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Summer

I haven’t been blogging for a while. I’ve been using Instagram instead. The words haven’t been coming for full blog posts about sewing.

Yesterday one of the girls at the shop reminded me that I have followers. Sorry gang.

I’m a really slow sewist and it’s really been getting me down. Trying to dedicate between 30 minutes and an hour every day to just DO SOMETHING towards finishing projects….

Just looking at all the dreams I had for all my aging stash Fabrics. Maybe it’s time to just sew them all into Jammie pants for the world.

Jammie pants and quilts.

I guess I’m having a sad time in sewing land right now.

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Boys size 14, Burda 9641

As always, I welcome your comments and questions.

I find the legs a little wide at the bottom still, but when I look at the photos, I see that is how the pattern is. I rushed to finish these so I forgot to attempt the fake fly.

Not enough fabric for the full length of the waistband. I thought I could stretch the waistband to fit the pants. Ended up with a pucker. Damn.

This kid is desperate for pants that fit. If this PJ tester fits well, I will make this pattern again with more pockets, narrower lower leg, and fake fly…

 

 

When in doubt go back to what you know, in this case pants

After much sadness anger and frustration over my bad sewing day yesterday I have reached some decisions. Or….ideas. 

I’m going back to pants. I like sewing pants. Everyone wears pants. Jammie pants…sport pants…cargo pants…dress pants…work pants…golf pants…clown pants…

I understand pants. You can change the pockets, the hem line, the snugness (fit), the waistband, add a zipper, etc, but, basically, pants never change. They are pretty predictable. There are some fronts, there are  some backs. And no matter how fancy your pants are, really, there are only 4 seriously important pieces. 

Also, I am going to set some limits on fabric and pattern combinations, as I seem to be in a bad habit of choosing the wrong fabric for a clothing pattern on a regular basis, leading to glompy looking clothing. 

Glompy is so a real word. Ask any MANTAI. 

So the new fabric rules are…..drum roll please…..

Only light flowing fabrics to make clothes patterns. The exception to this rule is heavy stretchy fabrics for PJS. 

Heavy fabrics are to be used for bags, hats, aprons, and other crafty patterns. 

Everything else is for quilting. 

I promise to do my best to stick to these guidelines…..

McCalls 5952 pirate pjs

I seem to have forgotten to blog on these pants! And I had so much fun making them! After cutting out the baby’s lady bug pants one piece at a time, I decided cutting fabric single layer wasn’t so bad. So I gathered up these flannell remnants I had. I cut out each front and each back single layer, making it the opposite of the piece before. One thing you HAVE to remember to do when doing this, is to flip your pattern piece face down for half your cuts and face up for the othe half. Or, you will end up with two right fronts and no left fronts etc. 

I didn’t really have enough to make full length pants, so I hemmed them with bias tape so as not to lose any length. Did I mention how much I love using bias tape on everything? Lol. Then I cut out the pockets from the extra scraps. I even added a silly patch to one side to make the pants even more pirate like. 

The pj pants are just so silly and fun. I want to hug my kid every time he wears them, because he is so darn cute in them! Especially when he shoves his hands deep into his front pockets and scowls. How  to smile every time your offspring has a temper tantrum? Super cute pants, of course!  

        

These pockets are going to look even cooler after they are washed and dried a few times. The close zig zag will prevent fraying, and the edges will be soft, like a great favorite pair of old cut offs.