kcwc spring 2012: day six

April 28th, 2012

red stripes, red balloon

Sometimes the idea is much more exciting than the actual outcome. But still matching, stripy pants and shorts are pretty cute


the pattern: same as these pants, letter o from Happy Homemade vol 2 in two sizes. This was totally the wrong pattern to use for the shorts, but the perfect one for the pants.  The idea I had for the shorts was something more like this, but then I got all wrapped up in saving the pockets from the original pants (see below). The front pockets were nice, slash pockets, but the back ones, I discovered later, were fake. It was a waste of time and energy and screwed up my plan.

original pants

the fabric: those pants up there. They were mine, but I felt like a fool every time I walked out of the house in them.

dancing stripes

the sewing: I didn’t intend to get two garments out of one pair of pants. I was only going to make shorts and really to make the shorts I wanted to make–bloomers with a contrasting band–I shouldn’t have made the pants. Oh well. The little pants turned out super cute and the shorts are fine, I guess.

stripy pants and shorts

The flickr pool is bursting with amazing garments, many of them upcycled ones. Of all the discussions on flickr this week, my favorite has to be the one about all our mistakes and straight up sewing failures. Late at night, when I’m screwing up every possible way, it’s good to know I’m not alone!

kcwc day six mosaic

1. pinafore made reversible 

2. top naii

3. raglan tee

4. stripe and color block top


11 Responses to kcwc spring 2012: day six

  1. Jessica says:

    I love the idea of matching pants/ shorts, they are super cute. (and I have the same shoes as you!)

  2. kristin says:

    okay i didn’t even know you were running these awesome discussion groups in flickr until, like, yesterday, and this is my third KCWC! geez, where have i been? love the stripey pants. do you use marsedit to write your posts? it autocorrected me to “stripy” yesterday. annoying!

  3. Carla says:

    I love the pants and the shorts look really cute on her. Plus, two garments from one pair of pants? Pretty awesome! I finished another piece today and have one more thing I really want to get done. Here’s hoping I’ve got the stamina!

  4. Amy says:

    I think I am not getting something……why CAN’T you add a contrasting band to the shorts? Different fabric right?

  5. louise says:

    I love the pants! The shorts are cute too, but I love the pants! Thanks for showing off my raglan tee. And yes, that night was a frustrating night of sewing. Last night was much better!

  6. jo says:

    cute pants! i have forgotten about the discussions going all week on flickr, thanks for reminding me, i guess i was too wrapped up in sewing, blogging and checking out all the pics.

  7. Karen says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for hosting KCWC – it certainly got me inspired to sew this week – just what I needed.
    Loving all your linen creations too – I think I will be using it more next summer.

  8. Bek says:

    The kids are rocking their stripy pants! I really love the shorts with the mocs. It’s a cool look!

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  10. You’ve done such a great job! I want to wear every outfit you’ve made for your daughter, esp these shorts and the linen skirt!