Friday, June 24, 2011

Lounge Pants #2 and #3

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #17 and #18

To see #16, click here.

While making these lounge pants, I had in mind the perfect pant for slipping on after a day at the pool or lake.

Made out of warmer sweater knit, they will comfort those freezing wet bodies in the evening while they continue to walk around squishing their toes in the sand.

And they are short enough not to drag around and get dirty and wet.

Of course they are perfectly comfy for any type of play too.

They were made out of these pants that have sat in my closet way too long hoping to fit into someday.

A little tip I've learned when using old pants for new ones.

If you are wanting to keep the side seam intact, lay your front piece down on the top and cut it out in just the top layer of the pant. Then open the pants up (like shown) and cut out the back piece out of the back of the pant. Do the same for the other side. Then you only have to sew up the crotch and inside seam and add the waistband. This really cuts down your time.

Well, I have 12 more pants to go, and a busy week ahead of me. Anybody want to come babysit my kids? Little sister of mine (hint hint)?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lounge Pants #1

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #16

To see #14 and #15, click here.

The next few or so pants on the list will be lounge pants for the kids. Pants like these are comfy and suit many purposes. This is a bit embarrassing to admit but when I am pregnant I live in lounge pants. In fact, after this last baby I finally put on a pair of jeans and my 4 year old asked me why I was wearing daddy's pants.

Truth be told, some day's comfort is just priority. Perhaps for a good reason. If I ever send the girls to get dressed by themselves - lounge pants are the first pick. It may not always look good, but kids know for the best play they need to be comfortable.

Or maybe they are just trying to look like mom (shame).

These are great pants to make out of old clothing items. Those were my sisters KTM sweater knit pants she didn't want any more. It can be fun to find new ways to preserve a logo off of old clothing, since you usually pay good money for it.

I simply laid the pant pattern on the pants where I wanted them. Since there was a side seam already sewn, I didn't cut that side. Then I sewed the pants up like I would a pair of leggings, which generally don't have side seams in the patterns. I wanted the unfinished edge on the hem so I just stretched it so it would role up.

Easy peasy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ruched Leggings for Baby

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #14 and #15

To see #13 , click here.

Baby gets 3 pairs of leggings too.

These are just some simple white capri length ones, from an old white T-shirt.

Then here is my personal favorite for the baby, ruched leggings.

I used a small piece of elastic on the inside to gather the bottom of the legs.

They add a little bit of character to a simple pair of leggings.

Here are some pictures to help illustrate how I did that. I sewed the elastic on both sides of each leg. I stretched the elastic as I sewed the best I could. I think it would be easier to do it perhaps before you sew up the inside leg seam. I'll try that next time.

That wraps up the leggings for my pant project.

Is anybody (besides me) getting worried I might not make the deadline at the end of the month?

It seems these days if I'm not holding her, all she does is this . . .

Teething. Enough said.

Oh how I yearn for some time in my happy room.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Baby Leggings

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #13

To see #12, click here.

(I'm tired of typing that intro in)

Oh how yummy baby legs look in leggings!

And they are so perfect for toe touches. She is trying to work off her double chin :)

I just have to make her some more of these!

Friday, June 17, 2011

More Leggings!

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #12

To see #11, click here.

These were made using another old knit T-shirt.

The shirt was the exact color I wanted, but it had a logo on it. I cut it up any way, and now she has a cute logo on her bum.

I love that she can now where her knit dresses for any kind of play, in total comfort and modesty.

And that wraps up the leggings for my sweet 2 year old.

If you come back again, you just might get to see a pair of pants for some yummy chubby little baby legs. Proof that I haven't forgotten about my baby :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lace Bottom Leggings #2

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #11

To see #10, click here.

These leggings are just like her sisters here.

I loved them too much to not make 2.

I've come to realize the best reason for leggings are to hide those little panty bums. Have you tried teaching a 2 year old how to sit like a lady in a dress? Then again, have you tried teaching a 2 year old to sit still and smile while you take pictures?

Every once in awhile she'll look at the camera with some kind of smile on her face - and I better be quick!

If you are interested, I'm working on getting all my legging patterns available to you to print off. Hopefully by the end of this month when I'm done sewing pants.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stretch Lace Leggings

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #10

To see pant #9, click here.

These leggings are probably my favorite so far.

They are made from a yellow stretch lace I found on clearance at Joann's, and had to have.

I've been loving all the lace leggings I've seen out there lately, and couldn't wait to try to make my own for these lovely little legs.

Of course, then I couldn't resist the urge to make up a quick skirt to go with it even if I am 5 days behind on making pants.

And quick it was. I took a cast off shirt from my sisters pile, chopped it where I wanted it, then gathered it into a chunky elastic waistband. She loves the pockets, and I love that they were already there.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Leggings from an old T-Shirt

30 Pants in 30 Days

Pant Project #9

To see #8, click here.

I've come to the conclusion that leggings are the perfect pant for the summer girl.

Being lightweight and fitted, they can handle any amount of play -

without hindrance.

And they are super comfy.

With a waistband you will hardly notice there.

I'm almost convinced to make some for myself.

This wraps up the final pair of leggings for my 4 year old. I'm hoping to get that pattern and tutorial available to you soon.

There is a picture to show you the general idea. Because leggings don't typically have a side seam, they are so fast to sew up. Using a shirt's hem makes it even faster.

I've been getting a lot of questions about how I sew on knits. The key for me is my even feed walking foot. I've recently bought it and I have no more reservations to sew on knits. It really helps with the shifting and stretching - it's a dream! I got onto my machines website and searched what kind of brand I would need and then bought it through amazon.

Now I believe it is time to move onto another child. I think she is feeling left out.

And yes, I realize it is the 11th of June and I am only on pant #9.

I better get sewing!