Wednesday, April 16, 2008

hotel styling

First I thought I'd make my father a scarf. Specifically, the Patchwork Scarf from Denyse Schmidt Quilts, because I didn't have much time and I had the materials on hand. Not knowing he'd be released right before I arrived, I pictured him lying in his hospital bed with a wool scarf wrapped around his neck, and the image didn't quite work. I settled on more useful pajama pants, which sounded quick and easy, even though I'd never made anything resembling pants before. The pattern, New Look 6764, claimed 1 hour construction. I tripled that, knowing I'd make some mistakes. Well, Wednesday morning, an hour and a half before my flight was to leave, there I was, still sewing pajamas. I got them done and made it, but there was no time for fartsy pictures. I snapped these in the Red Roof Inn, before driving over to my grandmother's to see my father.

When I gave them to him, he said, These ain't pajamas. These are summer pants. He's always had a way taking our mediocrity and raising it to art.

Regarding the pattern, it's a good introduction to basic pants construction. I need to practice making buttonholes on Blanche. The ones I made on the linen PJs, in particular, really suck. They're sturdy enough to keep the drawstring from wearing on the fabric, but they look a fright. Another thing is that the crotch on these things drags pretty low, so there's a slight diaper effect, which I guess is okay for pajamas, or for that MC Hammer look. My father is a small man, especially since he's been sick, but I made mediums because I didn't want them to be too small. The small would've fit him better (he didn't try them on but I could tell by looking at him), but he doesn't mind.

8 comments:

Nik said...

That was such a nice gift. I want to get into sewing pants, and I think you're right about starting with pajama pants as an intro. Good job, girl.

woolanthropy said...

Those pjs look awesome and really comfy. I am going to make me some summer pants! Love them!

Jenni said...

Those are so cute and look so comfy! I'm about to start my first pair of pj pants soon. I've never done buttonholes before, so this should be interesting! Come to think of it, I haven't sewn anything since 7th grade home-ec when we made pillows!

Anonymous said...

Those are so cute sappmama, I hope he wears them around the house dressed in a sleeveless undershirt and barefooted. Too cute...LOL.

Heather
who is still at 'it'

Anonymous said...

LOL...did you know that there was a ghost with you in that hotel room?
Look carefully at the top picture,he is wearing a hat!!!!! how scary..LOL

Heather

DarcyArtsy said...

I would live in those summer pants especially when it is 90 degrees like it was last weekend.

Ellen Bloom said...

Wow! How brave of you to learn a brand new pattern under such time pressure! The p.j. pants look great. Pop is right...they are summer pants! Nice work.

Frank said...

Wow, could he have said anything more kind?!