Oh gosh, don’t be fooled, these are not MC Hammer pants. This pattern predates the “U Can’t Touch This” video by about five years. That timing gels with my memory of these pants that were hugely popular in my California suburb. I was in Jr. High, it was the mid eighties and all us girls wanted these comfy pants.
My sister and I longed for these pants. Somehow, if we had these pants our lives would be better, or so we convinced ourselves. Our mom offered to buy us each a pair. We didn’t ask her for much at that particular time, because she was still in emotional and financial shock from our father leaving us. She wanted to bring us a small piece of joy at a time when all of the hearts in our household were shattered in a million pieces. I’m not saying that these pants fixed anything, but were, rather, just a sweet token of love from our mama during a difficult time.
Our acquisition was done at a nearby swap meet, where these colorful pants hung high from merchant stalls like flags, waving in the warm California breeze. I’m not gonna lie, I was too skinny at the time for them, and this particular pair of pants often wanted to slide off my body, and my butt was lost in all that fabric, but I didn’t care at all. I remember them fitting my sister better. But I thought everything fit her better….I though she was the ultimate of all life everywhere for all time everlasting.
This is the first garment I sewed 100% on my serger. It was thrilling! Sometimes, I feel totally out of control when I am sewing like the machine is pulling the fabric and I’m just an innocent onlooker. I tried to be in charge of all that fabric and didn’t do too bad, but I had a lot of self-talk, a lot of, “Hey! That’s okay! Nobody will see THAT part” a lot of “Ooohhh, come back here you fabric, oh no! oh yes! OK!” This was quick to sew. I was excited to see if I could do it. Could I control the serger machine to actually construct an entire garment? I screwed up some stuff, like I did something strange & mysterious with the pockets and also was unsure of what to do with the dangling serger chains. I made something that looks similar to the pattern illustration, I'm ok with that!
I tried using it, but I didn’t fit on it. Brought this potty chair back to life for someone, so it can be used for more generations. 💩