I made these lightweight pants for Sadie last week when we had sun. We no longer have sun, by the way. These are made of bamboo! From Fabric Depot! I had no idea they had bamboo, hemp, and organic cottons there. I also made a chocolate brown pair in organic cotton jersey that is just dreamy. These are cropped and I need to sew some for myself now. I actually made both pairs with a traditional casing for the elastic, but the finished result was so squirrelly and sloppy it was driving me crazy, so I cut off the waistband and I tried the FOE instead and it's awesome.
I just stretched the FOE like crazy while stitching it on with a wide zig zag—the 3 stitch is my favorite. I needed to take in the waist just a tad because the FOE didn't gather quite enough because these pants are crazy big. On the brown pair I took the waist in slightly before adding the FOE and it was perfect. I used a rolled hem in hot pink. I heart my serger. Sadie loves them.
I'm not sure if I will try this on pants for myself because I don't think the FOE is really up for a lot of fabric weight, it kind of depends—imagine if your underwear elastic would hold up a pair of pants. Yes, it would if they are lightweight enough. We shall see.
My birthday is in 2 days and I have been thinking a lot about this upcoming 36 year-old thing and what it means to me. Some thoughts are deep meaningful and some are not. Most are not. For instance, I really thought at 36 I would have at least one serious handbag. Not 2 Le Sport Sac bags and oodles of random trendy cheaps bags. I keep thinking of my Mom when she was my age, her perfume (Chanel N° 19) and her handbags (one was a Le Sport Sac, actually) and stuff like that. I wonder what will remind the girls of me, as they grow up, you know? The other day the middle child said I smelled like mom. What is that smell exactly? I was dying to know.
(edit-Okay upon reflection I realize I do have 2 serious handbags, both given to me by my husband and both are amazing. I need to use them more, that's the problem. No, more specifically, I need a reason to use them more, ha!)
Oh, my new Keds came!! And no, I still haven't found the missing yellow one.