Wednesday, June 26, 2013

They Look Good From Here

Where: Target.

What: Men's cotton, drawstring pajama pants.

Mission: Switch out the hem for a cute cuff, for beauty and to shorten (shorter, shorter, shorter!) the length.

Method: By the seat of my pajama pants!

I thought I measured well enough... but evidently I underestimated the proximity of my legs to the ground.

They came out too long, too trippy-hippy. Yes, I am a casual dresser, living in a casual town, traveling to a casual Island, but this was a bit too much.

So. Without cutting any more, I raised the hem. How did I raise the hem? We just don't know!

I did a series of folds and seams, and it looked great, but then I went to do the second one and good grief!!! I could not for the life of me figure out how the heck I did the first one. I made a puzzle, with no solution at the back of the book! Max tried to help me, and Delia tried to help me, and I'd rather not add up the minutes spent trying to figure out two folds. When I finally figured it out, I raced back to the sewing machine, afraid the secret formula would disappear again!

The reason I did not cut the length is that the weight of the extra fabric in the heavy hem keeps the light weight fabric from being too flimsy. It pulls the pant legs down, and makes them more shapely. But, yes... they are still pretty casual. They will also be comfy and light. I sort of want to whip up a second pair. What time does our flight leave?!

5 comments:

  1. Nice work, they look very professional. x

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  2. They look great from here, too! I love your resourcefulness when they weren't quite the right length, and your creative eye for seeing the potential in the first place!

    I recently looked through a book about knitting socks two at a time (yes, both are knit on the same pair of circular needles at the same time - crazy but true!) and one of the chief reasons for doing so, according to the author, is that nobody remembers quite how they did the first sock when it comes to knitting the second sock. How many rows exactly before the heel turn? Which sounds like a good idea, but when you are experimenting (like you were with the pants) you want to see how the first one turns out before you commit to the second one!

    I am so happy you are on your way to an island for a holiday, and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

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  3. You take it that important bit further than I do - I don't even start! I think you are so brave. I shall take a leaf from your book and make something very soon. Your pants look really comfy.
    Hope you are having a wonderful island time!
    Axxx

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