Tuesday, 12 October 2010

when you've got no clean clothes....

do you:

(a) stay home and wear your pyjamas while waiting for the clothes to dry;
(b) wear dirty clothes out; or
(c) sew some more clothes?

Answer: (c) of course!

I had a massively busy weekend and didn't get a chance to do any washing. Since Anna seems to be going through about 5 changes of clothes a day, I realised last night that she didn't have any clean pants to wear to day care today. So while I was waiting for her clothes to go through a wash cycle, I made her a new pair of pants. Really, they were so quick to make that I finished them before the washing machine even stopped spinning.

They are just simple pull on pants with an elastic waistband, made from McCalls 9407 which is a pattern for baby sized clothes, but I found if I just made the legs longer the pants fit Anna perfectly because this pattern is for super baggy pants. Plus I didn't get to use this pattern when she actually was a baby, so it's good to get some use out of it now!

Besides being quick and simple to sew, the other good thing is that so little fabric is required to make these! I used a leftover bit of fabric from this dress that I made a while back, it's a wool/lycra blend that is stretchy but not scratchy and looks great in a geek chic kind of way:



And did you spot the pattern matching on the side and front seams in those photos above? I have become a master at it, thanks to all my practice on the stripey jacket I'm (still) making.

Part of our busy weekend included being in this crowd:

Image from here.

having breakfast on this:

image from here

We were lucky enough to win tickets to the Breakfast on the Bridge event, and spent early Sunday morning sitting on a picnic blanket on freshly laid turf eating croissants where normally 6 lanes of traffic would be whizzing by. It was pretty densely packed in, as you might imagine:


which is not how us Aussies like to picnic - we like our space! And then it rained for a short while, and a little person wasn't too happy about it:


and after two short hours we all had to leave so the bridge could be returned to its proper function as a busy roadway:
but it was certainly something different and exciting to be a part of.

I'm travelling to one our rural offices for work tomorrow, so hopefully I can repoort back with some more op shopping finds!

9 comments:

  1. That was such a kewl idea to have a picnic on the bridge and I'm glad you got to be a part of it! Those little pants are really cute and really fast. I made dozens of them over the years and I'm sure you will too!

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  2. Being a 'Melbournite' (ie from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) I always wonder about having a breakfast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The view must be amazing. I always have a laugh about the fake grass though but it would be horrible without it. Pants are ultra stylish on your little girl. Good luck op-shopping!

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  3. I love the geek-chic pants. Your daughter is so cute!

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  4. Those pants are so cute. A couple of years ago I walked over the bridge. That was fun.

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  5. The kids size pull-on pants are such a godsend. They sew up fast and you can use remnants. When my daughter was wee-wee I could even use my old clothes to scratch fabric from, but now that she is five she has grown too tall. Sigh.

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  6. She looks ready to go to work in those pants! Good job!

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  7. Those pants are so cute! The first thing I noticed was how perfectly the pattern matched at the seams (something I still need more practice with), great job!

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  8. Don't those wee pants look cute- I want to sew some for my grandbaby. She is about the same size, and has a doll stroller too.

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