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Now they’ve been worn!

Last year I sewed a couple pairs of pants from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings. I finally had a chance to put them on baby!

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Baby is wearing 6-12 month clothing right now. These pants are size 6-9 months. Yes, these pants are baggy and long. I love the length. Perfect for rolling the cuff. I'd make the elastic smaller in the waistband next time. I followed the guidelines but didn't have a baby model.

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When my husband saw him in the pants he said, "Those are some funky pants little man. I bet your mom made those." Um, yes I did. 

Like I said in my original post, these fit my daughter when she was wearing 18-24 month clothes. I was curious, so I put them on her again. She now wears size 2T and is 34.5" tall (for your reference).

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As you can see, these pants are big. This size isn't long enough for a 2 year old, but if they are rolled up they are so adorable.

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Now I'm thinking I need to make a bunch of these for Spring!! Clothes that fit my 2 year old and my 4 month old? And they're reversible? A laundry miracle?

Overall pattern rating?

4 stars

(I'd give it a 5 star rating if the sizing was better)


  1. says

    I love those pants! I’ve got a couple of pairs in the pipeline for baby number two, expected some time soon. And how fab would it be if they also fit toddler 1?!

  2. says

    I agree with the elastic, but it is nice to have a pant pattern that I don’t need to adjust for cloth diapers. My husband said about the same thing when he first saw the pair I made. They are a fabulous pattern to sew with though. Easy and good instructions.

  3. says

    I made the diaper bag from that book and have been very pleased with it for the past 6 months!
    I love you’re ‘laundry miracle’. Mine happens to be trapeze dress/swing tops for my 5 and 2 year old. I have made several that fit them both, I’ve also done quite a few nightgown in the same styling. They share a room and it simplifies getting everyone dressed when they can share some of the clothes. Added Bonus – dresses are simple, just wash and hang!

  4. Renee says

    After seeing these posts of the Laundry Miracle Pants I went out and bought the book. I haven’t sewn since 8th grade home economics class! I started lastnight and I’m making a pair out of a couple of my son’s old receiving blankets. So far they are adorable! The flannel might be a bit too warm for the two layers (being reversible) but living in Canada you never know how cold it’s going to be come winter! Super easy pattern (3 pieces!) and fairly easy instructions!

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