Are you just bursting with excitement and anticipation? I KNEW it! Remember this fabric from the previous post?I told you when I picked it up that I had an idea for a refashion. My idea was to make matching mommy, Evie pj pants! Cute, right? Well, I had made some toddler pants before but I never really loved how they turned out... then earlier this year I found this tutorial from Dana at the awesome/inspiring blog MADE. (If you've never visited her blog, I highly recommend it!) When I found her tutorial on how to make your own pattern and steps for sewing some cute kid pants that look store bought, I thought "hey, now that looks pretty simple", so I jumped right in and made a pair. Ok, that's totally a BIG LIE! I think originally, I found the tutorial back at the beginning of summer and was going to do the shorts version... you know, for summer. I had already drawn up the patterns for the pants and for long shorts (because they look so stinkin' cute on Evie) and a few days ago, I pulled out the pj set, tried the bottoms on me which fit besides being "high waters" (that's Iowa lingo for short pants) and then set about fitting the pattern pieces on the shirt for Evie's pants. Because this is a woman's medium set, I had to go with the long short pattern and decided to make them a bit longer - capri length - I would add a ruffle at the bottom in a complimenting color. I also, figured that since my pants are too short anyways, that for another project I will shorten them and add a ruffle as well for the matching set I was hoping for originally. Eventually ;)
The pants came together really quickly. It started to slow down a bit when I got into figuring out how I wanted to do the ruffle at the bottom. I chose red cotton and cut strips that were about 2x as wide as the bottom of the leg to be able to ruffle. They were also twice as tall as I wanted so I could fold them over (you could also just do a hem on the bottom and use less fabric). Then, I decided to pleat them instead of gathering the ruffle (truth be told, I just don't like gathering fabric). After making the fabric into tubes I measured out how much extra I had, about 4 inches flat (or 8 inches total) and divided it into 8 different pleats of about an inch each, then pinned and did a basting stitch to hold it in place so I could pin and sew it to the leg, then I topstitched it down.
Done, right? Well, maybe not... I have a bunch of 24 month long sleeve carters onsies that I had gotten when Evie was 2 to make cute shirts for her... yeah, didn't get done. So, after making such cute jammie pants, I thought "these need a cute shirt to match, then she'll have a set!" I grabbed one of the onsies tried it on her (sadly they still fit even though she is going to be 4 in less than 5 months, they are actually way longer than her torso) marked the length and then hacked it off with my rotary cutter. Then after a couple tries got a bottom hem done that matches the sleeve hems. Though, next time I am going to use a double needle... I found this tutorial for using double needles for knit fabric too late this time! My original idea was to do an applique with some of the frog fabric and maybe a heart from the red fabric, but after cutting them out and trying to get them arranged on the shirt, I just thought they looked
stupid ok, so we don't use that word, but they looked bad. Definitely not like something I would pay money for. So, back to the drawing board. Then, I thought what about painting something on the shirt to match? I drew up a larger image of the frog's head as decided by myself and my husband then I jumped on the computer and did some searches for using acrylic paint on fabric and found that it is generally said that it will be stiff and crack unless you use a fabric tempering medium to mix in... well, I am on a tight budget so was hoping to use things I already have. I have a variety of "puffy fabric paint" and some craft acrylic paint too. I didn't have the green in the fabric paint so I decided to do a test run on a scrap t-shirt of white puff paint mixed with green craft paint... it worked :)
|that little oval is the applique I was going to put on the shirt|
Pretty cute, no? Yes :) So, the next morning, I show this to Evie. The conversation goes something like this:
Me: "What do you think?"
Me: "What do you think of it with the pants?"
Evie: looks it over, then "it needs legs. It's supposed to match those ones (on the pants)"
Me: wishing I hadn't drawn attention to it "so I need to paint a body on it too?"
Me: back to the drawing board. Literally.
|This is what happens when I say "strike a pose" oh, goodness!|