our favorite pant

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Well, that was a quick but lovely trip to Florida.  We refilled our tanks with quality family time.  I feel completely blessed.
Whenever my sisters and mom and I get together, we pack "party favors".  It's fun and exciting.  Most of the time my sisters give better gifts than me.  And they did again this time, but I was feeling pretty good when I passed out my gift. 
My old little Kenmore and my beloved serger.
It had been a while since I pulled out the sewing machine.  And even a bit longer since I made us new lounge pants.  The pattern is in Amy Butler's In Stitches Book.  I couldn't love this pattern more.  
I shop for 100% Cotton, Vintage sheets that cost a few dollars.  Or raid the linen closet with sheets that haven't been used in a while.  (Shhh.) Using a sheet is such a great thing because of the amount of fabric and the finished edges.  
I use the top of the sheet for the bottom of the pant.  It acts like a great cuff.  Just measure the inseam you need and put the bottom of the pattern on the "cuff" of the sheet.  No hemming!  
 And I snip off the top of the sheet for the draw string.
A tank top from Old Navy and you have the most comfy lounge wear you have ever worn.  Honestly. (I made myself a pair, too!)
It takes me about an hour from start to finish to make a pair.   It truly is a gift that keeps on giving!

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  1. They look so comfy - will have to make a pair.

  2. What a great gift. I had to smile at this post as mys sister and mom and I bring party favors to each other when we get together!
    I could sure use some time in Florida right now-I bet your time was wonderful.

  3. Such a great idea! You all look so comfy

  4. Anonymous4/29/2015

    Do I see a Band-Aid on your sewing machine?? I usually use a sharpie marker for measure...lol!!!

    1. Yes! My mom taught me that trick. I love it.

  5. that's my favorite sewing pattern, too!!! And I'm way overdue for a new pair.....and I have just the old sheet! Makes me happy!!!

  6. Awwwwwww!! I'm sitting here wishing I was a sister! Your blog always warms my heart & makes me smile Leslie. ��

  7. These are so cool! Great idea with the sheets. I make curtains out of flat sheets...more fabric for the buck, but never thought of clothing! Thanks for the idea.

  8. Anonymous4/29/2015

    Adorable - lucky sisters and mom!!!

  9. They look so comfy!!

  10. Kathleen4/29/2015

    I love this post! I have a sewing machine, but I've felt too intimidated to use it. I've requested this book from the library and want to try making some for my sister, mom and daughter (and me!). Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  11. Yum! I have a flat Egyptian cotton sheet that is going to get new life. Or maybe it's going to give new life to me. Either way, I feel the cozy coming on.

  12. Ahh. Wonderful post and beautiful family. Thanks for the pants tip.

  13. I love lounging! My mum's made me a cotton pair and two flannel. Whenever I'm home, I'm kicking around in one of them. You did a terrific job on these sets.

  14. I think I have to try this one. They look so comfy!