Ghetto Groundhog

October 17, 2012

Ghetto Blaster Slouchy Trousers 1

These trousers may look rather familiar – only a few days ago I showed you Casper’s sweatpants, made with a very cool thrifted hoody. As I only used the sleeves for those I was able to make something for Rowan out of the body of the hoody. This time I used the low and lazy loungies tutorial that Sophie did as part of the KCWC build up. How could I do anything else with this amazing fabric? They came together very quickly and look so comfy and cosy on. I’d quite like a pair myself although I’m not sure I could carry them off so well.

Ghetto Blaster Slouchy Trousers 2

The original front pocket of the hoody was a bit too wide so I cut a bit out of the middle and turned the two remaining pieces into patch pockets. Casper chose the red for the cuffs and waistband and I topstitched them both with metallic red thread, though it doesn’t really show in the photos here. I might go back and add it to the pockets too. Sophie’s suggested waistband measurements were perfect although I’ll do anything to avoid hand sewing so I used a different method to construct both of mine.

I didn’t take any pictures but basically I sewed the ribbing into a loop and fold wrong sides together, sewed the elastic into a loop, then tucked the elastic inside the ribbing so it was touching the fold and pinned it into place. I then serged the edges of the ribbing together (this is not essential if you don’t have a serger) and finally sewed it onto the trousers.

Ghetto Blaster Slouchy Trousers Collage

I like to think he’s pulling a few breaking dancing moves in the middle photo. One great advantage of this style of trousers at this time of year is that they’re perfect for tucking into wellies. I just hope I get some more lucky thrift shop finds to make them with.

Ghetto Blaster Slouchy Trousers 3

I completed these on day 6 of KCWC and managed to nearly finish another project on day 7, it just needs buttons and buttonholes before I can share it with you. Even though I didn’t get going properly until halfway through I had a really productive KCWC and it feels good to get back to sewing kids’ clothes – thanks so much for the motivation Meg.



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  • Reply Katrine October 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I love that fabric! Well done on KCWC! I didn’t get much accomplished because sick kids and ER visits got in the way. But it was still fun!

    • Reply Laura October 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it. Shame I’m not likely to find anything like it again. Sorry to hear your KCWC was so interrupted, I hope you’ve managed to finish what you had planned since then.

  • Reply Celina October 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Awesome! I love that you used the original pockets, isn’t upcycling magical? Can’t wait to see your last project 😉 I used to sew my waistband like you, but now I just keep the elastic opening open!

    • Reply Laura October 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Celina. It certainly makes it easier recycling the pocket. It took me a while to unpick everything to salvage it though. My last project is all finished except the last buttonhole that’s been causing trouble, I think a hack is required. Keeping the elastic opening open is a good idea 🙂

  • Reply abby October 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

    hmmm…I think I want a pair too, but I definitely couldn’t pull them off!

    • Reply Laura October 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Shame we can’t go out together wearing co-ordinating pairs, or is it?

  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchies} October 19, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Wow, You’re amazing! Two pairs of pants from one thrifted sweatshirt! Love it! They look so cute on your boys too:)

    • Reply Laura October 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Sue, I think I could get addicted to it.

  • Reply Corey October 22, 2012 at 5:43 am

    These are just great Laura! I had a plan to make a pair of these low and lazy cuties myself, and when I do I’m definitely using your method for the waistband. Very clever….

    • Reply Laura November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Corey, I look forward to seeing yours.

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