Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This is a deceptive picture; I am not actually in Okinawa. Luckily it turns out Alabama has bamboo forests too.

This summer was loooooong and weird, and I am glad to be moved, and have Monkey back in school. Planning then canceling an international move, then moving within the country on short notice can mess with a girl. But my home is where my boys are, where I keep our stuff, where I sleep at night. And I am glad to be home.
Amongst all the craziness of this summer I did get a lot done, the very best thing this pair of capris. At 5'2" and shaped like a cardboard tube, pants are very hard to find. I have no waist. I have no ass. Even sewing them myself is no guarantee: I have tried so many different patterns, and the very best I have come up with qualified merely for "don't hate them". After an unsuccessful attempt at drafting I gave up and tore into a box of scrap fabrics containing one perfect pair of jeans that have disintegrated past the point of decency (even with extensive patching). Out came my vorpal scissors, seam ripper and craft paper, and I now have the patten for exquisitely fitting pants/shorts/capris. I am no longer a slave to the fashion industry in regards to clothing my lower half! I have actually made two pairs of these so far, exactly the same save the fabric (the second pair is dark green denim). They are the most comfortable shorts AND best fitting shorts I have ever owned.
Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I show off my kick awesome woodworking.


Stitch-n-Snitch said...

Even those of us who aren't built like a "cardboard tube" (LOL) have trouble finding bottoms that fit. (Try being 10" smaller in the waist than hips and fitting that! :P)

Glad you've survived the move and are doing well! ;)

Kara said...

Glad everything has worked out and that you are getting settled in. I cannot believe you made shorts! That is amazing. They look fabulous. I have not even bothered to try sewing pants, but maybe I have to rethink that after seeing yours.

Natalie said...

Cardboard tube!!! I don't think so, but you're funny!
VERY impressive! 42" inseam can be tricky for a girl like me too! I could kick myself I never got that apron pattern!