Last weekend I finished up some pants for E. These are yet another pair of MADE basic kid pants.
I again used some of my old pants for the fabric. For many years these were my go-to pants each evening after coming home from teaching elementary school. Sadly the waistband had frayed beyond repair. I had to strategically work around some worn spots and stains but I like that these pants can have another life. I felt slightly more confident sewing with knits but my results are still a bit wonky. For these pants I used my mother’s serger for the main seams and have to say, there will be lots more serging in my future. I only know how to do the basic, overlocked stitch so I also used an old Singer Featherweight machine to attach the pockets and sew up the waistband. I love how tiny and simple these machines are- so little to go wrong. The machine has a box of intimidating-looking attachments (you need an attachment to do anything except a basic, straight stitch) but I really only use it for straight seams anyway. These are particularly lovely machines for piecing quilts.
The fit on these pants is kind of baggy because I serged up the outer edges rather than use a 1/2 inch allowance as called for. I also retained the original pants hem instead of hemming. I’m hoping they’ll last quite a while, and even now are fine for playing and dancing on the beach:
My other weekend project was baby mittens for O. I used the baby mitts pattern from Susan B. Anderson.
The first pair was too small for O (not checking my gauge gets me into lots of trouble, plus I think O’s hands are really big) so I enlarged the pattern and made a second pair. The smaller pair will get passed along to a friend whose baby is a few weeks and many sizes smaller than O.
Baby mittens are the fastest thing yet to knit. I may need to whip up a few more pairs!