The only thing that worries me is that I don't have a pattern. I started out laying a pair of the culottes I was asked to mend and tracing around the front piece then the back piece. I didn't like the way the pattern looked. I needed help with the crotch area. It has been many years since I sewed for a little girl.
I found a free download pattern for a pair of shorts. I started there, increased the waist measurement for each girl and added about 5" for the elastic to gather. I then drew a perpendicular line down the center and flared out the leg equally from each seam. The girls liked about a 26" leg hem circumference.
|Shorts to culottes pattern|
|Each girls' length written on pattern|
I'll be using 3/4" elastic for the waist. I'll serge the edges of all the pieces, then sew them up with a stretch stitch. I'm thinking that with 1/2" seam allowances, it will allow for alterations as the girls grow. I'm allowing a 1" bottom hem. These are some energetic girls so I'm trying to decide if a serged hem turned up and twin needle stitch will be sturdy enough or I may do a double 1/2" turned hem.
|Culottes pattern layout on fabric|
|Fabric sewed like a dream!|
This fabric from Jo-Ann's sewed like a dream. It's called Sew Classic Suiting. It's 100% polyester. It has a little stretch too.
The only bad thing is the lint left on my serger. I will have to give it a good cleaning or two.
There are 5 girls and 4 pair of culottes each, that's 20 pair. Plus two girls want two pair of slinky knit yoga waist culottes extra. A total of 24 pair! Wow!
|Culottes trial run sample|
|Can you find 14 pair of culottes?|
I don't know what to charge. One of the Moms' said she would get the fabric for her girls.... I was thinking that $5 per pair if you buy the fabric, and $5 plus price of the fabric if I provide fabric.....
Faye at Faye's Sewing Adventure reminded me that Project Runway was returning for it's 14th season. I usually do a marathon watch whenever I can. (There is a lot of testosterone going on TV in our house). I was happy to get to watch this season's first episode on Saturday.
I must say, I am partial to Ashley. I liked her designs and her in general. I can't wait for the next episode! I saw on the preview that they have to incorporate Hallmark greeting cards into their design.........very interesting!
Update on Dear Hubby: He's doing very well, no complications and he's feeling very good. He was already bored being stuck at the house the day after his surgery. He needs a hobby....I've tried to talk him into sewing with me.....No way!
Wish me A LOT of luck!
Until next time.........................