Edited to add links to the sites ("Then I came across a couple sites...")
If you've been reading this for awhile, or know me, you know of my love-hate relationship with sewing. I really want to sew well. But, I alternate being being a perfectionist and being lazy. At the wrong times/situations. With all my health issues this past year, I've put on a bit of weight. I'm also exercising, and just plain running around like crazy and want to be comfortable. I had some cotton knit fabric and was browsing the internet for a yoga pants pattern, either create your own or store bought. Then I came across a couple sites on how to turn a t shirt into a pair of yoga pants! Well, of course, I had no t-shirts I was willing to chop up. And man, Value Village has a LOT of t-shirts. It was actually hard to find one I liked, in a colour I liked, with a graphic I liked. Finally I found this grey one with a line of drinks across the chest and "It's 5:00 somewhere". We didn't go to any of the Margaritaville's on our cruises, but the reports back sure made them sound like fun!
(I'd never wear them in real life with a short shirt, this was during the sewing process!).
So, I had a few sewing issues. Tension, as always. I was happy to use my stretch overcast stitch, and have finished edges at the same time as seaming. But those seams were a little ripply. Then, to attach the 'waistband' (ie..."no longer a college student panel"), I used the straight stretch stitch, but as soon as I put them on, the seam started breaking! I'm not sure what stitch I used to fix that; I'll have to check before I do pair #2.
I thought I had a brilliant idea with the waist band. I read some reports that say the t-shirt fabric stretches out and doesn't stay up. I needed the full width of the sleeves to make the waistband and I noticed the hem on the sleeve was wide enough for elastic. So I stitched the two sleeves together along the sides, pinned them to the pants, and stitched up (and stitched again after totally blowing out the seam trying them on). I started to feed the elastic and got around to the other side seam when reality hit...and the casing was stitched closed. I had to pick out that bit, and some day, go back and handstitch it closed.I wasn't expecting the drinks to end up so high up on my little bum. Something to think about when choosing a shirt...like my next one that has a saying across the chest...
These are totally comfy although the seam across the upper bum makes me think they're falling down all the time, LOL. I used a size L shirt (men's) and used up almost all of it. You probably won't see me out in public in these pants, but they're great for weekends.