Grey pants

I can’t remember anything, so I don’t know if I’ve blogged about this pair before or not.
Do you ever sew something that makes you feel like you actually have no idea how to sew whatsoever? That is how these pants made me feel. It didn’t matter what I did, every step of the way, every 6 inches of seam or so, something went wrong. The truth is, I was rushing. My sewing always goes terribly wrong when I rush. But who wouldn’t rush, when you only have a few minutes to sew before the baby cries again?
Now what, you are probably thinking, made you finish them? Why not hurl them into the depths of the basement, never to be seen again?
Well, halfway through, I DID throw them away into the bottomless pit of half finished sewing projects. I was hoping to not see them again until I dreamt a solution to the problem of their construction.
What actually happened is a curious 9 year old boy dug them out and exclaimed the following….
Oh, Mom! These look AWESOME! Who are these for? If you make these for me, I will LOVE them!

So I bit my tongue and ground my teeth and began afresh to bring this construction project to a close.
I think, personally, they turned out awful. I expect every seam to burst the first time he wears them / washes them.

I think there are a couple of things I would like to do in order to prevent having another project go badly like this, after all, at the moment, I never want to sew another pair of pants as long as I live.

There are two areas that I think I need to get brought up to date on, sewing machine needle sizes and types and when to use what….
And also some tips and tricks when sewing sports or nylon stretch or dance material.

The fabric is really cool. (For boys track pants) And, the fact that I had exactly enough neon yellow piping to do both full leg lengths got me excited and made me think the project was made to be.

It’s done, but this pair of pants cost me a lot, in time, and in frustration. These are NOT what I want to be part of my sewing experience.

I think I will stick to quilting in my own Cheater way and forget about clothes for a while.

After I took these photos I measured the 9 year old and added the elastic waistband. I will try to catch a shot of him wearing them.

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