Ankara Pants- Simplicity 2562

Hey Everyone!
I'm back again this week with another blog post.
This time it's Ankara Pants!
Many of you remember me posting these pants on some of my Facebook Sewing Groups and now I've decided to do a blog about it. I made this pants in December 2014 or January 2015, this was before I knew I was excepting. After I received the news, I knew I had to put them away until after the baby. Well I didn't have the baby, but I did get a job. LOL! After getting this job, I knew I needed to start finishing my garments I've sewn, because I refuse to pay for anything I can make myself.

I know I need to make more Ankara pants, I've gotten so many compliments.
I've also gotten a lot of offers but I just don't like sewing for others, it's just extremely too much pressure.

I really took my time on these and wanted them to come out great and they did too.

Almost everyone knows that Simplicity 2562 is my go to pattern when I want a really nice
pair of trousers. I always use Average Cut, they just make you feel 10 feet tall.  

Everything's all cut out and ready to sew..

I never ever do Step 4, to me it makes your pants look too bulky in the front and it hard to sew..

I used a striped print for the pocket. 
I was afraid I may not have enough fabric, plus I wanted a little contrast.

View of pocket all attached and you all know the rest. 

Pant all sewn together but no zipper or hemming.
Aren't they Fabulous!!!

Zipper all done. 
One thing I've noticed about myself, I hate putting on the front lap of pants. 
I just like the exposed zipper in different colors. 
That's just me, please don't judge.. 

We're all finished!! 

Picture of me in the pants.
These pictures really don't do these pants justice.
They're so vibrant, fun and I felt so proud..

Another view of these..

Love that pattern matching!!!

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Until Next Time...

Family Fun! A Day at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to share some of my family time with you all.
First, I wanted to let you all know something. I don't blog for the "money", shit I don't get any money, LOL. I blog because it's a creative outlet for me and I use this to express myself and get all of my ideas in my head out. I do the Family Time to capture the little moments our family share and in time when my girls get older they can come here and see the places we've been, how much fun they had and think back on the memories. I know I only have 23 followers and most of you have more than 1000 or so, but still enjoy sharing with you all and capturing the moments with my family. It's only the 4 of us and we've lived in Dallas for about 12 years, I told my babies this summer we are going to experience Dallas like never before. When I wasn't working we really had to save up months to go to places we wanted to go or our car didn't have air condition and I wasn't about to subject my kids to the Texas Heat, LOL!
Now that everything is O.K. and we have an extra paycheck coming in, plus and new car, 
Thank God!! 
We can enjoy the summer with the girls like we want to... 

Well from time to time during the summer, I'll be posting blogs of our Family Time..
Hope you enjoy.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

It's such a beautiful and pristine place but on that day it was hot as hell..

The Blue Bonnets were in full bloom.

Laila acting a fool, this was an on going thing to.
I took a lot of pictures and her crazy butt smiled like that on almost ever one..
So I couldn't use a lot.
Still family fun!!

This part of the Garden was called A Woman’s Garden it was so tranquil and relaxed.

Beautiful Bronze Statue
She looks as if she's in deep thought.  

Laila, it's that smile again..

Mohammad in deep thought looking at the Koi Pond and Waterfall.

It was beautiful..

The Bigger Picture

Japanese Maple was so beautiful

More Flowers

Nile playing in the stream.

I took and picture of this because I thought this was so pretty. The flowers are actually growing into the rocks.. I see a DIY in my future..

Crape Myrtle Allee was lovely.
It looks like it was set up for a wedding..

Laila sitting with Claude Monet

Niles not in the mood for Claude Monet..
My baby was actually turning red, it was extremely to damn hot.
She was so over it..

Hubby sitting on Benjamin Franklin

So Lovely

Tell me why is he running after a rabbit..


Why does my daughter do this to me??


Until Next Time...


Printed Knit Series...#2 The Printed Jumpsuit..

Hey Everyone!
I'm back with the second installment of the Printed Knit Series..
You all are going to have to forgive me. 
Last week, I was out of town for my oldest Wedding.
She made such a Beautiful Bride, I'll post some of those picture in another time. I was also to busy making her reception outfit, my jumpsuit and 2 pair of linen pants for my middle daughter and hubby to even think about my blog project.

After all of that I got back home and was in no mood to do anything, so I took a week of sewing off. 
But now I'm back and ready for the second installment of the Printed Knit Series.
At first, I was going to do all 3 dresses, but then I thought that maybe I could switch it up a little and try to make a jumpsuit. I only had 2 yards of fabric and a prayer, LOL.. 
It worked out wonderfully!

Should have taken a picture. I'll take a picture next time I wear it.
Close up view of her.

For the top of the Jumpsuit I used McCall's 6752.

As you can see below, I just traced a good fit pair of pants that I liked.
One good of advice about knit to me is, knits are forgiving. They stretch so you can cut a little to big or small because of the "stretchiness". So put prints in that equation an it's great of camouflaging about whole of imperfections. Not that I had any, LOL!

All cut out.

I had just enough of material to cut my top out..

I used McCall's 6752

I made a pocket by using the inside of my daughter's cutout heart, below this
picture. I just turned the heart upside down and cut 4 pieces out.

How the back of my daughter's reception jumpsuit was..
I'll post this another time. 

Now back to the knits.
Pockets are being measured and sewn on.

How it looks after pocket is sewn on

Sewn both pockets together. 

And there you have it.. 
It's soo easy a kid can do it..

Sewed the inside seam of the pants together.

Better view of the insides sewn together.

This is how it looks when sides are sewn together.

Good pair of knit pairs you have.. 
You can stop there if you like and add the elastic , but I went a little further..

The top came out really nice.. 

I sewed both pieces together. 

Both piece together

I also made a little sash to go around my waist..
Lawd, I need a new pair of scissors.

This is the jumpsuit without the elastic.

Back without elastic.

My finished product with elastic.
I know for a fact I'll be making a lot more of these.
In fact, I have one on as I'm typing this.
Jumpsuit are now my go to garments.

I hope you've enjoyed this Part #2 of my Printed Knit Series.
If there's any patterns or garments you like me to try to recreate or just ask a question.
Don't hesitant!

Until Next Time...

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