Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Little Bit of Denial Sewing

Well, the sale/purchase of any home is still on hold here. We're especially not keen on dealing with much of this during the holidays, but especially because we aren't sure our grand plan would work out best financially for our family, long term. It's not like we "have to" move like many families in America who have been victimised by a corrupt banking system that not only created panic, fraud, and more panic in a housing market, but by bring our economy to it's knees and shedding tons of jobs in our country. Due to the fact that there are many fellow countrymen having a vacate their homes, i feel especially guilty for wanting to move because we are secure in our house and Moose's job is still seemingly safe. However we still desparately want to move for many reasons like the unsettling events the last few weeks in our area (i.e. the biggest haul of underage prostitutes in the country was just a mile or so from our house last week and last night a gun wielding man who was disobeying a restraining order at apartments about couple mile from our house was daft enough to point the gun at a cop who eventually shot the man in a nearby shopping center about 3/4 mile from our place). Also because of our neighbour's complete and udder disregard for our safety, the safety of our chickens, and the safety of her dogs. Now both of her dogs have discovered our chickens, one attacking another chicken on our property while Moose was outside giving them chicken recess Tuesday. Apparently the neighbour is feeling like we are to she kept telling Moose that she is "trying to do what she can, but when kids come in the door the dogs bolt out." Moose kindly asked her to leave her dogs in a fenced area she has, and now she says "that isn't an area for is acceptable for the dogs." Apparently she is feeling like she is the victim here. Huh? Interesting conclusion.

So, as you can see, we need a little denial therapy around here (i've sworn off retail only leads to more harm than good.)

Moose distracted Cookie Monster with a trip to a local theatre production about the physics behind Star Trek. Apparently, Moose was called on stage to display that some object could only be picked up by a Vulcan and not a human. I am kinda sorry i missed it for that reason alone. :) However, i haven't been feeling very well because of a fall i took over the weekend down our stairs. Yet again another of the many reasons for denial therapy.

I stayed home and googled "sewing children's pants with no pattern" till my fingers flamed. Research from many different sites yielded a fine lookin' pair of fleece zebra pants for Cookie Monster.

Apparently making a pair of pants for anyone is as easy as tracing around a pair of pants that fit them perfect now and adding an inch all around for seam allowances. First i folded the pants in half lengthwise to expose the front and cut out two pieces. Then, i folded the pants in half lengthwise again to expose the back and cut out two pieces. Especially important is to leave an extra inch or two in the length of the legs on top of the hem allowance, as some of the fleece can shrink lengthwise when washed. Of course, if you prewash your fleece, you won't need to do this. You'll need to sew the seams at the abdomen and at the bum area, then place right sides together and marry the seams at the crotch to sew the inseams. After this, i veered from the simple and crossed over into extremely experimental territory....i had a great idea and reached for the ricrac.

I thought it might look so sweet to have ricrac exposed on the outer seams of the legs. So i sewed a length of it one of the right sides of the fabric.

Then i married the pant legs, right sides together, and sewed down the stitch i created when sewing the ricrac in place.

Upon turning the pants right side out, i discovered it was even better than i imagined: doesn't it look like a little zebra mane?? Ha ha! Success!

Another neat idea i found on the blogsphere is that many people sew a little ribbon in the back of pants, diaper covers, etc. to make the back easily identifiable.

Here are the results.
(and no, we haven't adopted a pet zebra. Yet.)

The most important result being Cookie monster's approval. :)

Well, i am sure you have more important things to do this week than listen to my predictaments, but i hope you find the fleece pants insightful. I suppose i should get back to school and Turkey Day prep. Frankly, i think all we'll be doing for the next few hours is singing and dancing to our new favourite song from the Recess Monkey, "Los Icepacks Estan ardiendo". Super cute and funny song, aiding in our denial quotent! Hooray for the Monkey!! Heard in the movie announcer's voice: "In a world, where a young boy or girl falls off of a swing. There is....Icepack." Then the chorus chimes in: "Icepacks are cool, so get them while they're hot! Cha cha cha!"


  1. You are so VERY talented! I'm going to try my hand at a dog coat. HA


  2. You did have a good idea with that rickrack, and the pants are adorable. I was sorry to read of your housing predicament, and I share your frustration. I simply don't know how this mess is going to end, and I know it's not good when people who have the means and the desire to move, buy houses and cars, or start a business find themselves consistently thwarted. Anyway - here is to better times ahead, and take it easy on those stairs!


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