KCW Day 5 and 6: Dino Top and Trousers

Let’s get one thing clear… THESE ARE NOT PYJAMAS…

The Crafty Kitty | These are not pyjamasI say this, because I have another pair of jersey trousers that I made for Isaac, and every time he wears them, one of the teacher’s at Lily’s school, seems to think that I haven’t bothered to get him dressed for the day!

The Crafty Kitty | Easy Piece (Organic) Jersey Pants

I have had this organic jersey dinosaur fabric set aside for a while now, in fact, since Cirque Du Bebe created a tutorial for baby sarouels… yikes, that was almost a year ago! I also had some organic jersey in this teal colour, just hanging around, waiting to be used up! I more recently came across these gorgeous trousers on Neve and Hawk and I really wanted to make a pair. Laziness, was answered in the form of the Easy Piece Jersey Pants, from Ottobre Design Summer 3/2013, which arrived the other day. The pattern was actually for a shorts length leg, so I extended the leg piece using a pair of Isaac’s trousers as a guide. I only had single jersey in the teal, although the pattern actually calls for rib. The other change I made, was that I cut the cuff on the fold, so I could double it over, just for ease with attaching it really. I made a size 98 (2-3 years) and I used organic cotton sewing thread and my new overlocker for everything, apart from attaching the clear elastic to the waist. This pattern was so super easy to make, there is 1 pattern for the whole front piece and 1 for the whole of the back piece. It was ridiculously quick to sew up!

The Crafty Kitty | Time for a change of colour

There was then a short interlude, where I changed threads on my overlocker… ahhh I think I might love it a little more today!The Crafty Kitty | Organic Dinosaur Beachy Boatneck

I only have the two different colours in the 5000m Spools of Organic Cotton Thread (although all of the colours are available to order (out of stock colours take 2-3 weeks to dispatch), but I thought that the orange went perfectly with this deep blue/purple. I busted out my twin needle, for the first time EVER. and created this gorgeous contrast stitching on the hem and the cuffs. I was so apprehensive, as I had to sew these last touches on my regular sewing machine, which is a nightmare with knits! The pattern is the Beachy Boatneck, which I bought as part of the Surf Collection from Pattern Anthology and I made a size 2T. I love the 3/4 length sleeves and the shaped, longer body of the t-shirt. Up until I made the reverse applique, this was a really quick easy shirt to make!

The Crafty Kitty | Dinosaur Reverse AppliqueI made this rough sketch of a dinosaur (which you can use if you want, I only ask that you refer people back to this site to download it and that you credit me, if you use it!), and then traced it onto iron on stabiliser, which I fixed to the front of the shirt.

The Crafty Kitty | Dinosaur Reverse AppliqueI pinned the organic orange rib fabric to the back of the shirt.

The Crafty Kitty | Dinosaur Reverse AppliqueI sewed around the dinosaur outline using the twin needle.

The Crafty Kitty | Dinosaur Reverse AppliqueI trimmed around the dinosaur outline and then pinned a piece of the organic teal jersey.

The Crafty Kitty | Dinosaur Reverse AppliqueI struggled removing the stabiliser, so I re did the spikes by cutting them out of the stabiliser individually, ironing on to the shirt front and then sewing using a regular needle around the edge.

The Crafty Kitty | Dinosaur Reverse AppliqueThe very last step was to cut out the centre of each applique piece. Gorgeous pops of colour! I will hopefully get some action shots tomorrow, but I am not holding my breath. Two year olds are not the most patient or cooperative of models!

The Crafty Kitty | Dino Trousers and T-shirt The Crafty Kitty | Dino Trousers and T-shirt

6 thoughts on “KCW Day 5 and 6: Dino Top and Trousers

  1. bambooblossom
    April 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I’d love these trousers in a bigger size for myself :)

  2. April 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    how old of a child do you think can get away with baby sarouels? 5? 8? 30-something?

    1. thecraftykitty
      April 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      the pattern goes up to 6-7 in the magazine :) might need to adapt for 30 😉

  3. April 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Really beautiful idea and blog! lovely! Thanks for sharing :)
    I’m an enthusiastic DIYer from Barcelona, would you like to follow each other?
    Big kisses

  4. May 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    such a freaking adorable outfit.

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