Sewing With My Head Instead Of My Heart


The vast majority of the time I pick projects with my heart rather than my head.

I make summer dresses in the middle of winter.
I make kids' pants out of fabrics that need to be hand washed.
I sew projects that I love but that my daughter is less than enthusiastic about.

I sew things because I love them.

But with winter here and a definite chill in the air (otherwise known as - "it is freaking freezing around here lately, people!!"), it became abundantly clear that I needed to pick some projects out of necessity because when O put on a pair of her pants the other day, this is how they fit.

And for the record, these used to be full-length pants.

So out came the basic pocket pants pattern from Growing Up Sew Liberated (I love this pattern) and out came whatever bottom-weight fabrics I managed to find in my stash.

The first pair are made out a lightweight denim and because I'm a big copy-cat I ended up using the reverse side of the denim as the contrasting fabric, just as they did with the sample in the book.  I did leave off the cuff though and just traced a larger size for length to make up for the missing cuff.  I also ended up keeping the front of the waist flat, only putting elastic in the back portion of the pants.  I love the look of a flat front but appreciate having the elastic in the back for comfort and for a better fit on growing kiddos.  And I'd like to thank Oliver and S patterns for introducing me to this option.

The second pair are made out of some leftover fabric from a project that's still sitting unfinished next to my machine.  The green is twill fabric and the pink is lightweight corduroy - both just from Joann Fabrics.  Yes, the color combo is completely crazy but that's what you get when you're trying to avoid buying new fabric (thanks very much to my December credit card bill for encouraging me not to hit up any local fabric stores for new fabric).

Now can I get a woot-woot for pants that actually fit?


Alrighty then.


  1. Heho, both those pairs are awesome and I love the green and pink combo. Very professional looking Carolyn! :-)
    Man, mighty cold this morning. Our gauge said 23 degrees! I haven't run for almost a week because of the cold and the funny air hanging around our noses....

  2. those are cute and totally in line with the pop color trend this year! I have the book maybe I should try to make the pants!

  3. -2 was the high here yesterday. I'm huddling with the kids and we aren't leaving the house! ah winter. Love your pants gonna have to check out the pattern.

  4. somebody growed! it is so cold where i am too! very cute pants and i am sure her cold ankles thank you! ;) xoxo

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    1. I'm the 4th comment and nobody else said woot whoot... that's weird if you ask me! OR maybe I'm just weird!

  6. Woot woot! Glad you've clothed the poor foundering children... ;o)

  7. Cuuuuute! I am right in the middle of making my daughter a very practical January sundress. That's what turtlenecks and leggings are for, right?

  8. These are adorable! I have that book too but have yet to make a thing from it. Thanks for the nudge :)

  9. woot woot for the awesome looking pants!

  10. Cute! I love that pattern too. Ah, I owe both of my children practical warm clothing, but as they seem to be drowning in non-hand-mades these days, I'm going to sew something for myself instead!

  11. Regardless of how they fit, those button-front sailor pants are TOO ADORABLE for words!!

  12. Katerina - the cousin30.9.13

    Well... for A, the little summer dress you made was beautiful! And we would love something for winter - that seems to be approaching even in Greece...


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