Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Comfy Pants Make Happy Kids

The amount of time or effort I put into a sewing project makes no difference in the amount of appreciation I get from my kids. They each have their own idea of what makes something special (a certain print, twirlability, sparkles, etc) but they all love comfy, cozy clothes. Who doesn't, really? I guess that doesn't make my kids unique.

My son is my most tactile child and in his mind cozy and fuzzy are synonymous. He felt a pair of fuzzy pants in a store and badly wanted to take them home with him. They were a terrible fit, so I told him I'd make him some.

Ottobre 4/2013-27

I picked up this ribbed fleece fabric at Fabricland and used Ottobre 4/2013 #27 to make his new favorite thing to wear. The pattern is called "Ultimate Casual Basic Sweatpants." I thought that was pretty perfect. I stripped down the basic pattern even more by leaving off the pockets and bottom leg cuffs.

My daughter needed some more warm clothing as well, so I made the pants again (just adding length) and added the hooded top to match.

Ottobre 4/2013 #26 & #27

The top is #26 from the same issue and I'm a big fan of this pattern. The hood is a good shape and size - it actually covers the head, but isn't huge and droopy when it's not on. The overlapping front edges make for a nice neckline. I bound the front edges with the fleece used for the pants, but did not line the hood as the pattern calls for. The star applique on the arm is a simple, but fun detail.

Ottobre 4/2013 #26 & #27

Not to be left out of the cozy pantsapalooza, I made myself a new pair of black leggings. I like to have a pair of leggings made out of ponte knit fabric so that they're sturdy and opaque and maybe slightly warmer than the super lightweight ones sold everywhere. The pair I made a couple of years ago was badly pilled and looking very worn. This time I purchased a ponte that is a blend of rayon, poly and lycra. Perhaps that will slow the appearance of the pillage? Is there a secret to finding ponte that doesn't pill? If there is one, I'd love to know it!

Burda Leggings 


  1. LOVE your daughter's outfit. My kids like cozy pants too :). Did you self-draft your leggings or use a pattern? I'd like to try a pair.

  2. All super cute and comfy looking outfits :)
    What pattern did you use for the leggings?
    I bought some ponte on line rom Joanne fabrics.
    I'll let you know if it pills..

  3. For my leggings, I used Burda 1/2011 #130. Sadly, I don't see it available for download from the website anymore. The pattern runs long - I'm 5'8" and I had to trim at least three inches from the bottom and I still have a bit of "scrunch" in them at the ankle. I haven't tried any other legging patterns for myself, but I like that this one has shaping along the leg. It does help get a good fit even if there is only one seam (no outseam).