Spotty | Polka Dot Cottage


Posted December 4th, 2012 by

This show-and-tell was a year in the making. I first cut into the polka dot fabric sometime after Thanksgiving last year. I was so sure that I knew what I was doing, that I didn’t even crack open the book for the directions. I just placed my pattern pieces on the fabric, cut out the parts on the fold (my first mistake), and set about sewing them together in the same way that I make bandana pants.

And they would have been perfect if I’d just followed directions. What I ended up with was a lopsided pair of pants with one crazy-wide leg and one too-narrow leg. And being the impatient sewist that I am, I threw my hands up in resignation and stashed the pants away for a year.

What I had neglected to take into account was the fact that bandana pants are exactly the same in the front and the back. The Amy Butler wide-leg lounge pants from In Stitches are not.

I have three other versions of these pants, and I am particularly fond of my floral pair and my leafy pair, but it bothers me that they’re so seasonal. I have a hard time bringing myself to wear pink flowers at Christmas, or orange leaves in the summer.  Yeah, it’s a weird hangup of mine. But that’s why a polka dot pair was so appealing to me – I could wear them any time of year I wanted to.

This weekend, the desire to wear my polka dot pants finally overcame my desire to avoid the seam ripper, and I just sat down and did it. I took those suckers completely apart, and then I read the directions (gasp!) and put them back together the right way. I am so happy with them!

In fact, I kind of feel like making another pair now. I have some Santa fabric. Maybe another seasonal pair is in order? It’s not like I have anything else on my to-make list at this time of year… (ha!)

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