Ginger Baby Patterns | Tween Pattern Spotlight

Ginger Baby Patterns | Tween Pattern Spotlight

It’s time for a fabulous tween pattern spotlight! Today I’m showcasing the new design from Ginger Baby Patterns; the Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts.

Tween Pattern Spotlight | Ginger Baby Patterns

I sewed these up for Julian in size 12. He’s about a size 10, but he’s in the middle of yet another growth spurt…

Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants | tween PDF pattern spotlight

I taught myself to sew with knits last summer. My Tween Sewing Survival Guide includes a list of sewing techniques one must know in order to sew for tweens. This was at the top of my list, and I’m so glad I’m comfortable making leggings and tees now. Seems like basic knit garments get more wear than anything else I make!

Here are some screenshots from the pattern.

Learn how to sew with knits with Ginger Baby Patterns

Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts are so perfect to learn to sew knits. It’s a very thoughtfully put together pdf. Everything you need is here, including a stretch guide to help you choose fabric that will give you the best fit.

PDF Pattern showcase | Ginger Baby Patterns

There’s a huge size range; from 3 months to 12. I love that every single kid in my family can wear these pants. It even tells you which pages to print for each size; so there’s less mess.

Stitch selections for knit fabric | Ginger Baby Patterns

These are very in depth directions with lots of photos. This was my first time using Ginger Baby Patterns; and I’m impressed:)

Stretch Stitch sample from Ginger Baby patterns

Playing around with your machines settings is a great step to conquering knits. Use your scrap pieces to change the stitches and thread color, and you’ll figure out what looks best with your fabric.

Ginger Baby Patterns | Every Day Knit Pants & Shorts

I made Julian’s pants in classic gray sweatshirt knit, without top stitching on the cuff. I find that it’s easier to work with midweight knits rather than the super thin light weight jersey. I wouldn’t have been so scared of knits if I had started with the easier stuff!

Waistband for knit sweatpants

The waistband is made in a way that will not flip or bunch up. That’s really nice, because Julian’s clothes need to survive many, many washings. He’s a freakin’ dirt magnet.

Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts pattern from Ginger Baby Patterns

I’m recommending this pattern to anyone who wants to learn to sew with knits. Or anyone who wants a nice easy basic that sews up in about an hour!

The next thing on my “conquer” list is a zip fly. I think I’ll try the Classic Chinos from Peekaboo Patterns. Do you have any tips or suggestions for me?

Tween Pattern Spotlight | Basic Knit Pants

Check out Ginger Baby Patterns to see more awesome designs! I’m adding this one to the Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist.



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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Amy of while wearing heels

    Finally Julian gets some sewing love! These look great. I loved your tips about playing with different stitches and settings on your machine with the scrap fabrics to figure out what looks best. Great tip.
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  2. Jess

    I love seeing these on a ‘big boy’; I tested these too but for my little one :) Thanks for linking up with Embellish is for BOYS!

  3. Kelley

    “sews up in about an hour” ha! You havent seen me sew friends. Takes me an hour to build up the courage to sew. Takes me another hour to thread the machine. Takes me a few minutes to grab a drink.. then I can think about sewing. ;) Super cute pants though!
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  4. Mel

    I’m making these, I think you’ve convinced me to try and I’m going to use the easy stuff first.
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  5. Gina

    knits are so comfortable ! my girls wear leggings all winter and knit shorts under their dresses. i really need to jump in and start sewing with knits. these pants look great on Julian!!! thanks for the review…i know where to go when i start to sew knits!!!!
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  6. Sally

    Yeah for boy stuff! Looks like a great pattern…thanks for linking up!
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