Lazy Day Lounge Pants & My New Fabric Design!

Lazy Day Lounge Pants & My New Fabric Design!

I made Bella these joggers for her birthday. I’ll tell you all about her Lazy Day Lounge Pants, but lets look at my first print available at My Fabric Designs.

Lazy Day Lounge Pants Pattern by Gracious Threads | Sleepy Pandas in Organic Cotton Interlock Knit from My Fabric Designs

Introducing Sleepy Pandas! This fabric is available in 26 different types of fabric, including the organic cotton interlock knit that I’m using today. (It’s divine!)

Sleepy Pandas by Amy Mayen, available in 26 fabrics at My Fabric Designs

I made the panda bear faces using Photoshop Touch on my iPad. The graphics measure 6″ which makes a very simple design feel bold. I chose white because Bella has been wanting to try some different dye techniques. She’s testing swatches to decide what method of pants-painting to use. So cool, right?

Lazy Day Lounge Pants in Sleepy Pandas organic cotton interlock knit from My Fabric Designs

My second design is also available now at My Fabric Designs. Instead of uploading a design, I made a seamless print using the free Fabric Pattern Creator. I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to use, but that’s another post. If you want a peek, click to see Dusty Mountain Trail. Now onto the sewing before you get tired of me!

Lazy Day Lounge Pants

This is the Lazy Day Lounge Pants pattern from Gracious Threads. The size range is 2-12. They are a very slightly dropped crotch jogger pant with cuffed ankles, elastic waist, inseam pockets and a drawstring.

Lazy Day Lounge Pants in Sleepy Pandas organic cotton interlock knit from My Fabric Designs

Fabric reccomendations are fleece, cotton fleece, French terry, or a heavier interlock knit. The ease of these pants really lend to experimenting with fabrics outside of the reccomendations, just make sure you have enough stretch to slip little feet through the bottom cuffs.

Lazy Day Lounge Pants | Sewing Pattern from Gracious Threads

I normally avoid jersey in really light colors, because colored under garments can show through. So far these have passed the underwear test, and I won’t worry at all once the panda pants are dyes. I’d call the organic cotton interlock from My Fabric Designs a medium weight. It’s the perfect weight and stretch for T-shirts, and there’s good “coverage” even in lighter colors.

Lazy Day Lounge Pants in Sleepy Pandas organic cotton interlock knit from My Fabric Designs

I give Lazy Day Lounge Pants all the gold stars. I’ve sewed several pairs and they are always in heavy rotation. Jess from Gracious Threads gets most of the credit for my love of sewing knits. Her New To Knits blog series really got me comfortable in the world of stretchy fabric sewing. I own several of her patterns and love them all. I’ve had my eye on the Jasper Joggers, which are another unisex jogger designed for lightweight wovens.

For this pair, I omitted the drawstring and opted for 3 narrow casings for skinny elastic. I like the way 3 elastics give a really custom fit in the waist.

Elastic Waistband using 3 channels for skinny elastic

I got to use my new coverstitch machine for this project, topstitching the cuffs, waistband, and inseam pockets. We used white since we’ll be coloring them.

Lazy Day Lounge Pants in Sleepy Pandas organic cotton interlock knit from My Fabric Designs

I’m still on a learning curve with my Brother 2340 CV. There’s no back stitch, so I tried lifting the pressor foot and turning the hand wheel a few times to lock it in. You can see below it didn’t work. I’ve read that one can tie off or tuck the thread tails into the seams of the garment. (I seam ripped it to re-do and the recovery is great. No puncture marks or distortion at all.)

Coverstitch coming undone

I do have 2 small regrets with this project. I didn’t match up my print at the seams, but the color will camouflage it some. The second is, when my daughter saw the pandas I designed…She insisted that they are polar bears. If you look at it; of course it’s polar bears! Fortunately she loves polar bears too. Ha ha!

Do you have a favorite technique for dyeing fabric? I’d love to hear your ideas, since my baby is so excited about coloring them.

Click the image above to check out the high quality apparel fabric, shop designs, and design your own fabric at My Fabric Designs. 

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!

10 Comments

  1. Rebecca

    Designing fabric has been on my list of things to try but I hadn’t ever heard of My Fabric Designs, I’ll definitely check them out!

    The pandas are adorable and the pants look great!

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  2. Diana Rambles

    Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest and Tweeted. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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  3. Denise/DIY Crush

    Absolutely darling! Great print! My daughter has already requested this fabric! ;) Thanks for sharing at my craft party! Hope you will link up again tonight (Thursday) at 7pm EST.

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  4. Gina

    So cute!!! I can’t wait to read about your adventures in dyeing!!!!

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  5. Annie

    Those pandas are so eye-catching and cute!! I can’t wait to see how the pants will look colored, though it is really cute as-is now with the polar bears!

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  6. Pam @Threading My Way

    Great going with the coverstitching, Amy. Your panda / polar bear design is cool and suits the pants. Joggers are what we call our running shoes.

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  7. Cindy

    I got a little ahead of myself and pressed enter before I was done commenting…sorry!

    The fabric is so cuuuuute! Love how the pants turned out! It looks like you’re mastering the coverstitch machine.:)

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  8. Cindy

    The fabric

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  9. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Whaaaattt? These are freakin’ adorable Amy! I still can’t believe that you created the print…that is so awesome! I’m going to have to check out My Fabric Designs. I was seeing Pandas, but any way you look at them; they’re super cute! I’ve done some painting on fabric, but I haven’t done fabric dying since I was a kid. They have some pretty cool fabric paints available as well as fabric markers. I have some fabric markers which are okay, but I’ve used my acrylic paints for a few projects in the last couple of years. The challenge with acrylic paint is if you apply it thick, it gets crackly and stiffens the fabric.

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  10. Angela

    Whatever you want to call them, they sure are cute bears. Dying them will be loads of fun too. Can you show pics after? At least on Instagram, ok?

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