I initially started this refashion seven months ago, but shoved it in a cupboard when I couldn’t make it work. Thankfully the space helped me do a rethink. Continue reading
I love it when family and friends clean out their wardrobes. I can’t help but hover like a seagull at a picnic. So when a family member offered me these pants, I swooped.
The idea was to take an old pair of Hubby’s pants and by keeping the existing fly and button, create a cool pair of pants for our Little Man. Would’ve been a quick way to convert pants, that’s for sure.
The problem is, that the fly required for a grown man is, quite obviously, larger than that required by a 2 year old. Duh. So the finished product was hugely bulky in the crotch and made my gorgeous toddler look … um, let’s just say, extremely well endowed. It was weird.
The other issue was that I had to force Little Man into them so many times to try get the right fit, that now whenever he sees them, a look of sheer determination comes over his face and there is no chance of me ever getting him into them again. Hence the photo of the pants lying flat rather than lovingly modeled.
So I’m totally over these pants. Don’t want to look at them ever again. Hello rubbish bin.
However, This Mama Makes Stuff has a fantastic tutorial (intermediate level) in making slim slacks for boys and she gets around that crotch issue well. It does involve recreating the pants a little more than I had hoped, but the end result is totally wearable so well worth the extra time.
I haven’t made these yet, but next time I refashion pants for my lad, this will be my go-to.
Now, I know leggings are so cheap to buy that making some seems a waste of time (unless, of course, you choose to refashion for ethical reasons). But after being housebound with various ills and chills for what felt like weeks, but may have only been a few days, I needed some sanity sewing. Continue reading
I don’t know why, but my local thrift stores have decided that they want to charge $4-$6 for items of clothing now. I’m sadly lamenting the days of 50c bargains. At that price, I’d might as well just buy a metre of new fabric (which I can’t resist doing whenever I see a cute print somewhere!). So I’m thinking the cheapest way to upcycle clothing now is to just use what we already have on hand and get a little more creative with it. Which I should be doing already anyway!
So here is my latest project doing just that. A pair of pants for my little man has been on the to-do-list for a long time and I’ve finally found a quick and easy pattern to use too. Continue reading