Is that a song? I swear it is. Anyhoo I am waiting to do some night photography for my olive can make over tutorial… getting warmer at a guess yet? But the kiddos are sleeping or at school and I was finally able to try and find some labels etc. for our christmas cards and I stumbled on a website and HAD to share it, Paperwink
I had such good intentions for our first day in Timor. I have tons of things I am dying to sew (Italy is an inspiring place) and I have one HUGE project coming up (think wood, saws, nails, lace, silk etc ha!!) When I went to bed last night my head was swimming and I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning. Well Evie couldn’t wait to get up at 2-4:30am and the boys felt the same way from 3-4am. This morning I rolled out of bed and opened my door to see bright sunlight on the water, uh oh. It was 11 in the afternoon!!!! All 3 of the cuties and I had slept in until 11!!! Finn had totally missed school and Sawyer was about to if I didn’t get my bum in gear. I had to shake everyone awake and make a made dash lunch. After grocery shopping in the pitch dark (darn power cuts), throwing away the expensive food in our freezer we had airfreighted in from Aus due to a 9 hour power cut while we were gone and rounding all the cuties up again I didn’t get a chance to get to anything, boo. And I was totally going to do a tutorial on how to make your hubby’s these smashing outfits:
Heather from Featherty Sews , found HERE. Was kind enough to work super hard on the following tutorial, complete with a pattern whoot whoot! (Even when her desktop was working against her) Totally brief aside, when I get home I am planning on offering a tutorial on how to make your own digital patterns using only Photoshop, no expensive programs. Good idea or lame idea is my query? You just have to promise to still think I am at least a little cool after you see how easy it actually is and promise to still read my blog every now and then when everyone else catches on to the easiness ha! Thank you Heather for overcoming the death of your desktop to bring us these A-dor-able pants!
Welcome to the official tutorial for the Tulip Pants pattern that you can download for free HERE. This post includes the details on materials needed and the step-by-step instructions, but I wanted to show pictures for those of you who learn better that way.
I made these out of babywale corduroy. It’s super soft and moves really nicely. Just remember when working with corduroy that it has a nap, so you always want to cut it out with all of the pieces pointing in the same direction. I don’t know if I chose nap up or nap down, but when I run my hand down the leg, it’s rough. That way the color pops better! I usually start making these pants by preparing the pockets. For this version, I put gathers in the open edge of the pocket and then backed it with a little piece of Anna Maria Horner’s voile. Sew right sides together, clip and turn. Press and topstitch the “hand” edge.
Gather along the top of the Lower Front pieces and the Lower Back pieces. Pull gathers so the bottom piece is the same width as the top.
Sew each Lower Front to Upper Front, and Lower Back to Upper Back, right sides together.
Attach the Yoke pieces to the Upper Back pieces. For this version, I pressed the seams up and top-stitched then 1/8″ from the edge.
Attach the pocket pieces to the front of the pants, topstitching along the bottom edge.
You can see the inside of the pocket lining in this photo.
Sew right front piece to right back piece at the outer side edge, right sides together. Then sew in the inside leg seam. Repeat with left leg.
Turn one leg inside out, stuff it inside the other leg and stitch up the crotch seam from front to back. I added a faux fly in this pair. I’ll be doing a quick-tute on how to put in a faux fly in a few days. Cut your ribbing for the waistband. I cut mine one inch smaller around than the width of the waistband I’m working with, and five inches tall. Stitch the sides of your ribbing together and fold in half, WRONG sides together.
Lay the ribbing band onto the waist of the pants, right sides together, and stitch almost all the way around, leaving a gap to thread your elastic.
Thread the elastic through the middle of the ribbing, all the way around and attach it by zig-zagging the ends together.
Stitch the last bit of waistband shut.
Hem the legs, and you’re done!
Seriously how cute are these! I bought a pair just like them for WAY to much at Nartjie before I left the states. Now I can make as many as I want for Evie in lots of fun colors. & I LOVE the idea of soft cord, to bad my ginormous hips prevent me from pulling off a pair myself.
I love love love this little softy. I think it is just so cute.
Velcro (if you want to make the mattresses stick together, suggested and such a good idea)
That sounds like a lot but I swear it is super easy once you have them all gathered. What was hard for me was figuring out which fabrics I wanted to use for her mattress’s. I kept having to walk away from my scrap fabric collection and come back again. Finally I settled on these:
Hi guys! We have been keeping busy busy busy here. I thought I would give a super quick update about what we have been up to. I tried to do family pics this last week so I can get the Christmas card goin’ I thought I would share a sneak peak: