Friday, June 5, 2009

Frugal Friday - Sew Something

Today I found myself in pajamas at noon. This is not uncommon around these parts. With shift work it's easy to justify late day lounging (even when I didn't work the night before). But there is one problem; both my cotton and flannel PJs have holes in the buttocks. I do not relish the idea of the mail man being directly exposed to the least attractive part of my body. As such new PJs were in order tout suite.

As luck would have it I had a Goodwill curtain begging for a new life. With this tutorial up on the computer I went to work. (There is also a nice lounge pant pattern to be found in Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross for anyone who is interested). I only changed the tutorial a touch - instead of zigzagging the edges I sewed my seams then cut the edges with pinking shears and ironed them open. Hopefully they will hold. I also used the curtain hem as the cuff of my pants. Yes it has button holes ... it's a homage to the fabric's previous life.

And now I have the perfect summer lounge pants. Come fall I'll fashion another pair from an old flannel sheet. In the meantime I think I'll brew a nice cup of tea and continue lounging.

Oh and my new favorite music for lazing about? Orba Squara. A couple of their songs have been used in commercials (Iams Dog Food and Ipod). I love their music - it's so bright and cheerful. Here's a sampling:

Happy Frugal Friday!


The Prudent Homemaker said...

I like your pants!

This week I just made a dress for my daughter our of some old curtains that were given to us. All I have left is sewing the buttons and buttonholes. I used two layers of sheer curtains (A floral layer and a solid layer) and then lined then with poly/cotton broadcloth (bought on sale for $1.79 a yard).

I need some pajama pants too; I
m going to check out the tutorial!

Gayle said...

Shalet, those are great! I love the photo of you standing on the bed, too!

Amy said...

Nothing. Nothing makes me happier than new pjs.

Hoosier Homemade said...

Awesome ideas! I have some old flannel sheets that I was just wondering earlier this wk. why I was saving them. And now I know!Christmas PJ's, here I come!
BTW-This is my first visit, and I will definately be back!

TAMI said...

Wouldn't Saturday Baking Day be EVEN BETTER in lounge pants??!!! Sounds PERFECT to me! Glad you enjoyed your Friday. Thanks for stopping by again.

Andrea @ The Train To Crazy said...

I love using something that already has a hem to make pants. I hadn't thought about curtains! Nice work!

Honorary Indian said...

I love me some great music. And THIS is great music!

OH. I'm terribly jealous of your seamstress skills. Those lounge pants are awesome.

Keep on loungin'. You deserve it.

Anna Lefler said...

You had me at "pajamas at noon."

:-D Anna