I got my sewing machine and buttonhole thing working and finished my entry in the vintage pillowcase challenge. Inspired by the wide-leg lounge pants in Amy Butler's InStitches, I made a version for little girls. I basically followed the directions in the book with a few exceptions. The main difference is that I used the hemmed "opening" of the pillowcase as the bottom of the pants (at the time, I was thinking "less sewing"). Here are some guidelines and tips if anyone would like to try a pair:
- Cut the top and side seams of the pillowcase and fold the remaining piece in half ( the long way...you should have four pieces of sheeting stacked on top of each other).
- Figure out the inseam and total pants length. For my daughter, the inseam was about 19" and the total was about 29" (from the bottom of the pants). Cut the crotch shape starting at the inseam length and then cut the top off at the total length. You will be using almost the entire pillowcase.
- Stitch the pants together as directed in the Amy Butler instructions. Because you are using the pillowcase hem as the bottom hem, be sure to line those pieces up before stitching.
- I used a pink grosgrain ribbon as the tie.
The softness of a vintage pillowcase is perfect for a pair of pajama pants and the wide leg on these is really cute. I had Ellen model these in a stance very similar to the picture in InStitches...cute, huh?
If anyone tries these, please send me a picture...I'd love to see different versions and think these would be really cute from a pillowcase with details or embroidery at the hem.
Here are a few links...cute, cute cute...