Reliving One's Youth




So, this is how I spent my birthday yesterday, doing something I haven't done for far too long!  The kids have been asking for ages to go skiing and even though the field is only a couple of hours away, it is something we have never got around to, until now!  It was only decided last weekend, that we were going which mean't new ski pants, for me at least.  Having made ski pants for Courteney last winter, I knew what I was trying to achieve but decided to make mine a little more roomy. 

 
 
Like Courteney's pants, I used Jalie 2908 and my stash of Goretex bought for next to nothing on Trademe a very long time ago.  I added 3cm to the waist and 4cm to each side seam.  I didn't cut these to a bootleg shape like the pattern, instead grading out to a straight leg style.  I initially intended to line them with polar fleece and add a snow gusset in the legs, like Courteney's pair but because of time constraints, because it is spring and warmer,  and the risk of the field being closed because of wind at this time of the year, I chose to keep it simple, knowing that all of this could be added at a later date.  Like Courteney's the waistband is elasticated at the back and belt loops were added so I could wear a belt if need be.


And the verdict....well, the pants fit comfortably over my running leggings and I did not need the fleece lining because it was warm up there, well as warm as it is going to get on a snow clad mountain!  But for next time, and there will be a next time, I think I will alter them and add the lining and leg gussets like Courteney's.
 

 
 
 



 Now, while we are on the topic of ski pants, all of the pants worn by my family in the above pictures, were made from the same goretex haul by yours truly.  The male members of the household, including my husband who will be suitably unimpressed by his photo appearing here,  are sporting unlined versions.  Callum has requested that I also make him some "proper" ones for next time.  I could be busy!  Just as well the season is over in a couple of weeks and I have all summer to get organised!



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  1. What a fun way to spend your birthday! I am so impressed that you sewed ski pants for your whole family -- wow!

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    1. It was a lot of fun and certainly a birthday to remember.

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  2. Looks like a great birthday - Happy Birthday to You! Ski pants are a most impressive project.

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  3. The mountain looks perfect, a great way to spend your birthday. I'm so impressed with your family of ski pants!

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    1. Thank you! The scenery certainly is outstanding.

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  4. Happy belated Birthday! That's great you made the ski pants, they are so expensive to buy. What ski field did you go to?

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    1. Expensive and probably a bit difficult to buy this late in the year. We went to Mt Hutt.

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  5. The ski pants are really nice. Glad you had a good time. I'm on the opposite season. I spent my birthday grabbing the last of the warmth before we hit autumn. Then back inside to have dinner and cake with my family.

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    1. The snow is mostly man made at this point. The barren surroundings are more the reality. It hasn't been a good year for the real stuff here. It is a strange thing to leave home in shirt sleeves to go skiing! The field will be closing soon so the staff can go work in the northern hemisphere.

      I am pleased you had a nice day as well.

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  6. Happy birthday. I am very impressed that you made all those pants. I did consider it for our recent Tasmania ski holiday (inspired by your earlier pair), but in the end I got some from the op shop!

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  7. Happy birthday Andrea! so glad you had a marvellous day. I'm envious you are so close to ski slopes, we all adore to ski in our family but I completely suck at it. However since I didn't even see snow until I was 28 yrs old I guess I have a pretty good excuse! :)

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    1. Thank you! I can see how you would not exactly be able to make it for a day trip! I guess that is the advantage to living in a geographically small country. You don't have to go far to get anywhere.

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