Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Mystery of the Baby pants pattern solved!!!!

At last! At last! I have solved the mystery of my unknown baby pants pattern.


I now finally know where to find it again, and it remains one of my favourite free baby pants patterns. So a huge and belated thank you to Suzy, for her pattern and web site . Here is the link to the Mystery baby pants pattern. She has this in other sizes, and several other patterns too, which you can find on her web site.

It's a great pattern. It has a proper crutch seam with the back a different shape from the front, as it should be. So they fit beautifully.

Why has this been a mystery for more than two years? I printed the PDF two years ago, but somehow I lost the hyperlink, and I couldn't remember how I got to it in the first place. Many times I've done Google and Pinterest searches on the kinds of words I thought might have led me to it, but never found it again. I used it to make reversible jersey pants for my granddaughter, Baby I (now Toddler I), adding a little pocket and turn-ups (which allowed room for growth).


I blogged about the pattern here, and linked it to Pinterest,  in the hope that someone might be able to identify it, so that I could acknowledge it. But not a peep!



My little granddaughter (and her Mum) liked these so much, I made an identical pair for her slightly older cousin, Baby A (now Toddler A). Since I only had the PDF in one size, I drew an enlarged version of it, with the legs a good three - four inches longer, and just a smidgen wider around the butt and leg width. You can see from the shape of the pattern below for a one year old plus, how this compared with the pattern shape at the top, for a 3-6 month old baby.


By the way, you can ignore people who tell you to enlarge a pattern by drawing half an inch around the whole thing. A minute's thought will make you realise that that will give you one inch longer legs ( the half inch extra at the top and bottom) but 4 inches extra round the middle (for a pattern with four pieces with half an inch added to both sides of each) - pretty much the reverse of what you need for a growing baby or toddler.

And I used the enlarged pattern again, later, as Baby / Toddler I was going to a pirate wedding and needed some pantaloons. Above, the pattern is laid on a man's shirt sleeve, from which I was going to make the pirate pants. However, I shortened them a bit (to just below knee-length) and elasticated the bottom leg cuffs. I also added a deep waistband with the stripes going the other way, as the shirt sleeves were slightly too short. We liked the look of this.


 

 I duly mentioned the pattern again, at the bottom of my blog on the pirate outfit. But I still had no idea where it came from.


And then, a few weeks back, and by complete chance, I found my Mystery pattern while I was looking for something else altogether! And this time, I saved the link. I sent an email to 'Suzy', though I haven't yet had a reply, so I still don't know if she is aware of my appreciation of her free pattern. If you see this, Suzy, a BIG big thank you. As of early May 2016, her web site is still live and the free patterns available.






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