Kids clothes can get so expensive particularly when you need to picky about the type of waist band that holds the pants up. Since potty training my 2.5yo son I have realised that we have a new clothing dilemma, the “no bum - pants drop”.
I recently went shopping to buy my son some new winter tracksuit pants. Given our “no bum –pants drop” problem we needed to purchase pants that have a drawer string or those amazing button elastic belts (found in some Target and Pumpkin Patch clothes). I looked in both K-mart and Best and Less with little success. The couple of pairs of tracksuit pants that I did find with drawer strings were $20 for one pair of pants. On an adjacent rack the tracksuit pants were 2 pairs for $10. The problem, these ones had the fake drawer string (you know the ones, they are there but they are stitched into the front and have NO functional purpose.
The solution is some NO SEW home alterations. I purchased 4 pairs of the fake drawer string pants and then visited the supermarket and purchased a packet of cotton tape from the sewing aisle (less than $4).
I then solved the “no bum – pants drop” with 5 easy steps.
1. Cut off the fake drawer string (stupid things!)
2. Put a safety pin in the end of the cotton tape
3. Threaded the pin and tape through the waist band of the pants
4. Cut the tape with enough left to tie the pants to stop the “no bum – pants drop”
5. Tie knots in each end of the tape to prevent the tape coming out in the wash
The outcome 4 pairs of pants for less than $25. Almost the same price as one pair of pants with drawer strings. If you are a sewing mum you could always reattach the fake end from the original pants to the cotton tape or you could ‘splash out’ and go to Spotlight or Lincraft and get some thicker/coloured tape.