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