Linen. It’s one of my all time favourite fabrics to use. It’s definitely put a spell on me! I bought this gorgeous sky and white herringbone linen from Ditto Fabrics in January for a pair of trousers. Unfortunately they don’t have any left for me to direct you to! I decided not to use one of my usual patterns with wide legs as I had two in herringbone already. I went with a tapered leg style, number 103 from Burdastyle magazine April 2013.
I overlocked all the pieces before working with them as the linen frayed quite badly. I made the 44, grading up to a 46 from the hip upwards. I like the pressed pleat down the front and am pretty happy with the shape of the leg, although I might still shorten them a bit. They’re already 6 cm shorter than the original pattern.
The tee is a modified Maria Denmark Birgitte tee. Fabric came in the same parcel from Ditto Fabrics as the linen, it’s a lovely soft navy blue viscose jersey. For the pattern adjustments, I flared out the sides by 3cm and added a shaped hem. Then I cut a back yoke and cut the lower back on the fold with enough to add a small inverted pleat in the centre. It’s just enough to have a bit more movement.
But I wasn’t happy with just one pair of trousers. Oh no, I had to order plain blue navy linen from Fabworks Online to make another pair to wear with patterned (striped) tees!
Worn here with my self drafted cowl drape tee, this is exactly why I made the plain pants! I realise I hadn’t gone into any detail about this tee, you saw it first back in January with my first pair of Birkin Flares. I’ve not worn it until now, but it’s going into my suitcase next week, along with the blue trousers. Both pairs of trousers and the blue tee form part of my “Sew Seasonal Wardrobe” for the Summer.
The tee is from my tee shirt block, I’d made the cowl drape pattern back in November last year to make something to wear to the dreaded wedding. This is the same pattern, but with short sleeves. The jersey is really something, also from Ditto Fabrics and from the same parcel as the blue jersey and sky herringbone linen! Of all the fabric I ordered on that occasion from Ditto Fabrics, I have nothing left to find its way into my stash. Nothing but scraps, it’s all been made up now! Yippee! Now what to make with the left-over bits…