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« on: March 15, 2018 09:19:59 AM »

When I found out my niece was pregnant, I got a wild hair to design some fabric especially for the baby. We worked at a haunted house together some years back, and my niece's character was an alien, so the fabric turned out to be alien/space-themed. I designed a main fabric and then several colorways of a companion fabric (only one of which I ended up liking at all), and had a swatch collection printed from Spoonflower on the organic cotton knit. I also included a swatch of larger-sized individual motifs to use as patches. Once I was happy with the fabric, I had some fat-quarters printed on the same knit, and I'm working through making a number of pairs of leggings and some little matching T-shirts.

The T-shirts are all from Target's spring 2018 stuff, because the colors were nice.
I used the ToddAh baby legging pattern and tutorial here, in size 18mo, with a few changes: http://toddah.net/little-leggings-tutorial-with-free-pattern/

I used fat-quarters, because they had a sale, and there is VERY little left over after cutting. Plus, they'll turn out to be more of a capri-length, which is good for spring, but also was as long as I could make them.

Changes include: I am pretty much limited to working with a zigzag for stretch fabrics; no overlock, and no fancy stretch-stitches or double-needles. I don't prefer the zigzag for visible stitches, but I don't really have the fabric to spare... it's complicated. But in any case, I decided to do self-fabric or contrasting fabric leg bands, using fabric from the swatch sample, instead of using a zigzagged hem. This also helped me get back some of the length I lost due to the fat-quarters. I did use a zigzag on the waistband, but for the most part that bit doesn't get seen. Also on the waistband, because it made me want to break something, I didn't follow the instructions of folding over and ironing 1/4" and then again the width of the elastic, sewing down and making a casing. Instead, I marked 1/4" on my elastic, sewed it to itself, then sewed 1/4" of the fabric onto the elastic, and folded the elastic over until the edge was hidden, then sewed that down. It worked BEAUTIFULLY. A little ironing did away with the small bit of puckering I got.

And here is the first pair of leggings:


As you can probably tell, and it drives me batty, but I have been assured that normal people will not notice, the swatch fabric was slightly different colors from the fat quarter. Grrrr.

And here you can see the direction I'm going with the "suite":



There will be one pair of the companion fabric leggings and two pair of the alien fabric leggings, only with white fabric cuffs, using blank bits from the swatch collection. I really wanted to do one pair with stretchy lace, but the gal at Joann's looked at me like I was a sex-worker, and that she had a very low opinion of sex-workers, when I asked if they carried any lingerie lace... (They don't have any stretch lace in my entire store?!) I really didn't feel like ordering and waiting for any more bits before this stuff got made. My grandniece is just into the size, and will have a lot of good spring weather coming up for which these will be perfect. So no more putting it off. I have gotten confirmation that they fit perfectly with some room to grow, and I will probably get the other two pair and T-shirt done this afternoon!

ETA: the second and third pair!



And, because the scrap pile from my cotton jersey sheet to dolman sleeved blouse was sitting there looking at me as I was cutting the others, I made a bonus little pair of shorts while I was at it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018 10:03:54 AM »

So cute.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018 12:17:22 PM »

Those are so super cute!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018 08:44:28 PM »

It's so cute! I love that you made your own custom print for your niece's baby. That's very sweet of you!
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2018 09:29:33 AM »

Thanks! Cheesy I'm really happy with how the fabric came out, and my little grand-niece LOVES the purple alien. She's talking in that sort of shorthand way that toddlers have that really only their mothers understand with regularity, but she's been saying "A-een" since she got the first pair of leggings. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2018 08:24:09 PM »

super duper cute! and your story about the lingerie lace had me cracking up Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2018 10:05:45 AM »

Thanks. Smiley I'm pretty used to getting dirty looks, or even just quizzical looks, for my sometimes-unconventional crafting (like, I am making kilt hose, yes they are for a man who wears a kilt,) but I didn't think putting stretch lace on the cuff of baby leggings would be quite as controversial as it seemed to the woman I asked...lol

Meanwhile: updated the first post with the rest of the leggings! I'm so happy with how I got three (plus a bonus) pretry different styles out of one pattern.
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2018 10:22:32 AM »

These are all darling! I would like to make leggings for my daughter, it's all she wants to wear but the ones available for sale are so cheaply made. I can do a better job than that! And I will look for stretch lace, that's a great idea for under skirts and shorts. Thanks for the inspiration Smiley.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2018 10:39:23 AM »

Cheesy This pattern is so simple and versatile. I almost made the gray shorts into a skirt with under shorts thing, but decided my scrap pieces weren't quite big enough. But yeah, I cut and sewed, including all the modifications, three pair in about 2 hours, and even though I don't have a serger, they are all good and sturdy. Definitely better than store bought.
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