This Project was a challenge but I love how these turned out. Actually, even when I finished I thought I wouldn’t like them on my little boy but fell in love once I saw his reaction. I had tried them on half way through the project and the outcome looked grim. I’m happy I kept going and finished this project. One of the best parts of sewing for my kids is when they are ecstatic about their new clothes. Honestly, it can be equally disappointing when I spend hours sewing and my kids won’t wear what I made. Believe me, it happens. This time he asked me how long he could wear these joggers for and if he could wear them the first day of school.
Try making these yourself! Here is the Tutorial:
I would consider this project advanced, but maybe that’s because I probably spent an hour unpicking and re-sewing the bottom cuff three times. When I first started sewing I would avoid unpicking at all costs. I’d cut the material before I’d unpick. As I’ve become better I see value in unpicking. Every time I unpick I think, “Just a bit of idiot’s college.” If I spend the time to properly fix a mistake I almost never make that mistake again. When I “cut” corners I usually trip-up multiple times in the future. Did you catch that Pun?
The Life Lesson: This might be silly but this is a true lesson I’ve learned from sewing that has applied directly to my life. Taking problems honestly and head-on, taking full responsibility, has major benefits. Sometime we think, cutting the corner or lying will be easier but it always makes the results worse. Telling the truth can be so hard and tedious, like unpicking, but the damage control after lying is like taking that shortcut and cutting the fabric short. In refashions there is no extra fabric to lend to mistakes. Sometimes there is no extra fabric in relationships to spare and cutting corners can be permanently damaging.
Real life Application: The other day I totally overreacted to something this cute little boy did. As I was getting mad at him I was thinking, “What is wrong with me? Why am I acting like this? How can a 5-year-old evoke such emotions over me?” and I immediately felt so horrible for losing my cool. Then pride set in, and I tried to justify my frustration, or lie to myself about how I was feeling. Luckily, I quickly realized if I didn’t want to act like this ever again I needed to face the painful truth and unpick my actions by being honest. I immediately pulled him aside and expressed my most sincere apology. Luckly kids are the most forgiving! We had such a good talk about how others feel when we treat them the way we both treated each other and we both had consequences. Sewing gives me the opportunity to have a creative outlet but parenting has stretched my creativity to a new level. In that moment I decided we both needed to serve each other 3 times before bed. The rest of the night I was thinking about how to serve him and he to me. This, on the spot creativity, changed the rest of our night.
So to all of those who do not want to unpick, do it! It is worth it! JUMP for it!
Here are some more pictures of this boy and his Joggers made from his dad’s shirt: