Saturday, June 5, 2010

A summer challenge...

A few days ago while blog surfing I came across a blog where they are doing a challenge that could have been tailor made just for me!




Many, many years ago (sometimes it feels like another lifetime...)  I was studying to become a costume designer.  Then I met my husband and got married and started having children, and what with one thing and another, that (going to school) part of my life has stayed on the back burner.  But as I started looking around at the links she has to all the costuming and historical clothing, I knew that I had to do this challenge.  

It was already more than halfway through the first week of the challenge, so that is why I opted to only do a small project this time.  

Week One: 1900-1909

Knickerbockers for Lila!

I finished them this morning and brought them upstairs to try them on her. I was really pleased with how they turned out.  But even better is I had her show her Daddy, who I hadn't told anything about this challenge or what I was doing them for, so as far as he knew it was just another piece of clothing I had made for one of the kids.  He chuckled and said, "Those make me think of old-fashioned golfing pants."  I think he was a little surprised at first at how happy that made me! 


I made these by customizing a shorts pattern to add the bands at the bottom so that they gather and poof at the knees.  The bands snap to open and close with the button sewn on for decoration.  I wanted to have the old-fashioned look of knickerbockers, but modernize them with the choice of fabric and make them easy to get on and off a squirmy 18 month old!  

2 comments:

Mary said...

Very fun! I'm excited to see what else you make.

zookeeperjess said...

Omgsh! Seriousness cuteness!!! Great job too. I want to get a sewing machine and start sewing again. I haven't in years but really want to. It's my birthday wish list item!!