A couple of months ago I made a post about sewing cloth training pants. Let me tell you that Audrey absolutely LOVES her training pants! The butterflies and cupcakes PUL is super cute, so she is very eager to wear them. The problem is that I only made a couple of pairs in the small size, so she is not quite big enough to use the rest of them. Two pairs of training pants is definitely not enough to get by, and I really don’t want to spend that much money on disposable diapers. So it’s time to sew some more training pants! For some reason I just love sewing these adorable little pants, and it has become my new obsession!
Even though I liked the Babyville Boutique Totally Trainers pattern, I wanted to try something a little different so that Audrey has a bit of variety, but also so that I could cut down on the cost of the fold-over elastic. I designed a pattern that doesn’t use any fold-over elastic and instead has a rib knit casing into which regular waistband elastic is inserted. The waist band and leg openings are made with cotton rib knit fabric. The outer layer is a blue “minky” fabric with white spots (“minky” is a super soft furry fabric). I chose this fabric because Audrey loves her minky Itti Bitti nappies, and I’m hoping it’s because of the texture. I decided to stick with the cotton diaper flannel for the interior and the 4 layers of the soaker.
It is now 11:30 pm, and I have finally finished designing and sewing my prototype. I’m that pleased with how they turned out that I’m almost tempted to wake the sleeping child to try them out for size! Yes, I realise it was a temporary moment of insanity, but don’t worry, I have wisely decided to wait until morning! I can’t wait to see what she thinks about her new “big girl pants.” (And I’m equally excited to see if they fit!) To be honest, I’m a bit worried about the choice of fabric – is it necessary for the outer layer to be waterproof like PUL? Of course you could make this pattern with PUL fabric as a substitute, but I just love how soft this fabric feels – I can’t stop running my hands over it. If they fit, and if I have time, I’ll see if I can figure out how to share my pattern with my lovely readers.
Alright, I think it’s time I hit the hay. I can vaguely recall the times I used to pull all-nighters when I was in University… but now that I’m a mum staying up past 10pm is a very rare occurrence, and with good reason. I’m a total zombie without my beauty sleep! Does that make me old? Or is it simply the arduous task of bringing up a two-year-old that really makes you need the sleep? I’m gonna go with the latter, and I’ll catch you later.