This is the project that took up most of my maternity leave. Not because it was hard, mind you, but because I kept trying to work in three minute increments with a tiny baby in the house. I'm still trying to figure that whole thing out ...
Anyway! Matching pants for my friends Robin and Melissa's little guy Miles and their little guy on the way. Miles' third birthday was a week ago, and his little brother is expected any day now. They live in Brooklyn, where they have real seasons, so I figured some nice autumnal corduroy pants were in order.
I tried a new pattern for Miles' pants - the "Little Heartbreaker Pants" from Sewing For Boys, by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage. These pants have a lovely, old-fashioned trouser silhouette: high, pleated waist, wide legs, and deep cuffs. I think they have a 1930s gangster vibe (some suspenders would look cute!). Sewing-wise, they were pretty straightforward, if a bit fiddly. But the hardest part was that Miles lives in Brooklyn, so I couldn't try them on him to make sure they fit! I did have a few measurements to work from, but it's always hard sewing for a little person you haven't seen for months.
Yes, the tiny pair are Big Butt Baby Pants with a contrasting orange bottom. Miles and his little brother will be styling for Thanksgiving!
Thank goodness, Miles' pants fit him perfectly! Melissa sent me these adorable photos of Miles posing. With a block. Of course! And here is the back.
Eek! These are so cute!! I totally cut out a pair of pinstriped ones for Joe, which will probably take me another three months to sew.
After sewing up those corduroy Big Butt pants for Miles' brother, I decided that Maggie needed a pair of orange cord pants too. I even busted out a scrap of my precious orange faux-bois so that she could have woodgrain butt. Woodgrain butt!! Gah.
In other orange-related news, check out these pumpkins we grew! They're huge!! They are a French heirloom variety called Rouge Vif e’Etampes, or French Cinderella Pumpkins, because they look like the pumpkins that Cinderella's carriage was magically made from.
The vegetable garden is winding down as we move from summer into Indian
summer (which is undoubtedly the best time of year in the San Francisco
Bay Area) into autumn. The tomatoes are still producing here and there and the basil is still glorious,
but in general, everything looks messy and terrible back there. It's just that time.
But we are going to
have the best Jack o'Lanterns ever this year.