Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Plaid Sailboat Pants.

Just stopping in briefly to share my latest sewing project: a pair of plaid Sailboat Pants for my friend E.'s daughter. E. and her family will be visiting the Bay Area from Denver, Colorado later this week, and I hope the see them this weekend!

I think these are pretty rockin' in plaid.

Plaid Sailboat Pants.


These did not go together quite as easily as the last pair. First there was the cutting. I convinced myself I was matching the plaids pretty well, but when I went to sew the pants together, it was pretty obvious that I had no idea what I was talking about. I think it's high time I sat down with some sewing books and read up on matching stripes and plaids. In the meantime, we'll just pretend that "plaid matching" is  not something we care about, shall we? Works for me.

Then there was the fabric itself. This soft cotton is absolutely luxurious, almost like pajamas. It's also impossible to rip seams out of, is inclined to snag, and does not take to buttonholes very well. Even my vintage buttonholer attachment seemed to be having a difficult time with this stuff. (By the way, check out this recent post on MalePatternBoldness about his attachment to vintage buttonholer attachments, including one just like the one I use!)

But I persevered, and the result was a pretty smashing pair of plaid pants, if I may say so myself.

Of course I used red buttons. Red buttons make everything better.
 
Plaid Sailboat Pants, detail.


Next up: Something for meeeeeeeeeeee! I'm super excited. Here's a hint.

13 comments:

  1. Red buttons DO make everything better. I agree.

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    1. It is one of those rare but important constants in life.

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  2. Oh they are so lovely. What a lucky girl. I hope she appreciates just how much work went into them ;)

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    1. Thank you! I don't think almost three year olds appreciate the work that goes into handmade clothing (although I know my almost three year old does appreciate the whirring machinery involved!), but I did hear from her mom that she really likes plaid, so hopefully they'll be a hit!

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  3. smashing indeed! love, love love.

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  4. What? It looks like the plaid lines up perfectly to me! I was actually marveling at it before I read your post!

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    1. Just don't look at the back, where I am thinking that the elasticized bottom will cover up a lot of issues!

      Seriously, I got the horizontal axis lined up okaaaaaaay, but the vertical is not even close. Luckily, not too big a thing. I would like to figure out how to do it properly some day.

      But hey, thanks!

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  5. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! LOVE!!

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  6. They came out lovely! Love the colors in that plaid. I agree about the red buttons. Can't wait to see YOUR project :)

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  7. Hey! The little miss LOVED the pants. They are her pants of choice whenever they are clean. And she LOVES the red buttons, on which she practices her buttoning skills. And she especially LOVES that her good friend Inder made them.

    Thank you!!!!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad that Ms. E herself approves, since she is my most important audience! (Okay, yes, I do still make clothes for my friend's kids with my friends' tastes in mind, but it definitely matters whether the toddlers themselves approve, as I have learned to my regret when sewing for Joe!)

      It's adorable that she practices on the buttons, which are actually kind of pointless and could easily be made just decorative (since the elastic is enough to get the pants on and off). I'm glad they serve some use! Cheers.

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