I like to sew fancy or stylish outfits as much as anyone. But there are times when useful pieces are needed to fill a void. That's what this week has been about.
Ottobre Design 04/11 #33 "Longicorn sweatpants"
K is preparing for the upcoming track season and needed some more sweatpants to do her conditioning in. I didn't have enough suitable fabric so I cut up a pair of her dad's old sweatpants (don't tell on me!). I used a size 146 and had to add 3 1/2 inches to the leg length.
The waistband is left over rib knit from my Billy Cardi and the pocket bags were cut from an old t-shirt of mine. The ribbing is really a dark purple and not the almost burgundy that it comes across as in the photo. I skipped doing the button holes and drawstring but might go back and tack a little bow on the front.
I'm going to be searching the big box stores for men's sweatpants to cut apart for another pair and to replace my husband's.:)
Ottobre Design 06/11 #37 "Boxer shorts"
Another pair of pajama pants for P, just like the pair I made at Christmas. These had been cut out for way too long and my son has been complaining that he didn't have enough long pants for bed. Done and Done.
I really like the button fly on these. It adds a little detail to an otherwise boring pair of elastic waist pants.
I know some people prefer to spend their sewing time on fun projects and skip the utilitarian stuff. I don't mind sewing the practical (like sweatpants and pjs)but I do find it hard to get motivated enough to sit down and do it. This week, I would have rather worked on the blouse I'm smocking or the embellished pair of jeans I'm constructing for B. Both are projects that I don't normally do so they are a bit of a challenge. And then, I'm always planning the next project. What about you? Do you skip sewing the basics?