Before Adelaide was born, I had visions of sewing up lots of cute, functional rompers and pants and such using old T-shirts and the like. I had a small stash of old grown-up clothing to cut up for fabric. I even bought a couple of patterns to use.
As with so many things, I didn't quite get around to it pre-baby. And then I continued to not quite get around to it post-baby. Until the very end of my maternity leave, when I finally cut into this old shirt to make a pair of pants.
And I finally finished those pants last weekend.
Why would such simple pants take nearly a month to sew? There are a few possibilities here: (a) I am doing it wrong. (b) Knits are cruel. (c) My sewing machine hates me. (d) My sewing machine hates knits. (e) My sewing machine hates babies. Although I hate to admit it, I'm pretty sure (a) is the most likely option, though I will surely be on the lookout for any telltale signs pointing to (e), because you can never be too safe when it comes to baby haters.
Things I like about this project: I used the pocket of the polo to make a little back-of-pants pocket (extra fun detail, no extra work required!). I rolled the cuffs and just tacked them in a couple of places, which saved me from having to hem them, will allow me to easily let them down as Adelaide gets taller, and looks pretty cute to boot (but I think everything looks pretty cute on this kid, so who am I to judge, really). They also successfully perform the primary pants function of covering the legs and tush (so far).
Things I don't like about this project: Sewing with knits, generally. The not-matched-up stripes on the front side (I did much better on the back, at least). The part where I accidentally cut out one of the front pieces facing the wrong way and didn't have enough shirt fabric left to recut. So, though you can't see it in these photos, the fabric on one side of the front is inside-out.
The pattern is McCall's M6223, by the way. And it was easy to follow and put together, aside from my whole inability to cut and sew the fabric thing, but that is not the pattern's fault. Unless someone is willing to let me blame it on the pattern. Anyone? Anyone? No, I thought not.