Coming soon…

I’m not sure I even know how many baby pants samples I’ve cranked out in the last couple weeks.  Spurred on by recent (and not-so-recent) comments asking for a pattern, I’ve been gettin’ busy.  And for those just joining, these pants are designed for cloth diaper babies, but they also work just fine for disposable-diapered babes.  So far I’ve made sizes for 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months, but I’m hoping to add 3 months and 2T by the end of the week.  For someone like me who has no training whatsoever in clothing design, grading, or computer graphics this has been a real exercise in patience.  Taking every pair of pants my kids ever wore and measuring rise, inseam, hip, waist, blah blah blah. Anyway, I’m hoping the time spent on all this will pay off with truly good-fitting baby pants.  Here’s a preview for your enjoyment.

with the linen band at the bottom:

with ruffles:

as shorts:

with pockets:

with contrast rear panel:

and a few more action shots:

61 thoughts on “Coming soon…

  1. This will work–carry on!! I love the squid fabric!! So adorable and unexpected on a baby. (My babies are all big now, but seeing these makes me rethink.) 🙂

    Thanks for all your hard work.

  2. super cute! i wish i would have found you when my kids were in diapers. i used cloth on all 3 of them – now 10, 6, and nearly 3. i always had such a hard time finding pants to fit over their 'big butts'!!!

  3. The process may have be frustrating but look at all the stuff you've learned!! HOLY COW!

    And the pants are awesome, too. 🙂

  4. so cute! I'm looking forward to the pattern and trying it out for my little girl (she's only 6 wks: we've got time!) awesome work!

  5. Love it! And I can't wait. I avoid pants all together–it's either longies or shorties with a dress, or overalls–they're all that fit! Thanks for figuring it out for those of us who can't.

  6. My baby is 9 months I look forward to all your clothes and any patterns Love Love Love it!


  7. Thank you thank you thank! My twins and I would be glad to sew up some 12 monthish samples for you! (maybe 9 month since the diapers always scew the size)

  8. so cute rae! I can't wait for this pattern. You just can't go wrong with a versatile pants pattern. Thanks for putting in the work for it!!

  9. the pants are great; wonderful fabric choices! and, i LOVE the contrast bum version. can't wait to use the pattern; my youngest is 2 and growing like a weed, so we may miss out on the pattern working for us, but i always love sewing for friends!

  10. Adorable and perfect for summer! I'm looking forward to trying out the pattern! Thanks so much!

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  12. I applaud your tenacity. I actually made a few pants from fleece for my dear little cloth diapered toddler last winter. What you are describing was too much to do at the time. Hang in there. C looks adorable.

  13. I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to do all that. Our first is due August 27th and since we intend to cloth diaper I am really looking forward to the pattern!

  14. I love those ruffly, vinatge-sheety pants! Great fabric and I love that they have a panel on the bottom – more likely to accommodate those cloth diaper bottoms!

  15. I'll admit it, I'm one of those who have been excited to see the results of your hard work! As a mom looking into cloth diapering, do you have a favorite brand?

  16. Oh I am SO excited! I am having such a hard time with pants that fit by cloth diaper-wearing baby! They seem to always fall down! These pants are just too ridiculously cute!

  17. LOVE those pants! Toddler pants are so fun to make and so fast. I always try to enjoy my sewing process, but I love seeing finished results and pants are the best because they are so quick.

    Love your addition of the "booty" panel…..super cute!!


  18. thaaaaaank you so much for doing this. I have been meaning to sort out a pants pattern for yonks and this will save me doing it : P thank you so mucch for all your time and effort, look fwd to using the pattern hundred of times!

  19. I am excited. The pattern I have is working ok. But I LOVE the contrasting panel. I love your fabric. Any hints on where to get cute fabric?

  20. Awesome! I love that you made them for "big butt babies," it's hard to find pants that fit when they are wearing a cloth diaper!

  21. Omg Rae YAY!

    I was wondering if you'd ever do it, or just continue to lead us on 😛

    I can't wait! You are amazing

  22. I am so excited for this pattern! I can only imagine how much work is involved! I've had trouble fitting pants on my cloth diapered babies for years and I can tell you that this pattern will be GREATLY appreciated my many! Thanks for your perseverance.

  23. seriously canNOT wait!!! The linen band ones are my faves… I know it will be worth the wait 🙂

  24. This is so funny. My children all have NO butts and when they were in cloth diapers that just helped them fit into their "regular" pants a little better. I am usually trying to slim down the pants instead of expanding them. I forget that there are problems on both sides of the fence. The first two pair of pants are my favorite.

  25. I too am looking forward to the pattern. I can't wait to make them!!!!! Please be soon, my boy is nearly 2.

  26. How GREAT! I would love to have a pants pattern! I love that it's for both boys and girls.

  27. Wow, I hear ya about the whole pattern process, my first one was a BIG learning experience, but the good thing is once you learn what to do, you'll always know :). And those pants are adorable, so I'm sure the work will all be worth it!

    I was thinking of you last night when I finally finished my "Spring Top Week" shirt! …I guess I can save it for next year!

  28. I've been meaning to make shorts for my little guys. Will it be a free tutorial? Thanks!

  29. Thank you for all your efforts! really looking forward to this pattern-even if I have to pay for it!

  30. Wow, you are amazing!!! I'm serious. And the big bum cloth diaper baby look is super cute…I think I may try to whip some up in my no spare time while you're working on it too. 🙂

  31. I am so excited! I started cloth diapering my 2 year old when he was one and it has been a huge problem finding pants that fit. And now that we are in cloth pull-ups, things haven't got any better :o) Thank you for all the work you've done and look forward to the pattern!

  32. Oh sweet! I'm excited for you that you are making the pattern. There seems to be a ton of interest. As one of your non-sewing friends, I greatly admire your talents. Very cute pants. Very cute children. And, as I recall, very cute Rae.

    Love you deary! Love your sense of style.

  33. I cannot wait!!! My 4 month old is now wearing size 18 month pants because that's the size it takes to fit over her cloth diaper. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern ASAP, but I understand about things taking time. I appreciate your efforts. Oh how I'm hoping this will be a free pattern…. pretty please?

  34. These are so cute! I will have to make some of these for my three month old when she gets a little older. She is growing so fast right now that I know she would outgrow them before I finished sewing them:)

  35. Oh I'm getting excited. I just spent all day working on a pair of baby pants…because I couldn't find a pattern I liked. I sure hope that the one's I made fit, but I am completely confident in your construction abilities. Thanks for putting in the effort.


  36. I have been waiting a long time for this pattern, and I'm really looking forward to it. I've been collecting remnant fabric for tiny baby pants. The little guy in my belly due in about 6 weeks! It is so hot and humid in FL right now, he probably won't wear many pants until it starts to cool off – around November or so… By then, I hope to have pants rather than fabric stashed. 🙂

  37. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I am sending you kisses and hugs because I am so freakin' excited! I can't wait! My little boy is about to be cloth diapered and ALL his pants and outfits are too small/too long/won't fit correctly and it's driving me insane. Thank you! 🙂

  38. Cute! I would love a pattern for some little pants for cloth-diapered babies. I'm in the sewing groove of my pregnancy right now and looking for things to make.

  39. Oh my gosh thanks. Your pattern looks way better than the cloth diaper baby pants pattern I made a year ago and have been using with t-shirts. I copied lands end–they make pants with reasonable sizing. I think you're right: you might soon have a riot on your hands out here in cloth diapering internet land, but its most likely a very politely opinionated riot.

    To the commenter with questions about cloth diapering, you can always start at the Real Diaper Association's website.

  40. I'm so, so excited about this pattern! We have a cloth diapered 15-month-old who really needs some new pants. I am just itching to get my hands on your pattern. Thanks so much for your fabulous work and tutorials!

  41. wahoo! i'm expecting our 3rd baby late December. i've been looking for a pattern to make fleece footies to fit over a cloth booty.

  42. I CANNOT wait for this pattern!! My babies are CD as well (due in 1 week!) and finding pants that cover their big ol booties is nearly impossible! Will your pattern work with knits as well? Can't wait!! Thanks so much for doing this. 🙂

  43. you might try finding a book/chart with industry standard grading for childrens clothing. I think that would help you generate other sizes once you have you sample size perfected.

  44. I'd just like to request a license option. I've been revamping some of my own patterns to fit my daughter's cloth diapered behind and recently had a request to sell the clothes in my Etsy shop. So, if you feel like it, I'd be interested!

  45. Those pants are really cute! Since my daughter is using cloth diapers on her daughter, I think your big butt designs are wonderful.

  46. Hooray!! I've been trying to figure out how to make my own, but am having a very hard time getting the butt size to work. Can't wait for an actual pattern!!

  47. rae, THANK YOU!!! from the bottom of my heart and my son's HUGE cloth diapered butt, THANK YOU!! i just purchased this pattern and will be cutting the fabric this afternoon. i've been dreading making pants and having to alter the patterns. i tried this when my daughter was in cloth and it was a lot of trial and, mostly, error. i have been in search of a pattern like for big baby butts for a couple years now! you have made my weekend, mama 🙂

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