Saturday, November 16, 2013

Play Pants.

These had been sitting on my ironing board in a state of partial completion for several weeks - since KCW, in fact. Another pair of After School Pants for Maggie, this time in gray twill and lined in soft flannel for the chilly winter days we have in store.


Maggie and Joe like to pile the couch high with blankets and pillows, push the coffee table up to it, and use it as a kind of launching area. Joe calls it a "couch mountain." The kids love to climb up on the coffee table and then hurl themselves into the pile of softness. I love watching my kids turn ordinary objects into toys and fun adventures. It's probably not the safest activity, but that's why it's so fun!

After school pants


Maggie can be pretty tough to photograph normally, but she's especially busy and blurry when she's running around, trying to keep up with her brother, and having a ton of fun!

After school pants

This is a great basic-but-not-boring pants pattern. True to their name, they make great play pants for running around in after school, or if you're too young for school, all the time!

After school pants


I decided to topstitch every seam with light green thread, for a rugged look. This ended up being more difficult than I anticipated, because I'm having a little trouble with my machine! The bobbin thread wants to bubble and blob up at the beginning of every seam. As a result, the topstitching isn't perfect and it took forever.

As mentioned in my last blog post, I recently took my bobbin case apart and cleaned and oiled it, hoping to address this issue, but it didn't seem to work. I am still tinkering here and there thinking that maybe I can troubleshoot it, but it's possible I need to bring it into the shop. Good thing I kept my old machine as a back-up for emergencies, huh? (Steve tried to talk me into selling it, but I just couldn't do it.)


After school pants


After school pants

I didn't match up the yoke seams perfectly, and the topstitching really makes that obvious! But at that stage, struggling with my machine, I just wasn't in the mood to try to redo anything. Oh well, they are cute pants and very practical and will get tons of wear.

I lined the pants in a light green toile printed flannel. I just made a separate pair of pants, minus the pockets and topstitching, and inserted them wrong sides together into the gray twill pants. Then I treated the two fabrics as one for the waistband, and pressed the hems on each layer and topstitched them together so that the contrast fabric shows when you cuff the pants.  

Maggie being photogenic


Oh yes, there is my photogenic Maggie right there!

Some of you may remember Maggie's little top. It's a Class Picnic Blouse that I made for Maggie way back in March! This is another example of how Maggie can still wear most of her 6-12 month sized items even now (to be fair, I did add a little extra length to this blouse when I made it). But I really love this pattern, and want to make a dress from it soon. I love it in gingham with piping so much I am tempted to do another version in the same style! But next time, if I do the yoke on the bias, I will stabilize the neckline with a little twill tape to avoid the stretching out you can see here.

Well, I am slowly working through the WIPs in my pile. I still have a couple more, in addition to some longer-term projects like quilts. But I've made quite a bit of progress.

Wait a minute ... where is Maggie?

Peek-a-Maggie!


Peek-a-Maggie!


Peek-a-boo!

6 comments:

  1. These pants look perfect to me! Sarah just received a lovely picnic blouse from a friend, I will have to make her the afterschool pants with the flannel lining it for her now!

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  2. That makes such an adorable outfit on her. Great balance of girliness with rough-n-tumble. I hope you get your machine sorted out! One of mine is jammed at the moment and I can't help thinking it's something really simple but I just can't find it.

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  3. what a cute little outfit! i love this blouse so much on M (and have similarish fabric on my sewing table right now!). the pants are fantastic, too. as are joe's pjs. i loved reading about your nightly routine. made we want to get my downward dog on. :)

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  4. I want to jump into a couch mountain! And Maggie is just super cute and you're right about the gingham top... i would do another one just like that!

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  5. She is cute!
    PS If my topstitching doesn't match when I sew the back seam I have been known to 'join' them up by stitching in the middle..... (shhhh)

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