Thursday, May 1, 2008

Aaaargh!

Just got a text message from my daughter...the mother of my grandchildren...as it turns out, little Missy is not, after all, 43 inches tall, but rather 39 inches tall.

No wonder these pants look so freaking long! The next time I see my daughter, she gets a slap upside the head before she gets a hug.

I'm thinking I need to shorten these by maybe 3 inches. Here's the million dollar question: do you think that any of that length needs to be taken from the crotch depth, or do you think it's okay to take it all from the bottom. Well, not the bottom, exactly. I'm going to cut off that bottom extension, cut the length off of the bottom of the upper pant leg, then sew the extension back on. That way I'll keep the extension from becoming so narrow that it just looks stupid and save my good work on that casing.

So what do you think: Shorten them at the top or not?

And on another front, I found out last night that my favorite Joann is going be be closing permanently around the middle of July. True, there's another Joann equidistant from my home in the other direction, and that the other one happens to be a huge, clean, well organized facility, while the other is small, cramped and incredibly disorganized (NOTE: this is coming from someone who called her blog, "Sew Confused," so you can get some idea of just how disorganized this place is). However - and this is big - the small store carries a much better selection of fashion fabric than the bigger one. That big one is filled up with craft supplies, bolt after bolt of quilting cotton, decorator fabrics, cheap (in the worst possible sense) decor and every color and pattern of fleece imaginable. Fashion fabrics? Not so much.

So in the long run, that pretty much sucks. However - and this is big, too - there's going to be a liquidation sale. So as Ma Ingalls would have said, "There's no great loss without some small gain."

7 comments:

Bunny said...

I would think that some of that length would have to come out of the torso. So I would take out maybe a half inch above the crotch and then do the rest in the legs. JMHO. At least you got some feedback!

Paula said...

That's what I was thinking, too, Bunny. Ugh! I hate making changes like this after the fact.

Dawn said...

I hate making changing like that so much I would just sew them as is. Kids grow so fast that she'll be able to wear them soon anyway. Don't think of it as being lazy, you're being practical and planning for the future. ;)

Paula said...

Well the thing is, kids in our family don't "grow so fast." The pants are summery and even though they live it Texas, it gets cold in the winter. I want her to be able to wear them now. So it will be my Saturday sewing project.

Lindsay T said...

Joann's, Joann's, Joann's: What to say about this chain. The one near me is a chaotic mess with ignorant staff, and I thought all Joann's were like this one. Then I went to a Joann's in Maine and it was clean, well-stocked and well-organized. But I long for the days of small independent fabric stores and thank my lucky stars I can at least get into NYC when I need to.

Kat said...

If they look fine on her overall and the pant leg is just too long, I say do it the easiest way taking the length out at the hem. Young kids generally are not that fussy. If she's a little fashion diva, however, that's a different story.

Paula said...

Kat, if I could try them on her life would be so much easier because I could measure her myself, but she's 2,000+ miles away in Texas. :-(