Archive | January, 2011

Sweater Pants

28 Jan

I had my first real New Years Resolution test this afternoon.  I was returning a shirt I received from my sister at Old Navy.  Usually I would return the item, see how much I had to spend, and then go run amuck in the kids department.  But I could not do that because I am not buying any new clothes for my little girlies.

So I browsed through the women’s department but was not really that excited about anything.  Aleah and I meandered over to the kid’s section.  Big mistake.  There are so many adorable dresses, coats and even hats that were calling out to me “Buy! Buy! Buy!”  But I held strong, bought her a 25-cent bouncy ball, and left the store with my resolution still intact but faced with the realization that this is going to be really hard for me.

A particular dress I had to pry myself away from

Wool sweaters are almost impossible to find at thrift stores because of all the mittens and felt being made from them.  So I have a project that can be done out of those not very attractive, non-wool sweaters that fill our closets and resale shops: Pants!

These are so perfect for this time of year.  It has been about -30 this past week and sweater pants have been just the thing for the girls to wear on errands and other outings that do not require snow pants.


Start with an old sweater

Cut the sleeves off the sweater just before the shoulder seam

Cut the top of the sleeve so it is even on top. Then cut down into the sleeve. 12 inches from the crotch to the bottom. 18 inches from the top of the pant to the bottom leg of the pant

Line up the sleeves and pin the back together.

Sew along the pins and then do the same with the other side. Make sure you sew over the very bottom a couple times so they stay together.

Fold over the top of the pants and sew in about 17 inches of elastic.


Sew the elastic together and then finish off the waist seam so it is completely closed

And here is my fashion queen

My little ham

The pants actually fit both girls because Aleah (2 1/2 years) doesn't wear diapers. I can just roll up the pants a little on Sophia (10 months) and they work great for both girls

New Year’s Resolution

21 Jan

My goal this year, instead of losing 20 pounds or running a marathon, is to hand-make all of my daughters’ clothing.

They currently have clothes, some they received from Christmas gifts and others they have had for a while. Many of the clothes are almost too small for them and instead of going out to Target and browsing through the 75% off rack, thrifting, or even getting suckered into stepping into Gymboree (my favorite children’s clothing store, minus the prices), I will be sewing them.

For the past month or so I have been working on taking some of the shirts I’m sick of and transforming them into clothes for my oldest daughter. I am no seamstress but I am starting small and building my skills with lots of practice. Hopefully we can all develop our abilities and make some cute clothes along the way.

Here is a dress I made from a shirt that I really didn’t wear that much. It was pretty tight on me and was just taking up room in my closet. The shirt has a deep, earthy green that I thought would look amazing with my daughter’s blinding orange hair.

Cut off the sleeves, leaving about 1/2 an inch after the shoulder seam

Fold the extra sleeve fabric under and zigzag stitch all the way around.


Fold shirt inside-out then place the correct size dress on the top and pin around edges

cut off the excess fabric and you are set to go

The head band is simply one of the sleeves and the tie around her waist is the extra fabric from the bottom of my shirt


Our Little Lives Together

18 Jan

This is a blog from the hearts of my husband and I.  We each have our own passions that fuel and give purpose to our little lives.

Whenever I seem a little down, it is often because I have not sewn in a few days.  Sewing for me has a sort of invigorating effect.  If I sew a little everyday it seems like my life is in order.  I am creating new things out of sheets of fabric or old sweaters.  I experience a sort of weird high after I am all done.



The same is true of my husband Jared.  He gets more excited about composting than anyone ever should.  The fact that he is turning our discarded kitchen waste into new dirt for our garden astounds him.  And when spring comes, he treats little seedlings like his precious babies and carefully watches their every growth and progress.

So with these two little joys of our lives, sewing and gardening, we will try and entertain and inform.

The best part is we are both starting out on this journey and would love feedback and advice.  We are both learning and would love you to learn with us.  If you have never gardened before, then great!  We just started two summers ago.  Same with sewing- I only received my sewing machine a little over a year ago and have never had a formal class and do not know how to read a pattern.

Come along with us on this journey with our two beautiful daughters and we will learn and grow and create together.