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amandasews
05-26-2010, 03:39 PM
I'm frustrated by the lack of variety in little kid's (toddler) undies. I want to offer my daughter some fun undies to help in the potty training process, but she's not interested in princesses and fairies. I can't be the only mom who wants more options and have decided to try making my own. I've spent quite a bit of time looking for organic prints and have found some that I think would make really fun undies for any boy or girl. I wish I had the money to order them all, but right now I don't have the several hundred dollars I would need. So, I'd like help deciding which prints I should older first. Head on over to Facebook to check out the super cute prints: AmandaSews on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Sews/120165531334304). I'd like to order 5-6 prints to start out, so please look through the gender neutral album and "like" or add a comment on your favorites.

I'd also like input on the design. I'm planning to make a basic brief and would like for them to be truly gender neutral. It seems to me that a fly isn't necessary for little boys (and maybe asking for trouble). Those of you with boys - what do you think? Would you be interested in fly-less undies for your little man? I'm planning to use foldover elastic at the waist (durable and easy for little fingers to grab) and soft, solid-colored jersey at the leg openings. One of the other main design decisions I still need to make is whether or not to add a fabric lining to the crotch. I like the idea of not adding the extra fabric (so there are no seams at all in the crotch area), but I can also see the appeal of adding a piece of terry to the crotch to help with the inevitable accidents during the training process. What do you think?

Thanks in advance for your input!

bear7328
05-27-2010, 07:32 AM
This a free pattern for underwear, she does not put a liner in the crotch area.
http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/images/WeeWeka_Knickers.pdf

This is a popular pattern, but you have to pay for it, I'm sure you could omit the liner if there is one
http://www.etsy.com/listing/47927107/childrens-undies-sewing-pattern-pdf

Another great forum to use as a resource is the Diaper Sewing Divas forum, you can find them at diaperdivas.proboards.com or the Diaper Swappers forum at www.diaperswappers.com

achristian
05-27-2010, 08:40 AM
I like the zebra and hearts. I'm not fond of the aliens, but my son would be so I would get them.

My kids are recently potty trained, so while I wouldn't actually buy your underwear, they are still young enough that I remember enough to answer a few questions.

I would totally go for flyless undies for a boy. When they're young enough for potty training, they're really too young to handle the fly for a year or two anyway. I had my son just pull down his underwear. The fly on undies that small are hard to manage.

Also, I had to wait to potty train my first daughter until well after she was ready because she was small for her age, and ready early, and guess what, too small for the undies out there. I couldn't find anything smaller than a 2T and she was still an 18m. You might want to consider making a small one to choose from. Even a 24m.

amandasews
05-28-2010, 08:05 AM
The hearts are one of my favorites too, so I know I'll have to get some at some point in time. I'll likely get the zebra print too, because it (and the tiedyes from the same place) are pretty inexpensive. I will definitely be offering a smaller size option (my daughter is on the small side too), and, as with all my stuff, I'll offer the option to have them custom made to fit someones measurements. I'm glad to hear that flyless for a boy is good. It seemed like a good idea to me, but since I don't have a son, I wasn't sure.

tlag1986
05-29-2010, 09:07 PM
I guess I show my age when I say my kids used the simple terry cloth training pants. They were a simple front and back the same with a seam in the crotch and up both sides. They soaked up nothing and I mean nothing. The idea of the toddler undies for potty training is actually a market that hasn't been touch much I think. You may be on to something big. Good luck with all your research and development!

Kymy
06-20-2010, 02:12 AM
I know what you mean, honestly I refuse to buy character underwear or most things as a matter of fact! I see that you only have a daughter & as a mom of 1 son (4.5) & just turned 3 year old twin girls who all potty trained before 2.5 I wanted to give you a little input... if you know how to do the crotch piece the seam is not an issue, also the extra fabric is helpful when training. For boys no the fly doesn't matter when training which is why you don't see it in most training pants. Also a lot of kids are still in 18m when they start training which can be hard to find.

Now for the thing I wanted to touch base on the most... having potty trained 3 kids of box sex's in 2 years I would not prefer unisex underwear! Not the fabric, but the shape/cut. Boys & girls are shaped differently & need different cuts of underwear. I HATED the basic training underpants just for that reason... first off they all came up WAY to high & there was WAY to much fabric in front for my girls, where the boys need a little more room. I used them with my son for the first few weeks as they weren't as bad on him, but with my girls I refused, we just went straight to undies! I found Gymboree had a cute selection of girls undies & the size 2t-3t fit my girls better then any others I tried (same with the boys for my son) and if you shop during sales I was able to get them for $1.50ish a pair.

If you are looking for a good pattern for girls & boys I have heard great things about the Children's Undies by That Darn Kat on YouCanMakeThis.com (http://www.youcanmakethis.com/index.htm?cxaaffrefcodea=1039331507). You will notice the girls & boys (with optional fly) are shaped just slightly differently including the rise. It isn't free, but no one I know that has bought it has regretted it! She has you use all knit fabric, no elastic so they are nice & soft & less likely to rub or irritate little ones skin.

Good luck!