Friday, April 23, 2010

An actual blog post! Oooh! Ahh!

What with medical issues and general life-getting-in-the-way issues, it's been a VERY long time since a new and interesting thing got made around here. In my copious spare time (ha!) I've been working on these terribly boring wool vests for my husband but while I would like to say it's all his fault that nothing is getting sewn I am afraid I must admit that it's my own problem.
Anyway, for the first time in over a month I actually felt like sewing something this week, but I had limited time to do it in so I picked a quick and dirty project that I knew I could make fast and feel accomplished at the end of (I have a top I have been "working" on for about three months now. It has become one of those endless projects that you never seem to finish and eventually stop caring much about).
Several years ago, in another lifetime almost, I bought these darling blue and white striped "ticking" sailor pants. I was really quite chuffed about finding them. This was before the current trend for nautical fashion, but I have ALWAYS been a fan of nautical styles! Maybe it's my sailor blood. Who knows. Anyway. They were full length and had little zippers down the sides of the legs with silver anchor-shaped zipper pulls. Unfortunately those cute little anchors broke off the very first time I washed the pants.
After a few good years of use I realized recently that I simply didn't wear them that much anymore (they had a strange tendency to bag out at the knee, anyway) but that they were in too fabulous a condition to get rid of (besides, I love them! You can't just throw away things you love.)
So here is my solution. In order to give the pants new life and a chance at a new owner who will love them just as much as I did I figured they needed a little face lift. I hemmed them up into shorts and designed this big metallic red anchor applique to add a little extra seafaring flare. They turned out so cute! I don't wear shorts. Ever. If I did I would keep them!