Posts Tagged ‘ red ’

Baby pants with pockets: A Christmas rehearsal

Mr. Baby was going to wear shorts for Christmas. This was certain. Ideally, they’d have flat fronts.

Flat-front baby pants, though, are hard to come by. So by December, I turned to eBay for this out of print number, Simplicity 2907, thinking these might actually be flat front. Or maybe it’d be easy enough to make the fronts flat using the technique from the above freebie since these pants are made from four pieces instead of two.

S2907

I had to try them out. I pulled some red corduroy from the stash that came years ago from the Ravenswood Manor yard sale.

I love them.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

I cut the pattern as directed. When the instructions wanted the tiny pocket edges hemmed, I decided to line them with some cotton scraps so they’d have smoother, cleaner lines.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Lining in general was a smart move. But choosing black and white polka dots for the red pants was perhaps a misstep. Really cute print but shows more than I like.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Carefully topstitched the pockets, the leg seams, the hems.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

My mister wonders if they’re too much for Mr. Baby to pull off? From what I know about this small person, there’s no way. Thinking to put them on him with a white printed shirt and some sweet black hightop Chuck Taylors.

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Around the amaryllis

Got back from Philadelphia (and Gaffney’s!) to find this guy. Took his photo all around.

amaryllis march 2011

amaryllis march 2011

amaryllis march 2011

Ack!

Melted my dress front, bodice.

s 2360 bodice melted

Iron too hot.

Maybe can be saved.

With lots of topstitching

s 2360 bodice melted topstitched

Can you tell?!?!?!

Just a muslin…

Time for a brooch.

Wearable muslin in progress

This dress falls under the manifesto. Simple, V-necked, cap sleeves, waist to it.

And it looks adorable. Also, its small pieces should let me cut it out from old giant silk dresses I find everywhere at the thrifts — the front and back alone would fit on old full sleeves.

So I started a version from some old red synthetic stuff I bought at Gaffney’s years and years ago. Discovered that I used said chunk for binding or something, so it’s missing a triangle.

dress s 2360 tight fit

Let me tell you that took some careful cutting including much repositioning and some profanity. I ended up folding the selvedges into the center fold to have enough fold to cut on.

dress s 2360 close fit

I’m making the short sleeved version, V-neck of course, without any fuss on it.

If the dress works on me, I have some ideas…

Carol Horn, you read my mind

vogue

Carol Horn, this dress is spectacular.

The bodice is low cut yet substantial. Princess seaming should harness all my assets.

Can you see the top front? The center piece is all skinny, the rest of the bosom comes from a separate little part that wraps around to the back. Topstitching will provide extra support. I cut the short version.

vogue close

I’ve had this red polyester with some sort of tulip print stamped on for ages, probably for as long as I’ve had the pattern. You know I got it on half price day, too, at the Markham thrift for more than two yards of 60″ wide stuff.

red polyester thrifted
I decided to cut it tulip side down after much indecision.
red polyester fabric texture

Couldn’t wait to give this a shot. It cut and sewed so beautifully.

red polyester dress layout

Zipper went right in, same for the facing. Only guess what? The damn thing fits everywhere but my bosom. And since it’s not a traditional princess fit – there’s that extra part that wraps around, I don’t even know how to fix it.

Lousy bosom’s wrecking all my fun anymore.

A T-shirt from…pants?!

Thrilled with the first T-shirt success, I started thinking. And remembered these red velour pants handed down from the same cousin who gave me this gem.

The seams could have been a problem…

pants red velour

But the fabric is so lustrous and has a little stretch…

pants-red-velour-before

…so the lines could go down the middle of a T-shirt, right?

Yup. Here’s a long fitted T-shirt made from a pair of secondhand velour pants.

red-velour-pants-T-shirt

The lines came out straight down the back, too.

red-velour-pants-T-shirt-back

I just can’t quite get the hand of the neck band.

red-velour-pants-T-shirt-neck

DIY T-shirt from a turtleneck

The big kids’ T-shirt pattern I bought (the one w the hoodie) fits me after all. Looked like it was going to be a tight squeeze, but the final dimensions are a touch bigger than listed on the pattern. And I don’t mean the size dimensions, either, I mean the finished garment ones.

Look!

top-leopard-knit

Banged out a sample Saturday from a super giant ladies’ top whose leopard I liked. Thrifted that thing at least a year ago for like $1, thinking there’d be an easy way to suck it in. I swore I took a picture when I got it. Alas.

top-leopard-knit-tag

Turns out there’s no redeeming a mock turtle. Cut that sucker up and lined up the pattern pieces.

top-leopard-knit-traced

top-leopard-knit-facings

top-leopard-knit-cut

The only little glitch was that I couldn’t quite get the long raglan sleeves cut from the top’s standard sleeves. So I made short sleeves instead.

Sewed it all up pretty quickly, zig-zag style.

top-leopard-knit-sewing

top-leopard-knit-hem pinned

top-leopard-knit-hem

(I got lazy and didn’t pin enough. Crooked hem serves me right.)
top-leopard-knit-lazy pinning

Sweet! Ok, I still need to work on necks, getting the V point in the binding just right.

top-leopard-neck 1st try

But otherwise, it worked so well, I can’t get raglan T-shirts out of my head.

Am thinking of the many possibilities to be made from two shirts, or one shirt plus fabric – plus small scraps, really.

Or pants?