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.
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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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...
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!).
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.
The little boy version is a pale green stripe by Denyse Schmidt.
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!
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?