Sometimes I get an idea in my head and then I lose it. Just like Rachel said. Other times, it sticks and it won’t go away. My latest project had been floating around in there for a long time. I completely and totally blame it on Leslie. You see, she made those lounge pants. My friend Suzanne saw that post and made her own. But Suzanne never uses a pattern. She wings it. She just traced a pair of pants she owned and made herself a pair. And then she made some for her girls.
There are plenty of things I can sew without a pattern. But when it comes to clothes, I am pattern follower. I don’t sew many clothes – that is probably why. I used to sew dresses for the girls. I even made them some skirts and tops, but not so much any more. Jane got picky, I got my feelings hurt and lost the desire. Pajama pants, though….I thought Jane might just go for that.
On Sunday, I channeled my inner-Suzanne and traced a pair of Jane’s flannel p.j. pants. I added seam allowances, and then tried to figure out how in the heck to fit a pair of girls’ size 8 p.j. pants on one width of fabric. They just fit. Just.
I used my serger to stitch these up. FAST. Super FAST. Just how I like my projects. I added button holes on either side of the front center seam so I could add a mock ribbon tie. There is a full circle of elastic in the casing – each 12 inch length of ribbon is sewn to the elastic just inside the button holes. This way there is no chance of my-pants-won’t-stay-up issues, but they still have that cute touch.
Jane was not very happy with the fabric choices. She sees all that fabric in the sewing room and thinks I can just make anything out of a fat quarter. Hmmm….that would be nice, but I needed 1 1/4 yards and the pickings were kind of slim. Not bad if you like say, green. Or pink. Just not much blue. Or red. The one I thought she would like, she didn’t. Instead of listening to her whine, I just chose for her. I figured Kate would get two pairs if Jane never wore hers.
See, Kate is happy with almost anything. Well, anything pink, that is.
I wish I had enough red ric rac to trim the hem of Jane’s pair, but oh well. I’m still going to call these a success. Jane has worn them two nights in a row. If that doesn’t make them a winner, I don’t know what does.
So you see, Leslie, it is your fault. In a roundabout, very good, inspiring kind of way. You, too, Suzanne. You, too.
Thank goodness for friends.