Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sailor Pants with a Cherry on Top

Spring has finally arrived here in Oregon, we hit 70 degrees today and I am so happy to feel the warmth from the sun again. One thing that the warm weather made perfectly clear is that my daughter has grown a lot since last summer and is in dire need of spring/summer clothes. Being the frugal mama that I am, I decided to make her a few things using up some of my fabric stash.
Note to self: remember to iron before taking pictures to share with the world
First up was a pair of sailor pants that I absolutely love!  I used a wonderful tutorial that I found over at Me Sew Crazy to make these sailor pants. The tutorial is really great and very easy to follow, I'm thinking I may use this method to make a pair for myself. Don't tell anyone but I used a sheet that I picked up dirt cheap at Target a few months ago to make these pants. Actually do tell someone, sheets are a great frugal tip when it comes to sewing, I use them all the time. I just make sure to buy 400 thread count or higher so that the clothes I make with them aren't scratchy. Target quite often has them on sale for 4 or 5 dollars for a flat twin sheet and you get a lot of fabric for that price. With this sheet alone, I have made myself a bathing suit cover-up, these sailor pants and I have enough left to make a dress for my daughter, I will post that when I get it done.

For the shirt, I used an existing plain white t-shirt in my daughter's closet that had a stain on the front. I cut out a rectangle of cute cherry fabric that I had left over from a skirt I made her a few years ago and appliqued on a couple of large cherries, that I free hand cut out of scraps. I then took the entire rectangle and appliqued it right over the stains on the t-shirt, good as new and pretty darn cute. The only complaint I have is, I wish I had remembered to back the shirt with a little bit of stabilizer because as I was sewing the applique onto the t-shirt, the fabric of the t-shirt pulled quite a bit and caused it to pucker quite a bit. Oh well lesson learned, at least I didn't learn this lesson on a new shirt.


  1. I am ALL ABOUT the usage of sheets for clothes! It is indeed a great tip, you can get sooo much fabric for such a great price! One thing I browse thrift shops for regularly.

    The pants came out great!! So happy you were able to use the tute!

  2. Jessica,
    Thanks again for the is really great and easy to follow. I will definitely be using more of your tute's in the future.

  3. they look great. I would never have guessed a sheet!

  4. Absolutely Brilliant ! Love them, adorable.