Chopping up outgrown babygros to make big girl’s pants was a practical solution (good quality printed jersey is very hard to find and usually expensive) and a cathartic farewell to babyhood and nappies. Plus it was a perfect project for this season’s Kid’s Clothes Week Upcycling challenge.
I also got a bit carried away and made matching vest and knickers sets for both girls.
But how thrifty is making knickers out of old clothes? Well the self-drafted pattern and repurposed fabric were free, but the elastic worked out at about 10p a pair. In cost of materials I just about beat Primark/George/Tesco prices but if I factor in a cost for my time: 1 pair of knickers = about 15 minutes, even if I paid myself minimum wage I can’t compete with 7 pairs for £3. This leads me to two questions.
1) Why would I bother making knickers for my children?
2) How can Primark/George/Tesco/etc possibly produce knickers so cheaply?
If like me, you’ve got at least three answers for question 1 and none (or none that you like) for question 2, I’ve drawn up a pattern for the pants/knickers which you can download. The pattern is sized to fit approx 2-3yrs and is for low leg, medium-high rise knickers/pants.
You can download the pattern here: Knicker pattern
After cutting out the pattern pieces I assembled as follows: