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Halloween Pants and Shirt

I LOVE Halloween and when I saw this fabric at The Ribbon Retreat
I knew I had to do something with it.

EEK Monsters

I meant for this to be done about a month ago, but I kept having problems with it and it got put on the back burner.

I decided to make some pajama pants and pair them with a shirt. I found a free pattern that I had to print out on one of the blogs.

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Sadly, the pants did NOT turn out. It was a bummer to have this cute fabric go to waste, but I must say as a beginner, I did give myself a break. I don’t know if I’ve ever giggled over a project I’ve done as much as I did today. Seeing my son in these pants was so funny.

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}He didn’t think it was too funny, though. 🙂

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The shirt turned out pretty okay. I admit that when I knew the pants were going to be too small, and it took me FOUR attempts to finish the shirt, I kind of lost motivation for perfection. I don’t know where my brain is, but these little/big mistakes are taking their toll. 🙂

By the end of the “photo shoot” and lots of “bopping” (jumping), the pants were no more.

Halloween Pants and Shirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I learned my lesson! First, I am horrible at getting patterns off the internet. Printing and taping together a pattern is hard. Maybe it was just the pattern that I used. The place I got it from was not a heavily visited blog, so who knows what the quality of the tutorial was. Second, actually measuring to confirm size is a good idea. Instead of just printing off a free tutorial on the internet, I wish I had searched www.youcanmakethis.com.

There are so many cute things on this website. I found a pattern for Easy-Fit Pants and there was a lot of reviews that supported how awesome the pattern is, even if it is a downloadable PDF.

So this project was kind of a bust, but it was still worth it. I learned a lot! I have a couple more projects to finish before the end of the month, so hopefully my luck gets better and I can finish them on the first try. 🙂 I hope you are all enjoying your fall crafts!

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7 Comments

  1. Lanae
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    This is great! I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of your little boy with his “not happy” face!!

  2. Posted October 24, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    SO CUTE!! That is adorable!!
    I have never tried making pants before, but when I do I’m probably going to try something like this:
    http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/10/re-pursposing-girls-pants.html
    Ashley at Make It and Love It uses a pair of pants that already fits to make her own pattern.

    • Shirley
      Posted October 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

      That is a great link Alaina! I hope I can do it. Ashley has this amazing gift at making her own patterns out of things and making it look so easy! I’ll try it out and hopefully it is just as easy as it looks! 🙂

  3. Posted October 24, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Your son is adorable. I love the fabric, and I know how you must feel. Was this your first attempt at making pants?
    I always measure the inseam of the child- from the crotch to right below the ankle so I can get the length pretty accurate. I normally cut my pants a little too long if I have enough fabric, and then I know they won’t be too short.
    A simple pattern for young toddlers is Britches and Bloomers. You can use it for girls and boys. It has plenty of fullness to allow for diapers, and it’a s one piece pattern.
    Oh, if he had some little boots, you couldn’t tell how short they are, and they are still fine to play in. I’m a Mimi, and I don’t like to waste anything. LOL
    Love the shirt too!

    • Shirley
      Posted October 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the suggestions Shirley! I don’t think I’ll let the fabric go to waste, but they are ripped beyond repair for pants. 🙂 I’ll have to check out that pattern you mentioned. Thanks again!

  4. Posted October 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    You are welcome. I hope it helps.

  5. Birgit Hevesy
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Great job!

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