T-Shirt Pants

Way back in July of last year, I followed directions on the web to make pants from an old T-shirt. This was back when I was making diapers out of old T-shirts I got at the Salvation Army, so I had a whole bag of T-shirts to use up.

The rise was way too short, and the pants didn't cover my butt. But I didn't throw them out, since I found them today while I was straightening up the sewing room.

But I have something now that I didn't have then-- a serger! So I decided to try adding a waistband to see if that would help. There were some sleeves from a long-sleeved T-shirt in the scrap pile, so I cut those open and sewed them together; cuff to cuff and armhole to armhole. Then I folded them in half and sewed them to the top of the pants with the seam made from the armholes to the back.

Et voila, the pants are now wearable:

While they are tight enough I'm not going to wear them out of the house, they're fine for days I stay home doing housework or gardening. If you're going to try this yourself, I only recommend it if you're a size 14 or smaller. Even then, they'll be really tight-- I think an XL T-shirt would make the best pants for a size 8 or 10. You might even get away with using short-sleeves for the waistband if you're a size 6.

Today I found this link to make kids' pants from T-shirts. I may give that a try if W naps long enough-- he does need more play clothes. Well, more like "playing in the dirt" clothes. He does a lot of that when we take him outside, and I hate to mess up his cuter outfits too much since I prefer he look presentable when we take him to the park or wherever. When he's home crawling around in the mulch while I'm working on the garden, I don't care so much how ridiculous his outfits are, since chances are I look even more ridiculous since I don't wear presentable clothes when I'm in the dirt, either.