So school starts tomorrow for the girly, and I’m just about finished sewing for her. I stayed up late last night finishing her backpack (so cute!!), and tomorrow I’ll whip up a special little pencil case. I still have a few other things that she needs like a jacket, and some dresses for Sunday, but they can wait. I’m itching to make a few little special somethings for myself, and my son has been sorely neglected, poor boy. Brother man needs some tshirts and sunday pants in a bad way. I’m seriously on my way to have a 100% handmade wardrobe for me and my kids! Man, I’m such a sewing junkie. I really love it. Love it. Love it. Whenever I talk to someone it makes me step back and realize how crazy it is that I sew every night, but what can I say?? Some people love to read (me too), some people love to watch TV(me too), (but mostly) I love to sew.
So these floral beauties have been swirling around in my design dreams for a while, and when I saw this amazing denim weight vintage floral fabric on Etsy in mint condition, I couldn’t resist. And ps it was on sale for FIVE bucks (!!!) I made her back pack out of it too, it was the perfect amount of yardage.
This was my first pair of jeans! I used a skinny pant pattern from Ottobre’s 1/2012 issue, #18. I had a tricky time with the zipper fly at first, but in the end I just grabbed a pair of her pants and examined the construction, looked again at the diagram, and then figured it out. It’s not hard really, just got confused. I did add the geniousness of an adjustable elastic encased in the waistband that all kid’s jeans have now, because it is just so practical (didn’t get a photo of that, sorry). The pattern is super well designed and the fit was great, but I think it’s important to remember that Ottobre’s patterns are based on height, rather then chest or waist measurements. You factor all of those in when choosing a size, but for me the height measurement produces a fit that is slightly big which I like because it will fit longer. These pants were made based on her waist measurement, and they fit her perfectly right now.
Aren’t they just astronomical?? I really love them, wish there had been enough fabric for me, although heaven knows I need some stretch up in my hood. And I got over my subconscious fear of jeans! They aren’t hard. They ARE technical and detailed, but they don’t require any difficult sewing, it’s all very straight forward. I’m totally thinking about making some for myself. I scored some stretch jean for a great deal a while back, and my sister just got the latest issue of Ottobre Women and it has what looks like a really great jean pattern (#9,10). Wouldn’t that be so cool? And maybe a little sewing nerdy?? I mean, who makes their jeans? Actually, I was first inspired to make jeans when I saw Jane (who I found after she commented on my blog) totally rock a Jalie Pattern. Amazing! And would I just go for it? Would you do a muslin? Not sure.
Well, I’ll be back her tomorrow posting her backpack (I know I know, TWO days in a row!) I have about a million projects to post about, but I get so busy sewing that it’s hard to stop and blog sometimes. Well that, and I share the computer with my hubs, who doesn’t relish relinquishing his sole control of it over to me, bless his computer-loving heart.
Oh, and Happy Labor Day! Hope you don’t have to work!