Tees and remnants made into pants.
I’ve had some projects sitting around for ages that involve upcycling or mending. Sigh. Dullsville. Well yesterday the dam of ennui broke and I finished up a few straggler projects.
First up was some boy short knickers made from a remnant of black jersey. I’d already cut them out and they’ve been waiting patiently for sewing up. The two pairs of colored knickers are made from thrifted tees that I originally planned to wear for work out tees but ended up not liking. I made those into bikini undies. The white scalloped elastic is from Fabrix and is 25 cents a yard so these were pretty cheap undies.
Five bananas in the bread and one more sliced on top. Delicious!
I find sewing undies fiddly so I don’t make too many of them, but I wanted to reuse these materials. I’ve sewn the elastics in the round and flat and much prefer sewing in the flat – much easier. I’ve also found I get a much nicer elastic fit if I make the elastic almost as long as the length of the leg or top, rather than using the 10% less rule of thumb. Maybe it depends on the elastic, but the almost at parity length works for me.
Another reuse came from bananas. What? Yup, when bananas go brown I peel them and freeze them. I don’t like bananas that are terribly ripe and freezing them for later use makes sense. I had a bunch (ha!) of them to use up so I used a new banana bread recipe and made up a delicious batch. Ultimate Banana Bread. Plus it used five frozen bananas up and gave me some valuable freezer space. I wonder why I never have any left over chocolate?
I see London, I see France…
Yes, more pants. I won’t use “panties” because it’s a word that drives some people around the bend – so PANTS.
TMI warning: I’ve got some undies that are past when they should have been thrown out. They are also the ones you love wearing around the house because they are so freaking comfortable. The elastic is all wobbly and worn out, there are one or two holes and the prints are faded from all the laundering. Perfect!
Well it would be easier to toss them out if I make new ones. Yes, I can buy them but for some reason it gives me such a satisfaction to make such a basic, useful garment.
Luckily for those thinking about making some pants yourself, the lovely blogger verypurpleperson put up a great comprehensive tutorial. Check it out asap.
Don’t you love Jerry Rice Bear?
My pants are made from repurposed tshirts. I picked up some tees at the thrift store the other day and bought great colors of picot elastic at Fabrix. The tees are $1.99 and the elastic is 25 cents a yard. I can make two pairs of pants from most of the tees and the sewing takes about half an hour tops, and even though the sewing isn’t perfect they still work just fine as undies. Not a bad quick bang for your buck project. Why only one pair here? Because I had to go to work (of course) so the rest of the pant express in sherbet colors will be coming in next week. Exciting, no?
In an attempt to make this blog post even less interesting to anyone else in the world, let me share my lucky 49ers Jerry Rice beanie baby with you. He’s lovely and will hopefully propel my 49ers to victory on Sunday with his magical love. Yes, I have to work so Jerry Rice Bear (my name for him) will have to work his magic solo for a win. (This is an American Football reference to the team I support, the San Francisco 49ers.) His other duties are to watch over me when I sleep, not in a creepy way of course. Magical thinking much. Nah…