Friday, August 13, 2010

More baby pants.

August has been very busy for me. Mostly busy with what I like to call "work work." You know, the work I get paid to do. Last week I flew to Los Angeles, gave a presentation, and wrote a ten page memo. This week, I revised the ten page memo at least a million times, turned it in, researched a ton of random stuff, and went to a really long Planning Commission meeting. 

And Joe's one-year-molars appear to be like the Himalayas - one sharp crag cutting through after another, as far as the eye can see.

Needless to say, not a lot of breadmaking, sprouting, pie-baking, or sleeping going on in these parts lately.

Cute cloth diaper butt.
So don't ask me where I found the time to make orange faux bois pants for Joe. I'm pretty sure I stole the time from my already depleted sleep-account.

But, you see, Joe really needed some fake wood grain pants.  I think these make Joe's legs look like campy 1970s fake orange knotty logs. Oh, they make me so happy.

For this pair, I used the "Huck Finn Pants" pattern from Heather Ross' book Weekend Sewing. There are some serious problems with this pattern. For one thing, the back and front pattern pieces are labeled incorrectly - the back is called the front and vice versa. Also, according to the Fourth Rule of Thermodynamics, it's not possible to top-stitch both the side seams and the inseam of a pair of pants.

So although these are really easy to make, this is probably not a great pattern for a beginner, because it's, um, wrong, and the instructions are, um, bad (I mean this in the nicest possible way). But I worked around the mistakes and the pants turned out great. Next time I will make the butt a little roomier to accommodate Joe's big cloth diapers. I like the wide legs and flood-length. (Joe says: "Perfect for splashing in the dog's water bowl!")

No pants in this (too-dark) shot, but you can see the cute Hebrew alphabet tee that Rebecca got for Joe in Israel.
The fabric is a soft but sturdy cotton twill, and I wish I had bought ten yards of it instead of two. It turns out you can never have too much orange fake wood grain fabric. Who knew?

And here is Joe, modeling his new pants while demonstrating his pull-up abilities (sorry for the blurry photo). Is he a little athlete or what? (Heaven help us, the child can do a pull-up.)


  1. Wow, pull-ups.I am certain Joe is going to make short work of our feeble attempts to child proof, and I can't wait to see him in action! And the pants are killing me with envy. I wish you had jillions of yards of the cloth so I could beg you to make Miles some of these pants. SO CUTE. OUCH-level cute.

  2. I've been trolling the internet looking for more of the stuff, so Miles might be in luck!

  3. holy crap. pull ups. you are doomed. and I mean that in the cutest possible way.

  4. I love, love, love those pants!

  5. I should be packing, uh, which I've done no of and uh, flight in 36 hours!

    How adorable are those woody, orange, puffy log of legs? Damn! I just want to make a HUGE sandwich out of him! LOL!

    A pull-up? Oh my Lord! Love that image! Big kisses to the little guy. Love the photos and blog! You rock!

    katie, a.k.a. Mimi to Jojo!

  6. Thanks guys! If I may say so, I think these faux bois pants are my favorite pair of baby pants I've made yet!! Truly, I wish I had faux bois fabric in every color of the rainbow!

    Katie: I know, right?!! Joe got a flea bit recently, and it's like, that sucks, but you really can't blame the flea. Joe is so, so tasty and delectable.


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