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    The kids and I went out to the store today to pick up some stretch pants for Morgan ( my 8 yr old who survived, and continues to survive a massive life changing stroke) Morgan can't wear pants with buttons or zippers because of the loss of her left hand...and we were discussing silly pants...how we needed some thing more colorful and full of sunshine like she is, so I cam up with the idea of making a pair of quilted stretch pants for her to wear, only thing is, I may have great ideas, but i have NO idea how to put them into action lol...so does any one have advice, patterns, ideas, anything that could help us create her own silly pants?

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    Maybe find a cheater quilt fabric. You could use that with any normal pants pattern.

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    How about leggings and sew patches on them. Kids around here tie dye their own leggings and paint designs on them and glitter. They are really cute.

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    Do they need to be stretch?

    My granddaughter went through a period of "no zippers or buttons" at school because she wanted to get into and out of the school restroom quickly. She was afraid someone would come in while she was in there.

    We made her a lot of shorts, capris and long pants with elastic at the top. You can get soft wide elastic for the waistband. That would let you use every beautiful and sunny piece of fabric you can think of.

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    They certainly don't have to be stretch just elastic waisted.
    Thank you guys for your ideas..thats a cute idea hobo..would certainly save on time..:)

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    I am so sorry that your daughter is experiencing this...

    Follow the link to this tutorial for making a quilted jacket out of a sweatshirt and you could apply it to your daughter's stretch pants.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-48923-1.htm

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    Ahh-h-h-h, just an elastic waistband? Go to a fabric store and get a pattern for elastic waist pajama pants and you can make as many as you want from many different fabrics. Or you could take apart a pair that she now has that may be worn out to use for a pattern, just remember to add seam allowances, and extra at the top to fold over for the elastic.
    You can also make the legs shorter for shorts or capri length pants.
    Another idea: sew together a bunch of pieces of fabric in any crazy design you and the kids decide, then use the pattern to cut the crazy pieces for the pant legs and sew together.
    Sounds like fun to me!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup:

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    I'm so sorry ...
    about 10-12 yrs ago, one of the major pattern co, had cloths for people with disabilities, maybe you can email them and they coud get you back patterns. Why doesn't any of these pattern co have regular updates, like they do for say weddings,inthe disabled catagory so they can have COOL cloths too.god luck

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    find lots of silly knit fabrics, cut blocks, sew them together into large enough peices to lay pattern pieces down on, cut out your pattern and make the pants. greenpepper has lots of patterns for elastic waist (fleece) pants one of those patterns would probably work well. remember when using knits to use a stretch needle (ball-point) and a stretch stitch (zig=zag) we havent made any with regular knits but we've made quite a few fleece pairs. and i've made quilted clothing by just piecing fabric big enough to cut out patterns. works well and is very unique :)

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    I've never in my life make a piece of clothing, so i'm trying to do as much research as I can before i go ahead and try to do it lol :)
    Morgans been a challenge, because she needs to easily get the clothes on and off with one arm, and it has to comfortable fit with her leg brace..so I've just been buying her stretch pants, but they are always so boring. I finally found a company that makes a shoe that will fit both feet without having to buy two pairs, the foot brace causes one shoe to never fit. So i figured we would work on the next challenge Pants lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie
    I've never in my life make a piece of clothing, so i'm trying to do as much research as I can before i go ahead and try to do it lol :)
    Morgans been a challenge, because she needs to easily get the clothes on and off with one arm, and it has to comfortable fit with her leg brace..so I've just been buying her stretch pants, but they are always so boring. I finally found a company that makes a shoe that will fit both feet without having to buy two pairs, the foot brace causes one shoe to never fit. So i figured we would work on the next challenge Pants lol
    Yikes. Well, sewing clothes isn't like quilting. But you can do it! Start with a simple pattern at first. The pj pattern is a good one to start with. Make sure the elastic is waistband elastic so it won't roll (fold and be uncomfortable) on her. Seam allowances are usually 5/8 inch instead of 1/4. And backstitch when you start and stop--unlike piecing a quilt. And if you need help as you go along, PM me. I'm usually on the computer at least twice a day.

    And hugs to your daughter!!

    Nancy

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    Also, measure your daughter to get her dimensions and then buy a pattern that is close to her measurements.

    Ready-to-wear and pattern sizes differ.

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    My daughter has twins, one wears a brace, when she buys shoes she has to buy 3 pr.! Can you share with me where you got the shoes that fit the brace? I hope you have a ball making the pants, your daughter is probobly a blast to be around. Our Mason is the happiest, most irrisistable personality of all my grandkids! When they go through so much at such a young age, they seem to take the day to day stuff right in stride. He had his stroke when only a day old. All the best to you and yours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie
    I've never in my life make a piece of clothing, so i'm trying to do as much research as I can before i go ahead and try to do it lol :)
    Morgans been a challenge, because she needs to easily get the clothes on and off with one arm, and it has to comfortable fit with her leg brace..so I've just been buying her stretch pants, but they are always so boring. I finally found a company that makes a shoe that will fit both feet without having to buy two pairs, the foot brace causes one shoe to never fit. So i figured we would work on the next challenge Pants lol

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    the pattern for sleep pants is great and you can use any kind of novelty or other fabric...they are made with the elastic waist band :)

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    The shoes are Becky Bones shoes..they are an enviromentaly friendly shoe..they do have a website..I baught them at our local Kohls..they are a wide, skater type shoe..but they easily fit over her foot brace, and the other foot, saving me from having to buy her two pairs of shoes just to have one set that fit. I have 4 kids so shoe shopping has Not been a lot of fun.

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    Elastic waist pants are one of the easiest things to sew, and as you get better you can add a lot of details like pockets, topstitching, etc.

    You could probably find some lightweight denim and make her some that look more like actual jeans, topstitched with that yellow/gold jeans thread, if she misses jeans.

    I can see a lot of fun variations, really. Cuffs of contrasting fabric, patch pockets with cool buttons, iron-on patches, etc.

    ETA : I had a skirt made out of tencel denim that was very soft, so that might be a good option (if you can find it on the bolt) if you wanted to try denim.

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    How about just taking a ready to wear pant that she likes and ripping it apart for a pattern. that or....if you already have some ready to wear just applique stuff on them. There are these jeans that are all the "ooak" craze right now. They are called Mosaic or decoupage pants.

    http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/e...page-Party.htm
    http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/e...osaicJeans.htm

    You could also do rouching/ruffly stripes around the bottom of the leggs,
    http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/e...ade-Simple.htm

    Make some rumba ruffly pants like this
    http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/e...ed-Gauchos.htm

    This is how I make Kenzie's jeans fit her for an extra month or so! lol
    http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/e...-Tab-Jeans.htm

    I LOVE these http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/e...aggy-Weave.htm

    All of these ideas are really easy to do, no need for a pattern and they can all be done with ready to wear pants! I have been decorating pants for my six year old. When she entered Pre-K the teachers couldn't help them with their pants, well I couldn't find "cute" pants in her size with elastic waist. So I had to improvise!

    Why is it that we can find "little" girl pants that are cute and have elastic but bigger girl pants are boring with elastic!

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