Monday, April 1, 2013

Pant Rejuvenation!

Hey. What's up. It's April and I've got lots of plans. Nathan's dad is visiting us this week, our good friend Nate the next, then my friend Steph and I are going to visit our friend Michael in Olympia the last weekend in April. I'm making a new piece on seven dancers for a performance in May, and also performing in a friend's piece for the same show. I have a grant application due in two weeks, and I still don't know what I'm going to prepose. Meanwhile all my co-workers are traveling, so my work schedule's a bit crazy, but it will be good to get some extra hours in after the time I took off in February and March. I was motivated the first week after I got back from Colorado to get stuff done, which was impeded this week a bit by a cranked back (yes, injured again, but minorly) and Nathan having spring break which means he was around the house a lot and my normal productivity was reduced of course. We got to spend some time together though, and this weekend was 70 degrees and sunny, so pretty much couldn't be beat. We spent Easter eating and sitting on the sun deck facing the bay at my dad's cousin's house, I didn't take any pictures, but it was glorious and Nathan and I are both a little sunburned.

Ok, but this is what I did the other week, inspired by this tutorial that I found:
I kinda knew everything in this tutorial already, but it reminded me that I have a lot of pants, that are perfectly good, but don't fit me very well, and I have the power to change th
These had a lot of extra bagginess around the thighs and knees, but I took in the inseam, and now they fit nicely!

On the Right is before, on the left is after. The pic doesn't really do it justice, but it's much more flattering.

Also these, which I call my beach comber pants. They are linen and very comfy...

But are much too large. The crotch is halfway to my knees, and the length hit my low-shin awkwardly.

I took in the outsides and now they are high-wasted, the crotch is where it should be, but they are still loose and super comfortable--perfect for my next warm weather beach outing...not sure when that will be.
And then these guys fit perfectly for the most part, except for some reason people like to make jeans long enough for a very giant skinny person. Since I'm not 6"1', the ends of my pants look like this:
Very Wrinkly.
Much better!

I even got inspired to take in some of Nathan's pants, which were "relaxed fit" which translates to baggy and sloppy.

Left leg "before" Right leg "after"
I took in the other leg of course too. I have more items to mend/alter. It's not worth having items around that aren't flattering. I like to think alterations can be a thrifty way to make the things you already have work better for you. With a refreshed item, it's almost like you just went shopping in your own closet.

Hope to get back to more crafting, sorting, and organizing. I already have six paper bags of things to give away/sell, but I have been putting off tackling the files and the bathroom, which are both in desperate need of organization.

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