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I am so thankful I know how to sew.  My youngest daughter is so small in the waist that I can hardly ever find anything in the store to fit her.  And since I know it has to be comfortable and soft, the only way to get her to wear stuff I make is to use knits.

Slowly but surely knits and my serger are becoming my BFFs.  I love how quick it can be.
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I used Lil Blue Boo’s Perfect Short Pattern as a starting point and made them into yoga pants.  I slimmed down the pattern and just measured Emily’s inseam measurement to make them into pants. I also inserted elastic into the waistband casing just to make sure they stay up.  I really thought that helped, especially with the knits I wasn’t sure about how their stretch recovery might be. 
3 pairs down, now she has enough clean pairs of pants that she will actually wear and actually fit.  Yay!
I also quickly tested out the size of the shorts pattern for Natalie and made her some shorts out of some knit scraps.  She claims to not like them, but I’ll let her pick out the fabric next time, hopefully that’ll do the trick.  

33 Responses to yoga pants

  1. nest full of eggs 04.27.2012 at 9:57 am #

    those pants are so sweet & look soooo comfortable !

  2. Amy Friend 04.27.2012 at 10:15 am #

    Awesome job. I need a serger!

  3. amy 04.27.2012 at 10:32 am #

    Wow, those are so super cute!!! I want some for me! :)

  4. Cindy's Custom Creations 04.27.2012 at 10:55 am #

    I have the same problem with my girls- long legs, skinny waist. I’m taking a look at that pattern- looks like a good alternative for us.

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  5. Vanessa 04.27.2012 at 11:11 am #

    I’d forgotten about that pattern! I need to get it…Syd is the same way…tiny waist and all legs. She’s been sporting either short shorts or shorts that are way too loose in the waist. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Georgine 04.27.2012 at 11:50 am #

    I love the knits you chose. May ask where you bought them? I am having knit issues. Can’t find nice ones locally, can’t feel the knits online. Thanks!

  7. Carolyn 04.27.2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Oooh, those look so cute and comfy!

  8. Beth 04.27.2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Those are so cute. My daughter has the same issue with finding proportional pants – I’ll have to try those.

  9. Emily 04.27.2012 at 1:42 pm #

    These are darling! Love the tip about inserting elastic in the waistband. My daughter actually has the opposite problem- her belly is proportionally bigger than her legs are long. :)

  10. Katy Cameron 04.27.2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Those look super comfy, I think I might need some!

  11. Belinda 04.27.2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Elastic in the waistband is genius esp if you’re using a 100% cotton interlock – that stuff stretches like crazy!

  12. Jeni 04.27.2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Eeek, those look so darn cute! I love the fun fabrics on the waistbands :)

  13. Chrissy Jordan 04.27.2012 at 5:55 pm #

    OMGoodness! Too stinking cute! I wish I had a girl… I mean, my dudes would totally wear these, but it’s just not the same! 😛

  14. Dahlia 04.27.2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I’d want to live in those pants – they look super comfy! and I’m slightly jealous that you’ve got super green grass…


  15. Teegan 04.27.2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Thanks for this post! I have a tall skinny 2 year old and it is impossible to buy pants that fit. I have been looking for something to inspire my sewing mojo to return and this may be it!

  16. kristin 04.28.2012 at 1:35 am #

    Yep, that’s exactly why I started sewing for Em (well that and I thought it was ridiculous to pay $20 for a tiny cotton skirt). What comfy cozy pants! Good idea to put elastic in the waist, too.

  17. Tamiko 04.28.2012 at 2:21 am #

    Those are all so cute! I totally want the chevron shorts!

  18. nadelundgabel 04.28.2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Those pants look really cute,…and comfy!

  19. V and Co. 04.28.2012 at 9:22 pm #

    katie would like some. 😉

  20. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 04.30.2012 at 9:01 pm #

    So cute, Anna. My girls live in knits. I should really try making some of these.

  21. Kari 05.06.2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Love these! My boys would love some knit pants too. On the list now.

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