Every so often someone asks me why I don’t sell what I sew, and my answer is usually something like “uh…I’m lazy.” But more than all that work, the very thought of making something over and over makes me feel sad and grumpy (although I am accepting more commission projects now because we’re on such a tight budget, and I need $$$ to sew!) But yeah, sewing the same thing repeatedly just isn’t my thang thang. That’s why I dream of someday making my own patterns, and selling them instead, because designing is really my favorite part anyway. Someday….! (read in a listless, breathy sort of way).
But sometimes when sewing for my kiddies it becomes necessary to do some batch sewing–cutting all at once, and then zipping together one after another. Even as I write this I’ve got a batch of basic tees for Kindeegartner Tribe that are waiting patiently on my sewing table to be finished (tonight!) The necessity for these leggings came the other day when I was rooting around baby Tribe’s drawer trying to find some cute pants, and I became frustrated by how many kitschy garments embroidered with little flowers and kitties that I have but hate, and never put on her. I hate run-of-the-mill machine embroidered clothes! I donated them all, and whipped up some cute leggings that I actually like and are so comfy for her to do her little puppy dog thing (crawl around and eat everything).
I used a fabulous little Ottobre pattern for the leggings ( Ottobre 6/2011 #4), but you can also design your own pattern (see here and here). I also jazzed a few up with some fabric paint and a quicky freezer paper stencil (idear from here), which turned out to be my favorite ones.