I'm getting into the spirit of Handmade Fashion Revolution Week by recycling a post from my blog Made by Toya which makes use of outgrown baby clothes by turning them into knickers. (Or is that pants?)

Chopping up outgrown babygrows to make big girl's pants was a practical solution for me (good quality printed jersey is often hard to find and usually expensive - especially here in the UK), but how thrifty is making knickers out of old clothes? Well the self-drafted pattern and repurposed fabric were free, but the elastic worked out at about 10p a pair. In cost of materials I just about beat supermarket and high street store prices but if I factor in a cost for my time: 1 pair of knickers = about 15 minutes, even if I paid myself minimum wage I can’t compete with 7 pairs for £3. This leads me to two questions.

1) Why would I bother making knickers for my children?

2) How can supermarkets and high street stores possibly produce knickers so cheaply?

If like me, you’ve got at least three answers for question 1 and none (or none that you like) for question 2, I’ve drawn up a pattern for the pants/knickers which you can download. The pattern is sized to fit approx 2-3yrs and is for low leg, medium-high rise knickers/pants. 

To make the knickers you will need:

  • Knicker elastic- preferably with a picot edge (you could use fold over elastic if you prefer)
  • Outgrown babygrows or t-shirts.
  • Pant pattern pieces which can be found here.

 I found it easiest to lay the pattern pieces directly onto the old clothes in order to make use of as much fabric as possible. Once the pieces are cut assemble as instructed below.

Reading the posts that are making up Handmade Fashion Revolution week is definitely giving me plenty to think about. Whilst I very rarely buy any store bought clothes for myself or my children anymore, the unknown source and manufacture of many of the fabrics I use is very troubling so I will be following the links to other upcycling projects coming later this week in the hope of some more inspiration in my efforts to curb unnecessary consumption.

I may have made my clothes but I clearly don't iron them very well!

I may have made my clothes but I clearly don't iron them very well!

HOW ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK...

To enter the giveaway you’ll have to take a photo of yourself or of your kids wearing a garment you made inside out and holding either this handmade Fashion Revolution poster (here) if you’re showing something you made for yourself or this one (here) and post to Instagram { See friday's post for examples}.

You'll then have to add it to our link party ( below) and giveaway widget for extra entries. To add your photo from Instagram go to www.instagram.com/username - then click on the photo you wish to share and copy and paste the link here. 

The deadline to submit a photo will be Sunday 24th midnight EST. If you share your photo(s) in social media please use the hashtags #FashRev #whomademyclothes #handmadeinsideout #imademyclothes #petitapetitfashrev so we can make our amazing community aware of the Fashion Revolution Event. You're allowed to share more than one photo.

The 5 winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday 26th of April.

Along with our generous sponsors we are giving away 5 identical prize packages, each including:

One 100€ gift card from Nosh Organics.

All of Petit à Petit patterns that have been launched to date.

One pattern of choice from the Upcraft Club.

One sewing pattern of choice from the following designers: Titchy ThreadsJennuine DesignSew Much AdoCoffee and ThreadStraightGrainLBG StudioRock the Stitch.

Miss Polly sewing pattern by Sew Pony; Cocoon Dress sewing pattern by Groovy Baby and Mama; Bubble Shorts sewing pattern by Do Guincho.

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