Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Winter pants.

As you may recall, just thirty days ago, I was saying that Joe did not need fully lined pants because you know, it doesn't get that cold in Northern California - I mean, it's not New England, la la la de da ...

Do you have this problem where you cannot imagine any weather conditions other the ones you are experiencing right this second? If it's hot, I simply cannot imagine feeling chilly. And if I'm freezing my rear off, my mind rebels at the thought of short sleeves.

So anyway: How wrong I was! It doesn't matter that it rarely drops below freezing in Oakland, because our drafty, largely unheated Victorian runs five degrees colder than outside. (PSA: In the language of real estate agents, "charm" means no closets and cold toes.)

Enter, fully reversible corduroy/monkey flannel pants (that soft yummy flannel was a gift from my buddy Andrea - thank you!):

Monkey cords

These are the "Quick Change Pant" from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings. I love the idea of this pattern, but the fit is just not as good as my tried and true Huck Finn Pants. Joe shows a lot of cute baby plumber crack in these. Next time I will alter the patterns a little to accommodate cloth diaper butt. What's the point of cozy flannel lined pants if your crack gets chilly?

Monkey cords close up

My friends and I have been chatting about the styles available in baby clothing. For boys, everything seems to be either "preppy," "surfer dude," "athletic," or "military." (Which is more variety than girl clothes have to offer.) Don't get me started on the rigid standards of masculinity underlying each of these styles. Eesh. But this conversation has reminded me - one of the fun things about sewing clothes for your baby is that it allows you a little more freedom to dress your child in fun monkey prints (or you know, stripes), bright colors, and simple practical shapes, all of which seem to be in short supply at Babies-R-Us these days. The result is that Joe's "style" could probably be best described as "unkempt stripey handsewn vintage Sesame Street." For my part, I like children's clothes to look like children's clothes rather than mini-adult gear.

Of course, I expect Joe's style to change as Joe develops his own ideas about clothing. But for now, I have full license, as Joe's primary interest in fashion seems to be in taking his clothes off.


  1. AWESOME!!!

    children's place has some options for bright fun sesame street style...

  2. e: And don't I know it! :-) http://inderlovesfolkart.blogspot.com/2010/10/dress-your-baby-in-stripes.html

  3. LOVE. LOVE. As you know, I have largely settled on preppy out of the available styles -- but mostly to balance out the sports attire Miles is always getting from his granparents, who are coaches, and his aunt (a physical therapist) and uncle (also a coach). And, as we discussed, Miles has a lot of "metrosexual" clothes from his gay honorary uncles. But "Inder style" should be available in stores, in my opinion.


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