Monday, February 01, 2010
homemade monday: trousers from a shirt
when i spent a year in india i had the good fortune of attending the dalai lama's spring teachings. every morning i'd arrive bright and early and sit in the same spot surrounded by the same people. we'd situate ourselves on our zafus, sip steaming milk butter tea poured by the monks, and communicate with one another, whether it be with words or with eye contact, for not everyone attending spoke the same language. by the end of the teachings, i'd gotten to know my neighbors pretty well. two of my neighbors were an american girl and an english chap. we used to joke about the differences in american and british usages of the english language. one day our british friend told us with a laugh that in england, pants is a term for underwear. from that time on, i've tried my best to stick with the word trousers to refer to the long coverings we wear on our legs!
this weekend i used a thrifted striped shirt to sew up some trousers for tristan. the directions are in amanda soule's the creative family. i left lots of room for growth, but was generally pleased with the result.
there was some left over bits of shirt, including two perfectly formed thin pointy triangles between the area where the trousers had been cut.
so i made a hat from the same fabric for tristan.
and one for iris.
whether a poem, a collage, a piece of handwork, a baked good or a clean corner in your home, it's always a relief to have created something by monday!