DIY Dr. Seuss Pants

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How to make your own pants for Dr. Seuss party

How to make easy pants to coordinate for a Dr. Seuss themed birthday outfit.

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I  had to decided to make Baby G a super awesome birthday outfit for his Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat party. We all know I could have bought this cheaper, but hey. Where’s the fun in that?

Today we’re going to be making some cute striped pants. I bought striped Dr. Seuss fabric to use for them, as my plan is to applique a white teeshirt or onesie for Baby G’s top.

I recently bought a pattern/tutorial for making pants or shorts so I opted to use the same pattern instead of doing something different. This pattern isn’t available anymore, but I think the free PJ pants pattern from Patterns for Pirates might make a decent substitute.

Cut out your fabric. When you cut out your fabric, make sure that you’re cutting all of your stripes in the correct direction. I laid my pattern out, held it down with all the fun stuff I had laying around my sewing room, and used my rotary cutter to cut out each layer, one at a time. For the second layer, remember that you need to cut it out with the pattern flipped over.

Cutting out a pants pattern on stripped fabric.

I decided that I wanted to make my pants fan out more at the bottoms (more bell bottom/boot cut style) so I just made the pant legs bigger as I cut out my pattern. As someone with huge feet, I hate wearing anything even close to skinny jeans after an embarrassing episode as a teen where the sales associate in a store had to help me get some jeans off over my big feet! I figure my son will have the same problem so there’s no need to add to the struggle of dressing and undressing a child, I might as well make the pant legs bigger. 

So first, I cut out the first piece, doing it that way. For the second piece, I needed it to be similarly sized to the first, but the piece needed to be opposite the first (per the instructions). Instead of flipping the pattern over, I flipped the fabric over and used the other piece I cut out as a pattern for this piece. You lay the cut piece right side UP on the fabric you’re cutting (which is faced right sides down). I hope that makes sense. 

Also, when you cut your waistband make sure you cut it so it stretches the long way… I made that mistake and had to redo it. I used an old tshirt for my waistband because my stripped fabric wasn’t stretchy enough for the waistband (or I didn’t think it would be). The pattern suggests using a stretchy knit. 

Pretty much just follow the instructions in the tutorial for the pattern. I zigzagged the raw edges to prevent any fraying (serge if you have a serger, of course). 

I used a folding template from Scientific Seamstress to do the
hems for the pants… according to the pattern, there’s a 2″ allowance for the hem. I love using these as my hems come out so much nicer this way. 

Also, when you cut your waistband make sure you cut it so it stretches the long way… I made that mistake and had to redo it. I used an old tshirt for my waistband because my stripped fabric wasn’t stretchy enough for the waistband (or I didn’t think it would be). The pattern suggests using a stretchy knit. 

Pretty much just follow the instructions in the tutorial for the pattern. I zigzagged the raw edges to prevent any fraying (serge if you have a serger, of course). 

Final Product

Okay so it might look like the pant legs aren’t the same length here, but I’m pretty sure they are. Haha.

Dr. Seuss themed pant: red and white stripes, white waist band.

Posts and projects that are Dr. Seuss or Cat in the Hat themed: Dr. Seuss Birthday Party | Dr. Seuss Romper | DIY Dr. Seuss Shirt | Cat in the Hat Hat DIY | Dr. Seuss Pants DIY | Fabric Birthday Banner in Red and White

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