Saturday, March 3, 2012

Snuggly Quick Change Trousers

My new little nephew Arlo was just born this past month, and we completely adore him already.  Naturally, I decided that the best way to demonstrate my affection was by sewing.  I already made a spotty dinosaur to play with, but I wanted to sew some cute little baby clothes, too.  Inspired by SouleMama's post about Anna Maria Horner's Quick Change Trousers (from Handmade Beginnings), I made a tiny pair for Arlo.  Because he is a rather large baby, I decided to make the 3-6 month size.  As I sewed, I couldn't help but think he would be too big for them - they look so small!  It's amazing how difficult it is to gauge the size of a tiny new baby when you're used to sewing for big kids!  My Joanna is getting ready for sixth grade, braces, and band instruments, so it's difficult to accurately remember those tiny baby sizes.  Josh, my baby, is in Kindergarten already!

Luckily, the cuffs can be rolled up or down to accommodate this growing little guy.  The pants are reversible - one side features puppy-print fabric by Tammis Keefe and the other side is a repurposed men's flannel shirt.  I'm hoping that the flannel feels super soft against his sensitive baby skin.  The Tammis Keefe fabric was leftover from Josh's second pair of Treasure Pocket Pants.  Josh is pretty excited that he and Arlo will have matching trousers!  I'm sure Arlo will grow out of these fairly quickly, but no matter.  I can't wait to make a bigger pair - the pattern is so cute!

I really love the back yoke on this pattern.  In Handmade Beginnings, Anna Maria Horner uses three different fabrics, but I just used the yoke to repeat the fabric that is on the reverse.  The contrast fabric on the baby's bum is super cute!

Unfortunately, my little nephew lives two states away and I haven't met him yet!  I did, however, mail these pants to him.  They're too big for now (don't they look big folded up next to him?), but he'll grow into them soon, I'm sure!

Also, in case you were wondering, he is laying on a Snail quilt that I made for him from Boo Davis's 'Dare to Be Square'.  And the polka dot dinosaur is this one.


  1. Hi, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to attach the back yoke to the pants. I know I'm missing something but can't figure out what. Can you help?

    1. I'll certainly try to help - what step are you on? You can email me at and I'll see if I can help.