Monday 31 March 2014

Beach Pants and a Holiday...

I recently holidayed with a girlfriend whom I've known since we were both 12 years of age. We drove to Bluey's Beach, Pacific Palms, a small coastal township in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, where we spent a fabulous week.

The photo above was taken several years ago, when I flew to Port Douglas, in Queensland. The pants are great for the beach. Being 100% cotton they keep me cool, whilst providing protection from the sun. They are, however, way too baggy!!! I decided I'd fix them for this holiday.

Easy as...
  • Put the pants on inside out
  • Pin one leg to the required width.
  • Baste, remove pins and sew.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Try on to check the fit.
  • Turn inside out again.
  • Sew the second leg the same as the first.
  • Trim the seams and neaten.

I took them in a couple of times and possibly could have made them a little narrower, but I was more than happy with the fit.

No more saggy, baggy pants, yet they are roomy enough to be cool and comfortable.

The majority of our time was spent walking along beautiful beaches. We really are fortunate in Australia, to have such spectacular beaches.

We drove to nearby towns. The pelicans and seagulls at Foster shared our fish and prawns for lunch.

Although overcast for much of the time, the water was warm. We were very lucky with the Autumn weather and missed the rain they were experiencing back home in Sydney.

The day after our holiday, I attended three days at a quilting retreat, but I'll tell you more about that in future posts.

... Pam


  1. Looks like you had a wonderful short break. I'm very impressed by your very sun smart photo of you in Port Douglas - that's exactly how I look at the beach too!

  2. Those pictures look amazing...

  3. What fun, your pants turned out great, that first picture is a great picture of you!

  4. What is this problem you mention - pants too baggy - how is that possible? It's certainly not something that happens in MY part of the world - too tight, yes - but too baggy? NEVER!! :D

    The downsize looks good, and you look like you're having a great time - I love that picture of you with the pelicans and seagulls - the big guy doesn't seem to believe what you were telling him - perhaps that you had no raw fishies in your purse for him? LOL!

  5. What spectacular beaches! You ARE lucky. I've never gotten nearly that close to a pelican.

    The beach pants came out great. I get what you mean about them. I like baggy, but sometimes my idea about where that "baggy" should be and the manufacturer's are just not the same. This would be an easy (well, fairly--still some work!) fix.

  6. What a great job on altering the pants! Your pictures of the beach are wonderful. I might not ever make it down there, but it certainly makes me want to go!

  7. Your alteration looks great! What a beautiful it still warm enough to swim? Wish I am vacationing there now. I may be a little scared to be so close to the pelicans though ;)

  8. OH just looking at your photos makes me want to go on a holiday - somewhere near the beach! Well done with the alteration :)

  9. Sounds like you had a great time Pam - such lovely photos of those gorgeous beaches! Lucky you!!!

  10. Your vacation spot looks amazing! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  11. Great alteration Pam, you make it sound so simple :)

  12. It's lovely to holiday with a friend you've known for so long. It looks like you had a great relaxing time!


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