Ribbit – We Have Pants

I hope you’re sitting down because here is Tristan modeling boy clothes — in fact, boys clothes that belong to him, made by his mother. I know, shocking.


So some questions for you guys:

  • I’m thinking I might want to start putting labels in the clothes I make — both knitted and sewn. Does anybody have a good, not too expensive source for these?
  • I am really wanting a serger. How many garments do you think I need to make before I can justify such a purchase?
  • Wouldn’t these pants be cute with a freezer paper stenciled t-shirt? Any volunteers? Seriously, someone please convince me that freezer paper stenciling won’t require a large outlay of cash — for supplies — or time — to get it right.

Frog Pants
Pattern: Burda 9793
Material: Alphabet Frogs from superbuzzy but I’ve also seen it at reprodepot
Yardage: less than 1/2 yard of the 45″ in wide fabric
Modifications: I added a little twill tape loop to the back.


14 Responses to “Ribbit – We Have Pants”

  1. 1 Anina March 27, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Hi! I love the little outfit. I can’t help you with labels or stencils, but I don’t think you have to make ANYTHING to justify getting a serger. Once you have one you’ll wonder what you EVER did without it – especially for knit fabrics. You might find a good used one if you check the classifieds or craigslist.com.

  2. 2 tracy March 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    i have tons of freezer paper. let me know if you want some… xo

  3. 3 melissa f. March 27, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    freezer paper stenciling is *that* good. but i know what you mean.

    what size is he wearing? i am awash in supplies.

    i don’t own a serger, but i think it’s pretty dependent on the type/brand of machine you buy. i think some are more trouble than they are worth.

  4. 4 Jen March 27, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, freezer paper stenciling costs practically nothing. You can get a humongous roll of freezer paper at the grocery store for about $2.50, and a jar of fabric paint for $4 (or an 8-pack of colors for maybe $10), then a little sponge-y paint brush–I know they sell those at the dollar store. Those supplies will last you for ages, so the most expensive part is the actual shirt–try the sale rack at Old Navy. And go for a flat knit–not a rib. Rib will work, but the design will crack when the shirt stretches, which of corse it totally fine if you like a distressed look.

    The shorts are darling!

  5. 5 pamela wynne March 27, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Cute! I get my labels at http://www.namemaker.com — they have a huge selection.

  6. 6 Laura March 27, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    So adorable! Cannot help you with your branching out into new crafts, but I can wait to see what you come up with!

  7. 7 amandajean March 27, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    super cute pants for your boy! nice job!!!

  8. 8 Nic March 28, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I am about to start figuring out what serger I want – my justification is that even if I make 3 things a year I want them to look as good as I can make them, and the overlocking stich on my sewing machine just doesn’t cut the mustard. Also having used one at college there really is no turning back. Get one. You need it. No, you deserve it…

  9. 9 Rebecca March 29, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Ahhh……now he doesn’t look like a baby boy anymore, he looks like a toddler! How quickly time passes.

  10. 10 Felicia March 29, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Love his froggy pants!

  11. 11 Sonya March 29, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Sergers will change your life. I got one – just the cheapest Brother – and I do not even sew that much. I thought it would make me a better sewer – mmm, negligible, but they are amazing. Think about it this way, you are going to have a foray into freezer paper printing, which, as the previous comments state, minimal outlay. You could screen or gocco print – much more for supplies. So what you are saving, instead goes towards the serger. Be warned though, the thread (all four big honkin’ cones for each color) that you have to buy, seems like a splurge by itself.

  12. 12 martha March 30, 2007 at 8:10 am

    I think it’s important to have clothing look good on the inside as well -and the clothes will last longer if they have finished seams. Also great for knits, as someone else stated.
    I got my serger new in the box on ebay for half price. Still expensive, but totally worth it.
    The way you’re going with the sewing, you’ll be opening your own shop soon!
    The shorts are perfect.

  13. 13 molly March 30, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    i don’t have answers to any of your questions because my brain is mush at the moment. BUT, those pants are adorable! i wish i made more clothes for my children. my mother was SO good about that. I need to get with it!!

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