Monday, April 14, 2014

Quick Change Trousers

Hello!  Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was a treat with gorgeous weather, plenty of quality family time and lo and behold some sewing as well.  This morning things are looking up aaaaand, I have a finish to share.  Yay.

Quick Change Trousers

The Quick Change Trousers is a reversible baby pants pattern from Anna Maria Horner's book, Handmade Beginnings.  I made a boy and a girl version in size 9-12 months.

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elastic issues

Although there are quite a few pattern pieces to this design (as far as pants go) they did come together quicker than I thought.  The only sticking point was inserting the elastic.  I didn't make my casing quite big enough so I had a real struggle getting that in.  Somehow both times.  Er...

good ole Kenmore

I've had a few emails lately inquiring if still like my Juki sewing machine.  Yes, I do. I do, I do!  I was actually just thinking the other day how very reliable it's been.  But, I do still use my first sewing machine, this non-computerized Kenmore, all the time.  It came in handy for  stitching around these teeny pant legs, since it has a removable free arm.  I also use it to put in buttons and, most frequently, to zigzag binding.  The Juki is an awesome machine for any quilter.  But, you'll also want a machine with multiple stitch functions.  How can you survive without zigzag?  Fortunately, a low end machine will do for that kind of thing!  And, that way you'll have a backup whenever either machine needs servicing (something I never would have thought I'd find important, ha!). 

Quick Change Trousers

Back to the trousers.  This girly pair is made with True Colors Going Up in Smoothie.  If you don't cuff them, they'll just read "pink" which makes them pretty versatile for a baby girl.

Quick Change Trousers

The little boy version is a pale green stripe by Denyse Schmidt

Quick Change Trousers

Mostly I wanted something that would match that adorable Nursery Versery fabric by Heather Ross.  Of course, that's the fun part about this pattern - putting something cute on the rear!

Quick Change Trousers

On the reverse, we have two Flea Market Fancy prints for the girly and a favorite Ed Emberley Lions and Tigers print combined with a simple orange sketch texture for the boy.   Fabrics all from my stash!

Well there's an itch scratched.  That pattern's been on my radar for years.  I've made quite a few patterns from Handmade Beginnings, probably more than from any other sewing book.  I wonder, do you have any sewing books that you return to again and again?

15 comments:

  1. Yes! I have made so many of those pants, the jacket, a few sleep sacks, and the diaper bag from that book. I really love it!!!

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    1. Ooh, I've wanted to make the sleep sack! First I need to know someone that actually uses sleep sacks. Or maybe I should make it just for my Etsy store =)

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  2. Handmade Beginnings ! I've made these pants a few times already (love them every time!) and I've also made the hooded jacket. I really recommend it if you've never made it. There are a lot of little details but it looks so great and not "home made" at all !

    And I see you are in a "baby mood" too ! Making clothes for little ones that aren't there yet. I can relate ! I must have 20+ pieces of clothing for a baby that won't be conceive before another year. Oh well, I'll be ready.

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  3. What cute pants! Love the Emberley ones. I was taught to sew on the inside of small sleeves or pants (while they are inside-out) when using a machine without a free arm. As an alternative to casings, I zig zag my elastic onto the wrong side of the waist, making the zig zag wide enough to automatically fold the raw edge slightly over onto the elastic. The fold the right side over and zig zag over the edge again. I think Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z is quite helpful for sewing hints on many different techniques from quilts to garments.

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  4. I've never made these but they're so adorable! (Cue intense wave of baby fever) Perhaps I will buy Handmade Beginnings if/when the need arises. :)

    Oh, and I revisit Little Things to Sew by Oliver & S every year. As my girlies grow, more and more of the projects become appropriate. Plus it is just fun to look at.

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    1. Haha, yep! And thanks for the reminder about that particular book. I've checked it out from the library. it is fun!

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  5. Those are so cute! Do you think it would be possible to make one pair of pants reversible? Like one of those skirts that has, say, a striped fabric on one side and the flip side is polka-dots.

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    1. Actually, these pants are reversible! So, yes, you could do stripes and dots. That would be cute!

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  6. Sewing for Boys is my go back to book these days - with 3 boys ages 5, 3, and 10 months, virtually all of the projects in the book are applicable to my kiddos these days!

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  7. So darling! I love making those pants. A great shower gift

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  8. That is one pattern I'd love to try. Had my eye on it for a long time. Sewing pattern books? Not really. Although I reference my hand work/stitching/sewing encyclopedia the most

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  9. So cute! Just a reminder if you make more, these are a major tight squeeze to get over a cloth diaper, even a flip with a thin insert. I made Sean some in 12-18 mos. and I could barely get them over his bum when he was 9 mos old. He is pretty solid, but I started adding a few inches to the width and it helps!

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  10. You know, I have a lot (a lot) of sewing/quilting books (Handmade Beginnings is one of them!) and I love them all. The color and pictures are wonderful for inspiration and a starting point for me when looking for a new project. In all honesty though, I rarely ever make a pattern as instructed. Sunday Morning Quilts. There's a book that is so well loved it's cover is tattered around the edges and the pages are getting rippled. I love that book! I have made a number of the patterns and never tire of it.

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