lengthways on the feet as that seemed a lot more useful that width-wise stretch. The sole piece is 10cm (4″) long and 9cm (3.5″) wide at the widest part.

To add them to the leggings, I sewed the curved edges together, then turned them right sides out and tucked them up into the leg of the finished and un-hemmed pants, which were inside out. The longer part of the foot (the sole) goes to the back of the pants. Once I had pinned them all in place evenly around the edges, I stitched them on. They look super cute and cosy for cold little baby toes!

Fold over cuffs would also work great on these to make optional foot covers. Check out my tutorial here on how to add them to any pair of pants.

Baby Fancy Pants

The other thing I played around with on the pattern is using a woven fabric for the bum panel. The original pattern uses knit fabric, but I really wanted to use this lion print quilting cotton I had. To make sure it would fit well, I cut one size larger for the bum panel (3-6 months) whereas the rest of the pants are cut in the smaller size (0-3 months).

I haven’t had the chance to test them out on an actual baby butt yet, but they look pretty good to me and the baby rib knit I used for the rest of the pants has plenty of stretch to make up for the lack of stretch in the bum panel.

Laura has done an amazing job with this pattern, I can’t believe it’s her first! I found it really easy to follow and quick to put together. The pattern is easy to read, well laid out and the pictures are nice and clear too! She also includes a lot of tips for those who are new to sewing with knits.

** Giveaway Now Closed**

As part of the blog tour, you can win a copy of the pattern. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post to like Titchy Threads on Facebook and tell me all about your favourite pants. Good luck!

Want to follow the pattern tour around the blogosphere? Here’s the full line up:

20th – Abby from Things for Boys
21st – Rachael from Imagine Gnats
22nd – Celina from Petit à Petit and Family
23rd – Jane from Buzzmills
24th – Heather from Feather’s Flight
27th – Stacey from Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy
28th – Gail from Probably Actually
29th – Jenny from The Southern Institute
30th – Ros from Sew Delicious
31st – Carla from Small + Friendly

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  1. says

    These are sweet!! Even if I don’t win, still buying!! My tiny men will look so adorable in these, the feet are a great idea, I’m thinking these will need to be a camping staple!!

  2. says

    I love them with feet, especially in tiny sizes. Great idea to try woven fabric for the panel too. I can’t wait to see them on!

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