Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Homemade Maternity Pants

Hey Blog! A thing you may not know about me is that I am a little over 4 months pregnant! And I'm really excited about it.

I'm kind of cheap, and not excited about buying maternity pants. I own one pair so far from H&M which are pretty cute and comfortable. But it seems silly to buy more than that when I'll only wear them for a few months. However, over the last couple of weeks I've had to admit that I officially can't fit into any of my other pants comfortably. So I decided it was time to add another pair to my collection.

Thanks to a tutorial from Meg over at DIY Maternity, I was able to fashion these beauties out of some very old GAP chinos.
I really wasn't sure if I'd be able to pull this off, but I totally did! And they look good. I even kept the pockets and some of the belt loops in the back. The best part is that they are loose pants, which are more comfortable than my fashionable H&M skinny maternity jeans.

I think I cut them a bit too low in front, but I might like that as I grow bigger. Right now if I wear certain shirts you can see a little of the navy blue peaking out, but with long maternity shirts it is not a problem.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Whale Inlay

This is the picture that Gus drew for me a while back. I transferred the outline to another piece of paper, cut it out, and pinned it under the cloth as I was weaving. Then I worked an inlay in a lighter blue to create the silhouette of the whale in the weaving. This went far quicker than I imagined.
The image ended up being reversed because I forgot that the "right" side of the cloth was facing the floor as I wove the the "wrong" side was facing me. But that's not a big deal. Just something to keep in mind if I were ever to use inlay to create letters or numbers.

Now I plan to embroider the details.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Whale Project

The place mats are finished and in the hands of a new owner. Leaving my loom free for a new project that I started over the holidays. It might be hard to tell, but it's a whale. I asked my husband to draw a whale a while back with the intention to embroider it. I spent a long time deciding what kind of fabric I wanted to embroider it on, and finally decided- I'll just weave something. And of course, I then made it more complicated by deciding to use inlay to fill in the body of the whale as I weave. I plan to embroider an outline and the details once it is off the loom.
Unfortunately, my camera has decided to stop working lately. Every picture I take turns out blurry and half the time it gets stuck in video mode even though the switch is turned to photo mode. Obviously I need a new one, but it might take me a while to make that happen.