Friday, August 28, 2009

6 a.m., 247 Days After Christmas

I sew some clothes in

the dark.

The sound of Moochie screams

Have awakened me.

The world is sleeping

And I am effin' exhausted.

I don't know what is wrong with that kid. He KNOWS how to sleep through the night. He just chooses not to. This is why I had Chunky when I was 23. I'm too old for this shit at 31.

It's OK.

By the time he reaches college and is a teenager he'll be hard to wake up when I want him up and blah, blah, blah--crap that's supposed to make me feel good now when I'm operating on 3 hour bits of uninterrupted sleep. Lemme tell you, that's not very comforting and extremely annoying to hear when you're this exhausted.

But hey, at least I'm productive when I'm up with him.

At 5 a.m. today I decided to finish my winter house pants* while Mooch played on the floor at my feet.

Notice I said winter. The temperature didn't hit 80 degrees in the house yesterday--and already my mind has wandered to cooler days!


The deets:

Pattern: Simplicity 5334

Fabric: Jolly Snowmen-Green (purchased as part of's Christmas In July Sale for $3.98 a yard!); 3 yards total


Notes: This was an easy enough pattern to sew. The part where it explains how you connect the two legs together was quite confusing though and poorly written for a newbie sewer like me with poor spatial reasoning and for a pattern advertised as "Easy-to-sew."

Luckily the day before, I had been browsing some refab sites and saw a tutorial on how to make pants by turning one leg inside out and putting it in the other leg and sewing the crotch together. Without having stumbled upon that, there probably would have been some profanity and seam ripping involved.

This also was the first time I had ever done a buttonhole on my Beast--and it worked!!!


You can't really see it here, but buttonholes are the openings for the drawstring.

Bottom line: I love my new winter house pants and I can't WAIT for winter when I can wear them regularly!

*Normal people would call these pajama pants. I would DIE if I wore flannel to bed. I would drown in my own sweat. Yuck. I don't sleep nude (fear of house fire and ending up on the news naked describing how I think the fire started). I wear just enough to only be marginally embarrassed in front of the neighbors if the house goes down in flames.

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Blogger Karen said...

Love the pants! I may have to get that pattern....I'm in need of several more winter house pants.

8:07 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Oh how fun! You are just mastering that sewing machine of yours aren't you?

8:07 AM  
Blogger dmcL said...

You know, I'm not a particularly paranoid person, but having just lived through a middle-of-the-night housefire, I can honestly say I was VERY glad to be wearing light cotton pyjama pants. My neighbour was wearing just a knee-lengthed nighty and looked pretty uncomfortable wandering around downtown at 4am.

And I agree about the bad phrasing on pants patterns. I've made at least half a dozen pairs of trousers/pj bottoms, and I have to stop and really, really think about what I'm doing every single time. And usually end up ripping stitches, anyway. That is why I mostly make skirts. :)

8:32 AM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

That fabric is awesome. Garment sewing confuses me, so way to go on the pants!

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pants look great. I love the material. I have problems sewing pants & having been sewing forever.
Try being 36 & having a baby. I feel for you!
Love, Aunt Susan

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you have started sewing! Hahaha for a Home Ec drop out I think that you are doing pretty good.
Love, Mom

9:36 AM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

Great house pants....

I can't wait until you're 50 to see what you wear to sleep. I used to love flannel on those frosty winter nights, alas, no longer.

10:02 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

great pants!

yeah i got really confused when i tried to sew my first pair. wait til you make your first fly front pair. i still get confused on those, honestly.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Looks great! You are getting so much better at sewing!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

LOVE the winter pants... how cozy! And I like that shade of green a lot more than the usual kelly green they use on christmassy type things.

I had the same mental flip when I was learning to make shorts and had to sew the legs together. I had my mom there telling me how to do it and still I was like "noooo.... that can't be right!" It's like turning a heel, just trust that it will work out - then it does.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Cute pants! I can't sleep in flannel either unless it gets sub-zero outside. I like lots of blankets and Andrew is a heater all to himself.

Your hair is getting long again!

11:02 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Very cute!! That fabric makes me happy!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Cristi-Lael said...

I hear ya about being too old. If I knew then what I know now, I would have had both my girls when I first got married at 21 back in '98. Then, I would have been young and spry and been able to take the late nights, and they'd be just about old enough now to be able to stay at home by themselves for a few hours so I could go to the knit shop alone.
My youngest did what Moochie's doing. She slept through the night fine until she was 6 months old. Then, she decided she needed to get up at least twice a night to nurse again. It was very tiring and, unfortunately, it lasted until she was about 14 months. Then, for no reason at all, she slept all night again and has every since. I don't know why, but maybe it'll give you some hope?

12:25 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Cute! I wonder if I could convince my mom to make me some flannel pants for winter.

Personally, I AM a flannel pajamas wearer - along with an electric blanket. My bedroom is freezing and I'm naturally chilly, too. I even used my electric blanket during San Antonio "winters" (although I didn't wear flannel there).

By verification word is "twing," which strike me as very cute.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Cute pants! I'll admit that I wear pajama pants around the house all day when I'm not going anywhere. Yes, I guess that makes me lazy! I do wear flannel or fleece pants to bed in the winter, because my house is so freezing. Having two kids, including a son who likes to come lie down in my bed between me and my husband in the middle of the night, sleeping nude is not an option for me! You have my sympathy about Moochie and the sleepless nights. I can't say I miss having to deal with that!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I cannot sleep in clothes. I am what Backpacker magazine calls a "warm sleeping woman" (they were rating and testing sleeping bags). I start out under the covers and end up on top almost every night no matter the weather.

And I have house pants, too. I come home from work and put them on and it's all good. I just leave them on the floor by the bed at night. You know, in case of the housefire.....

5:18 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

I love your fabulous snowman pants! And... what do you mean, you're too old at 31? I'm 33, and we don't even have one of those little kid critters yet!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Great pants! I can't sleep in long pants either. Shorts and a tank are the MOST I wear, even in the dead of winter.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, yeah. I remember the first few times I made pants - far enough apart that I forgot what I was doing - and at one point, they just don't look like pants. I thought I'd done it wrong. Well, now, they're my favorite thing to sew, and everyone gets new 'house pants' for Christmas ;).

Great fabric! Love the pants. Even though you say you had trouble with them, they turned out really nice.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Yeah So said...

Very cool. I too can't do pants unless I do the inside out thingie - thats how I made the boy his halloween outfit last year too. I have some christmas fabric to get rid of, would love to get it to you somehow....

10:14 PM  
Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

And we have pantsage. I once made some pretty complicated shorts. I Started with the right front--pleats, (it was the 80's), a pocket like in jeans, top-stitching. I ironed the hell out of them at every step so every thing would lay perfectly. Next I trimmed all the seams just so for that professional look. Then I made the other front EXACTLY the same as the first side. Hint: Don't do that, and don't trim the seams until you absolutely have to. I've had many such mistakes. My point is, you are coming along just dandy. Sewing is hard.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Love the pants, neat print! Hehe..I have to leave mine by the bed too now...sigh.. The crotch seaming is so much easier that way, glad you stumbled upon the info :) I used to sew the kids shorts and pj pants when they were little. I lived at the remnant bin!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

So about your lack of sleep. That sucks.

But wow what a great pair of bottoms to come out of not being able to sleep! Great job! And that whole leg thing can be frustrating, glad it worked out for you!

1:38 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Your second child was still younger for you than my first was for me. If anyone asks me for advice on timing one's children, I say, do it as young as you can stand to do it and still be a reasonably competent parent. Because 39, pushing 40, with my second was really too old for that crap!

9:56 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Super cute pants!!! Love them! But yeah, don't love the 5am part...I can empathize this weekend with the lil' guy down here for the weekend! I was exhausted after work yesterday and then it was non-stop til he went to bed and then he's up so early!!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Mother Necessity said...

Cute pants, but boy I don't miss the whole not sleeping thing. I don't know how those mothers in their 40's are able to function - hope it gets better soon!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Ooh, you can do buttonhole son your beast? Doe s it have an attachment or is it a technique I could use on my Genie?

6:21 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Oooo, DIG those pants! I loves me some flannel house pants!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Festive house pants! I love how your bronzed arms contrast with the cheery winter print.

9:57 PM  

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