Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Tutorial Post

Seriously, things have been CRAZY  around here.  The hubby hurt himself and is down for a while - which means I have both him and Baby Girl to take care of.  Doesn't leave much time for fun things, like blogging and crafting.  Unfortunately.

However, she's momentarily occupied in her Jeep Walker and he's watching Nascar. Both have had lunch so I've got a few minutes. 

I apologize for how long it's taken me to get this post on here.  For those of you with bambinos - or have friends with bambinos - here's a great tutorial for using a long-sleeved shirt to make baby pants.  The shirt I used was a Junior's Large - the sleeves weren't very wide at the top.  A man's long-sleeved T will work better for bigger babies.  Baby Girl is in 12 month clothes and these pants are barely fitting now (hence the reason to "upcycle" what you already have!). 

The best thing about using a T?  You use the hems of the sleeves for hems for the pants!  One less step!

A note:  Make sure that the sleeves of whatever shirt you are using  are considerably longer than your babies legs.  Unless, of course, you intend on making capris or shorts!

And we're off:

Turn your long-sleeved T inside out and line up the sleeve of the T based upon the inside seam.  You may want to press your T at this point.

I then decided to cut the sleeve off the T, on a level line, directly underneath the armpit seam. This makes the material much easier to handle.

Find a pair of pants that fits your bambino correctly.  We will be using these as a cutting guide. Line the pants up with the sleeve along the bottom and the inside seam. 

Make sure the crotch of your guide pants lines up with the side seam - we will be cutting here. Also, give yourself at least 1" at the top of the sleeve to allow for the waistband. (My cut wasn't so straight here).

Make a small cut into the sleeve where the seams of your guide pants meet - allow an extra 1/4" to 1/2" for seam allowance.

Using the guide pants, cut a "J" out of the side with the seam.  You will need to ensure that you don't cut too deep or your pants will be too tight around the booty area. 

Repeat with other sleeve. I simply laid my "J" piece on the other sleeve, lining up seams, and then cut.

This should now be your pants legs:

Turn one leg right-side out.

Place the right-side out leg into the wrong-side out leg.

Line up the seams.

Pin the "U".

Sew from the first arrow to the second arrow. You may want to reinforce at the center crotch seam for added durability.  Serge or finish the edges.

Pull the inside leg out so the pants are still wrong-side out.  Line up your new seams so that they are to the left and right.  If you desire to create a longer backside (to prevent any plumber's crack), line a ruler at the backside and slightly angle it downward (I used 1").

Cut this piece off.

The backside of the pants will now be slightly taller than the front. Mark the front and the back - this will be helpful later!

Serge or finish the raw edge.  This will prevent the fabric from rolling.

Now it is time to make the waistband. Fold the top of the pants over approximately 1" or however much you left compared to the guide pants.

Now we will sew around the bottom of the fabric, making a casing.  Do NOT sew completely around.  Leave a gap to run the elastic through. You will want to sew back and forth at the beginning and end.

At this point, I realized I forgot to mark my front from my back - so Baby Girl's pants have the opening at the front and not the back. Whoops!

Cut your elastic based upon your baby's waist size.  Add at least 1" for sewing the ends together. Using a safety pin or bodkin, thread your elastic through the casing.

Pin the two ends together.

Sew using a zig-zag stitch until you feel it is secure. Sew up the opening.

Your Pants Are Finished!


I'd love to see any completed projects!  And let me know if something wasn't clear - just comment and I'll answer so anyone else who is facing the same issue can also see the answer. Thanks and enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Momentary Pause

Sorry that it's been so long since I've posted - and this will be a short one at that.  It came to my attention a few days ago that someone who reads this blog (not publicly as a friend), has been ridiculing my family for the things I post about on this blog.  Not that I personally think there is anything to make fun of...But these are those kind of people.  You know them.  You deal with them too.  The kind of people who are so sad and bored in their own lives that they find comfort in tearing down others. 

Unfortunately, this person has caused no end of trouble in our family (close and extended).  This incident caused me to momentarily consider not blogging any longer.  After several discussions with the hubby, we decided to continue.  I refuse to allow this person - or any person like this - to run my life. 

So I shall be carrying on...

Hopefully tomorrow or early next week I'll post that tutorial.  Sorry for the delay!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Arrival

No, we're not expecting again - yet anyway. 

In The Field:  My Love got a new toy - well new to us.  A 2009 combine and header. 

 If you didn't know, our family (meaning myself, My Love, and Baby Girl) farm with my hubby's family - his brother's family and his parents.  His parents have most of the land, but both My Love and his brother have land of their own.  Neither his brother nor us could afford something like this on our own - so we split the cost with the parents, based on acreage.  We used to have 2 combines - a 1981 and a 1996 - OLD!  Unfortunately, it's hard to find good workers around here so we needed one larger combine instead of 2 smaller combines.  Plus, this new baby will do the same work those other 2 combines did at the same time- with less fuel!  It is also more efficient in the seed cleaning process - meaning we won't lose as much wheat when we combine. 

What is it they say about men?  Boys love their toys- they just get more expensive as they grow up?

In The Garden:  I finally got around to getting my seeds started for our spring garden.

Here's a view of what we're planting:

I only start some of my seeds inside - we plant the squash, okra, and cucumber seeds directly into the garden soil when it warms up.  So yesterday I started the cilantro and basil, bell peppers and tomatillos.  I also started several varieties of tomatoes - some hybrid (Heinz 1498 and Yellow Pear) and some heirloom (Cherokee Purple, Box Car Willie, and Black Krim).  There's nothing I love more than a home-grown tomato.  I can hardly wait - my mouth is watering...YUM!

On The BookshelfPillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. 
Really wonderful book.  I had never read this author before - a friend recommended this book.  Apparently Follett writes thrillers so this was a departure for him.  If you love epic novels, this is a must-read.  It is set in the 12th century in England and follows the construction of a cathedral.  Very believable characters - a monk, a builder, a wily and devious earl - be prepared for romance, murder, intrigue, battle - all the hallmarks of an amazing story.

On The Crafting Table:  Update - sorry, I haven't had time to get the tutorial up yet - but it is coming, I promise!  I am working on the 2nd of two peasant dresses for a friend of mine - hoping to have it done today or tomorrow at the latest.  I'll post pics when it's finished!

This was my weekend to work The Fig Leaf thrift store in Eden and I scored some great finds!  Mostly clothes with lots of fabric that I can reconstruct for play clothes for Baby Girl this summer.  I found an awesome size 22 women's skirt that will be perfect for a pair of pants for Baby Girl - and the cost - $.50.  Hard to beat!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Peasant Dress #2 and a top for myself!

On The Crafting Table:  Do you remember the pictures of that fabric I was going to use to make more peasant dresses?  Well, one of them is finished! 
Pretty Snazzy, huh?  I love these prints together!  Notice the fun brown ball fringe on the zebra ruffle - what's not to love about ball fringe???

As much as I love the look of the shirring at the top of this dress (and the piggy peasant dress), I think I'm going to have to add straps as well.  The layers of ruffles at the bottom of the dress really pull down the top - no little girl needs that!  I think some small straps will keep things covered - and the dress will still be super-cute even if the sleeves fall off the shoulders.

I am so in love with peasant tops/dresses right now.  Maybe because they're so easy and so comfy.  No restraining bodices, buttons, zippers.  So I decided to make a little top for myself.  Very summery.  I didn't have a pattern, so I just made it up as I went.  The next time I'll make the armholes a little larger - but overall, I love it.  Sure makes me think of a picnic on a sunny day.
This is really cute off the shoulders too.  That's probably how I'll wear it most of the time - Baby Girl has a tendency to pull on everything! 

And I've got a preview for you!  I just completed my first tutorial (meaning I made something else all on my own and took  pics of the process so you can do it too!). 

Problem:  Baby Girl has grown out of most of her winter clothes.  Although it really isn't winter around here right now - 75 and sunny outside (gotta love Texas weather).  The days aren't quite warm enough for little rompers and sunsuits - but too warm for corduroy.  I flat refuse to spend money on clothes she'll wear for 2 months.  Her Nana bought her some sweet long-sleeved onesies from Carter's but we have no bottoms to match.

Solution:  Make my own!  I found an old t-shirt I never wear anymore.  I chopped off the long sleeves and made them into a pair of pants for her!  I'll use the remainder of the t-shirt (body and part of the sleeve) for a sweet summer dress later.  Here's a pic. 

Be tuned in later for a tutorial to make your own baby pants out of old long-sleeved t-shirts!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Not So New Pillows and a Dress Order!

On The Crafting Table:  Sewing.  Imagine that.  :)  I have been so bored with the throw pillows we have on the couch.  They never were quite right...but at $8 for 2 (and they are down-filled), I lived with them.  However, I now realize why they were $4 each - take a look at the unravelling in the upper corner...ugh.

So I went in search of a quick tutorial for making a throw pillow cover.  Check out: 
Love this site!  She has a super-simple tutorial on making an envelope cover - no zippers or hand-stitching required!  I love that it is so simple and so easy to just pull them off and throw them in the wash (necessary in a house with 2 cats and a baby!). 
I found this fun vintage print fabric at a thrift store (Waverly from back in the day), and it just goes perfectly in my living room.  I had never sewn on trim before - this was my first experience with the zipper foot on my sewing machine.  Man it was simple!  I love how these turned out - what do you think?

Do you see how easy the back is?   This pillow is just like the shams on your bed - shove the pillow in one side, then the other - done!  A little bit of sunshine in the living room now.

AND - I got an order for 2 of my peasant dresses...remember this?

Now I'm making 2 in these fabrics - I'll definitely upload pics when they're done!