Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sewing Up Christmas: Coastal Cargos

So I was off for a bit for a family Thanksgiving trip.  It was wonderful, but I did miss the machine.  Fortunately though I am not too behind.

Just prior to leaving for the big feast, I finished my first garment for Christmas!  This pair of Coastal Cargos from Blank Slate Patterns. 

The pattern is great with lots of options.  I actually dropped lots of the options in favor of simplicity and speed.  These are not really cargos anymore, but still, the other details are fun and make the pants look super, custom cool, without a lot of fuss. 

I had a lot of fun with the material more than anything else.  The main pant material is a very soft grey cord from Hobby Lobby.  The boys both seem excited to wear it since it feels like PJs.  I opted for some aqua and white polka dot bias tape on the seams.

I have never made bias tape before and was a little leery, but turns out it's as simple as having a steady hand and a good ruler.  Now I am jonesing to do all sorts of projects with cute custom bias tape trim! 

I decided to get more creative with the pockets and add some contrasting fabric.  It's called Canyon Stripe from the Free Spirit line by Westminster Fabrics.  I love the texture in the stripes AND it works great to tie my palette colors together.

After the bias tape, the second new construction feat that I tackled this time was a zippered fly.  I'm not going to lie, this took some figuring on my part.  The directions were pretty clear, but it always takes some mulling over in my mind to turn the written description into something I can visualize. 

In the end, the pants close!  And the zip fly adds a finished professionalism that I love. 

I was forced to omit the button for the fly when my little guy said, "I hate those because I can't pee."  Alright then.  Minor detail.

The slide closure looks perhaps, even more chic and makes everyone happy.

So my first pair of "real" pants are ready for action!  Christmas is coming along!  Hopefully I will finish in time for Santa pictures!

Anyone else working on Christmas too?  Leave me a comment and tell me what you are getting ready! 

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