Do you have a well-worn, much-loved item of clothing that you just can't part ways with? I do, which has inspired me to take on a new project—one that's easy sewing for beginners.
|Favorite pajamas, by Amanda Madden.
(Stitch Gifts 2012)
Not long ago, I mentioned I come from a quilting background, but I'm excited to try my hand at sewing clothes. That still is my plan, though I have a new first project I'm going to try.
I have a favorite pair of pajama pants, given to me for Christmas by my sister years ago. Admittedly, they could even be more than a decade old. They are blue with colored polka dots, and I love them. The pants are loose-fitting with a drawstring waist. They are so soft, and are the perfect length.
But they've seen better days. Much better days. They have several small holes in the back and on the legs. Recently, I heard a huge ripping sound as one of the holes caught on a door handle as I walked by, leaving me with a big, gaping hole.
So I'm conceding defeat. These favorite pajama pants are no longer fit for wear, even in the privacy of my own home. It's time to find a new favorite pair.
But instead of sacrificing them to the rag bag, I'm going to use them as a pattern to make myself a new pair of pajama pants. It's the perfect project for beginner garment sewers like myself—I just need to pick out a pretty flannel fabric and get sewing.
Are you looking for family-friendly beginning sewing projects? There are many to choose from in Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family.
Do you have a worn piece of clothing you're having a hard time parting ways with? Have you ever used a favorite piece of clothing as a pattern? I can't wait to hear.