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January 2, 2009
Men's Jeans to Toddler Pants Tutorial
Men's jeans or pants
Elastic to fit in waist-band (I about 9 inches of 1/2 inch wide elastic)
Step 1. Create pattern from an existing pair of toddler pants (preferably flat-front pants) - for a great tutorial on this, check out the one here at MADE (a fabulous blog, if you haven't check it out before!).
Step 2. Line up front pattern piece along the fly/centre seam and the waistband of the men's pants, and trace/cut out the pattern piece (but not along the fly/centre seam, making sure you don't cut into the back of the pants!) Cut straight through the pockets, waistband etc.:
Step 3. Flip the pattern piece to the other side of the centre seam, and repeat, so you end up with a single piece for the front of the pants:
Step 7. Cut a length of elastic approximately an inch longer than the width of the front panel, and put a safety pin in one end:
Step 9. Pin the front and back pieces of the pants together for the side seams, and sew, as per the inner leg seam (ie I serged/overlocked, and then machine sewed again). I sewed through all pocket material to create little pockets in my pants.