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.
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!)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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