Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Forever Pants...

...because they took FOR-EV-ER to make.


I was in need of a second pair of "dress" pants for Desmond. We were attending my nephews' baptism and first communion all in one weekend, out of town. I didn't think his khakis would last a couple of hours stain free let alone two days.


I wanted these to be more than dress pants, I wanted them to actually be wearable after our dressy occasion was over. Seriously, one pair of khakis should cover the rest of the summer. 

I headed to my stash and started with an old pair of JCrew linen capris with a fraying waistband that I thrifted a decade ago (not even kidding.)


I combined the pattern for Play Pants from Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders with the Coastal Cargos from Pattern Anthology, I fell in love with their bias tape detail.


I also needed to make adjustments for my cloth diapered boy. Although I went up to a size 3T for extra room they were still SUPER narrow and a total fail.


Hello, Mr. Gusset, time to turn lemons into lemonade.


It was so worth the extra effort, you can barely see the gusset.

Besides that little do-over, what took forever were all the bells and whistles I gave these pants, including reinforced knees.


Since they are a 3T they are going to need to be rolled up to avoid tripping, this will be great for the beach too. 

The tab and button detail is so cute, I was more than happy to dig into my button stash to make it.


I was able to salvage the front pockets from the original pants but the back pockets were an afterthought. I literally had just enough fabric remaining to make them. I don't think the back would look complete without them.


But, above all, my favorite detail is the green stripes running on the outside and inseam of the pants. When I picked this vintage green bias from my stash I wasn't sure about my color choice but it looks fantastic.

These pants make my heart sing, even if it felt like they took forever. They were worth every minute of it.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Baby's First Haircut...at Home

After a week of the chicken pox, and Calamine lotion on his scalp, it was obvious that Desmond's hair was out of control.

We couldn't put this off any longer and so the time had come for our little guy's first haircut.


Here is our before. Just after he woke up and we hadn't brushed his hair yet but it wouldn't be much improved anyway. Brushing curly hair just makes it frizzier, there was no winning this battle.


As much as I wanted to let his hair grow and grow I couldn't let him look like this any longer. But, I hadn't made a decision on whether or not to do it myself. Who to go to? Would I mess it up? Would they mess it up? 

A quick facebook poll of my friends was split down the middle with good reasoning for both sides and so I was left with my gut.


And my gut was very clear in it's decision making. My son would NEVER sit still for a stranger with scissors. There would be lots of tears and clinging to his Mama. 

This all seemed like a lot of unnecessary anxiety for a toddler and drama for a mama. I know a thing or two about cutting curly hair myself, these were not unchartered waters.


On a quiet Sunday morning, just after breakfast, Dana and I made our move. We moved Desmond's "high chair" into the living room and plopped it right in front of the tv. We didn't even need cartoons, just Sunday Morning, and we grabbed him some snackies for his tray.

Before we started we told Desmond he was going to get a haircut like Dada, which Dana does himself while Desmond watches, he nodded in agreement.


I cut and Dana simultaneously chatted with Desmond and directed me to any spots I was missing. Desmond was calm and playful with Dana while eating his snacks. He was totally unfazed by my cutting.

I didn't do a perfect job but curly hair can be as forgiving as it can be troublesome. We think he looks fantastic, our handsome boy.


Of course we kept a lock for each of us. I had these stamp collector's envelopes that worked perfectly. Nope, I don't collect stamps.

I am so glad we decided to do this ourselves. We may have saved a little money but, more importantly, we spared Desmond and us the epic toddler meltdown that would have ensued. 

When you see an opportunity to have some calm in your life you should take it.