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Pants pants pants

Mr. Baby needed some pants so I tried out some baby pants patterns last fall.

Same basic shape – two pieces and an elastic waist. Started with gray stuff from the stash to try them out and finished two wearable muslins. I cut size L / 18 mos for both.

For knits:

s1546 baby outerwear copy

Decently basic gray waffle knit. I think this fabric’s from Gaffney’s.

pants O gray waffle knit s1546 size L 18 mos

Stitched and zig-zag finished on good old Singer Stylist 776.

pants O gray waffle knit s1546 size L 18 mos

In truth, the fabric will make better shorts for summer than pants.

Then for wovens:

S1564 baby separates copy

Using some distressed gray bottomweight cotton also from a pile. I wonder if it was waxed at some point? It emerged from the washing machine with interesting lines and marks on it.

My search for a flat-front baby pants pattern for 12-18 mos turned up zilch. (This freebie’s available once he’s a size 2-3.)

I gave it a try though on this pattern, marking the waist at each side and stitching the elastic casing just across the back part.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos
Top-stitched a fake-o fly because it looks cute.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

In retrospect, should have marked the waist at about 1″ toward the front from the exact side, because now the flat part wraps farther around than it should.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

Also should had placed the pockets more toward the front than right at the exact side point since they’re now skewed toward the back.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

Live and learn. Both are decent everyday pants for Mr. Baby to wear.

And now I know how they fit.

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Long dress all done

Took a beloved T-shirt pattern and lengthened it into a solid gray dress I will wear all spring.

gray long dress

Raglan sleeves, nice scoop neck that’s not too deep, long length, ruching around bumpy middle. That part photographs terribly:

gray long dress

And I did the hem with a band I sewed onto the dress’ wrong side at the bottom so there’s texture.

The style was inspired by a thrifted wool-blend dress that went down to my feet. And there’s enough old gray Gaffney’s knit leftover to make something else.

And refashions, too

More inspiration for spring:

Gray paisley silk, pristine condition. Must cut down to something sharp. It’s really a giant dress, with covered buttons.

gray silk paisley

Purple heather knit. Already an awful ugly T-shirt.

purple heather knit

How to…widen sleeveless shoulders into cap sleeves

You know, for when you don’t want to be that naked. Which for me is almost always. I turned this bodice into cap sleeves with a few little lines. I’ve done this a few times now (once for this dress), and it’s really not hard. So you trace the front and back bodice pieces as you would, skipping the armhole curve. You mark the underarm, you know, where you’d cut it for sleeveless. Can you see the purple marker dots at the top and under the arm? McCall's 6164 making sleeve Then you basically draw a line out from the shoulder, extending it straight. And you draw another line up from the outermost point of the underarm, where you’d start the side seam. (This picture shows the other side.) McCall's 6164 making sleeve Sew the shoulder seam as directed in the pattern instructions. Sew the side seam also as directed, leaving the sleeve hole open. Hem that however you like to hem sleeves. Since this is knit, I basted 5/8″ along the raw edge, folded over on the basting, and stitched. Left the seam allowance as is. Knits won’t unravel. McCall's 6164 T Voila— cap sleeves.

McCall’s t-shirt in white stuff

McCall's 6164 fabric close up

Turns out there wasn’t quite enough fabric in a flecked white knit remnant to make this whole top, A, (pink) with the very gathered sleeves, or even shorter gathered sleeves.

But. The fit of this top is amazing. So’s the scoop neck.

I wondered, could I lengthen the sleeveless shoulders into cap sleeves, and skip the added sleeve?

Yes.

McCall's 6164 T

I made a few other alterations. Added several inches to the bottom, taking the length as far as the fabric would go. And instead of trying a narrow hem at the top, I took a lesson from this McCall’s tunic neck and cut a band with a raw edge to attach.

McCall's 6164 neck inside

Sewed it in, finished the seam, pressed in place, topstitched on the right side.

McCall's 6164 neck

Fabric’s from the Vogue Fabrics warehouse sale in December 2010. Don’t know what I paid for the chunk by itself since I walked out with a pile @$3.00/pound.

Alas, I don’t think this bit had a tag. So I don’t know what it is, where it’s from or how to get more.

Almost out of old dress for new dress

I cut out the outer pieces first from this Lorac Original, division of Lady Carol size 16 dress:

Key when cutting from very limited source.

Front. Back. Rectangles for front yoke. Back facing (see?).

This is all that’s left.


The front facing will be tight. I’m going to have to unpick the placket. Which is already interfaced. And if it doesn’t work… time to dive in the scrap bin.

What if I said ‘F that zipper’?

And just sew up the back?

I’m making this Simplicity 3506 dress from this other little knit thrifted dress.

And I ended up cutting the front of the Simplicity from the front of a shirtdress with buttons halfway up the front. Only one button and buttonhole survived, but one button and buttonhole still function.


So I sewed up the center back to the notch as written. Sewed the shoulders, pressed seam allowances flat and then, Aha!

What if I don’t have to insert a zipper up the back? What if the V-neck of the dress combined with the buttoned up placket of the fabric were enough to poke my fat head through? Like I just sewed it up neatly, like this?


Goddamnit, I think that’ll do. I think it’ll work.

F that zipper now!