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Forgive me if this question has been asked before - I did a search and didn't find anything. Can someone give me a rough idea of how to do this? I guess what I need is a pattern for the top part.


And can I do this with a needle and thread, or should I use wool yarn to sew it, or do I need a serger?
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to add to the above, just add some length by measureing your babys in seam and cutting off up the arm of the sweater to accomodate legs of pants plus seam allowence. You can sew with needle and thread or even with wool thread/yarn if you wish, you really don't neeed a serger or sewing machine, it will jsut take longer and more effort. Luck, Reese
 

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Thanks, mamas -


ETA - One more ? - should I wash the sweater in hot water and put it in the dryer to felt it? Then lanolize it? And if I do have to felt it I should do that before I make the pants out of it, right?
 

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That's what I do, but you don't have to felt it to have it work.
I wish I could help you with the pattern for cutting the rise - the pattern I made won't fit on any of the sleeves I have saved! I KNOW they would work, because I made 2 pr of pants to fit 30lb davey already, and those sleeves were'nt any bigger than the ones I have!
I guess just measure the crotch depth of you little one, add an allowance for elastic casing (or you can do direct-sewn pajama elastic, which works just as well & will save you an inch of length), and make the curve of the rise cut half of your crotch depth measurement.
Watch your machine needle when going over the hump where the sleeve seams meet - I broke a needle on my last pair of pants. Hand sewing might be best.

I'm sure this is all clear as mud....
 

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Elastic?? I didn't even think of using elastic! Do I have to use elastic?

Sorry - I am not a very experienced sewer, as you can tell. I have made lots of curtains and hemmed lots of skirts, etc. but nothing like this.
 

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Well, I made some tonight - basically I felted the hell out of them then followed the instructions for making the top on www.borntolove.com. Then I just sewed the sleeves on to the leg holes. I cut them off on an angle at the shoulder and the cuffs were the ankles. The first one came out weird because the sleeves were wider than the leg holes, so I had to make this strange little pleat at the top of where the leg attached to the soaker part - so it made him look kind of like a goat boy, lol. But the next one I made actually matched up and it looks like it will fit him - I'll try it on him tomorrow.
Yay! This is so fun! And it's really easy to do - it looks like it would be hard or it wouldn't work, but it does. I recommend raiding your local Sally's for all their wool sweaters! :LOL

Slightly OT - while I was wool hunting, I found a sweater that was made of "100% virgin acrylic".
Virgin acrylic?? WHT??
 
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