Kids Clothes Week – Day 4, 5 and 6

It’s Kids Clothes Week at  Elsie Marley. The challenge is to spend an hour a day for the week making clothes for your kids. Here’s my Day 3 update. You can find Day 1 and 2 here, and Day 3 here.

Along came Day 4 of the challenge, and I decided simplicity was in order – plain, boring navy blue tracksuit pants. Every boy needs a couple of pairs of tracksuit pants to get them through winter, and what an easy thing to make. I bought the fleece from my local fabric shop, made a pattern from another pair of pants and here’s the end result:

I cut the pieces on a fold, so there are no side seams, resulting in it being super-quick to make the pants with my serger/overlocker (except for the seam that I sewed with wrong sides together, instead of right sides – out came the seam ripper again. I was wrong – I do make the same mistakes twice!).

Day 5 was spent hemming. I double-hemmed those tracksuit pants. I deliberately made them way too long, so that when my little man’s legs’ grow, I’ll just unpick the hem, and there will be a finished-off hem underneath. As this made the pants pretty bulky at the bottom, I blind-hemmed the second hem by hand. I did the same with the Green-striped pants from Day 3 (and got lazy and decided not to add a cuff at the bottom). No seam ripping today – woo hoo!

For Day 6 (wasn’t sure if this was a 5-day or 7-day challenge, but I had more to do, so why not keep going!), I made a fancier pair of tracksuit pants, this time in dark green fleece with a white panel down the sides – all I did was cut the main pieces about an inch narrower, and added a rectangle of white fleece. Still really quick and easy to make!

I decided they needed a little bit more embellishment, so I cut a star from the white fleece (using the star from our Tupperware Shape Sorter), and used fusible webbing to stick it on the back:

I’m really happy with all the outfits so far. I’ll try to get some photos of my little man modelling the clothes tomorrow. Not sure if I’ll keep going with Day 7 – wait and see how I feel in the morning!

Thanks for creating this themed week Elsie Marley. I’ve really enjoyed the week and seeing all my creations!


  1. *sigh* I wish I could make clothes. They look good! I sew but clothes are my nemesis! Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest, have a great weekend!

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