Work in Progress 1/2022

Woohoo, first Work in Progress of the year!  This time there’s no tutorial or how to, just me trying to hold myself accountable to the ongoing list in my head!  Sooo…  In progress are a couple of projects for the girls and some projects taking care of the growing mountain of scraps in the corner of the sewing room.

Starting with the girls’ projects.  Waistcoats – or vests for my American friends.  I have been informed that those delightful fashions of the 90s are back in vogue, and top on the list of those fashions are waistcoats.  Daughter No1 is particularly keen on a waistcoat as top, so I trawled through 5 years of Burda magazines from 1996 to 2000 and found two patterns she liked, also found a pattern envelope in the pattern drawers and another that was the same as one of the magazine ones, but available in more sizes.

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I’ve toiled Burda 2889 and New Look 6943, and I think she’s gong to prefer the fit of the Burda.  I need to post these now and I hope there won’t be too many fitting adjustments to be made.  She’s wanting one in black and another in white, so as soon as I know one of them is the winning pattern, I’ll get buying fabric!

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Waistcoat patterns

Daughter No 2 is also on a 90s vibe, and fancies some of the long, flowing viscose dresses we used to wear.  Again, the Burda magazines have come up trumps and I have a pattern to toile this week.  It’s number 129 from the April 1994 (South African edition) magazine.  We had a video call over two boxes of magazines and there are a few other things she’s after, but I won’t list them all now!  I’ll start with the dress and trace the others after it’s toiled.

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Dress 129 from the April 1994 Burda magazine – South African issue

However, I have made another toile for her, a pair of shorts from what I’m sure is a very late 80s pattern, although it might be early 90s.  New Look 6009 has three shorts offerings, we’ve gone with the longer length with turn-ups.  Again. toile is done, just need a fitting done.  Fingers crossed, because I really like this pattern!!

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New Look shorts 6009

So that’s what’s on my sewing table for the girls, looks like summer is on the way!!  Do you have summer sewing plans?  I can’t say I have a pressing desire to sew anything massively summery for myself just yet – I’m sitting here with thick socks and a chunky jumper on to keep warm!

Little Black Jacket

Way back last year in November, I was making a little black jacket – one I had hoped would be the warmer version of my little navy linen jacket that is so useful in the summer.  The pattern is 111 from the August issue of BurdaStyle magazine, 2021.  I’ll have to link to the Work in Progress post – it’s so long ago now!!  The details of what I needed to adjust for fitting are in that post, as well as a tutorial on how I do my in-seam pockets.   I took photos not long after the jacket was completed, but wasn’t entirely convinced with it.  Why?  Well, I wasn’t happy with the way the fabric behaved while sewing, for the most part.

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Burda jacket 111 August 2021

Despite being washed, dried and ironed well before use, it shrunk again in the construction process, something I only discovered when I put facings to the shell, and tried to mark the positions of the snaps.  However, despite those initial misgivings, I have to say I rather like this little jacket!  It has been used on those days when I don’t need a coat, and is nice and roomy so a thick jumper can fit underneath!

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Lets get into the details shall we?  The body is not fitted, the boxy shape allows for the addition of snuggly jumpers and rolled up scarves.  I also love the back pleated into a yoke, plenty of movement in this.  The sleeves too are not fitted.  They are constructed in three pieces and have a balloon shape – again with the jumpers, you don’t feel like the michelin man with your jumper bunched up in a too-tight sleeve!

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Lining leftover from the rust corduroy Burda jacket made a couple of years ago

The texture on the fabric stops the black from being plain and boring, and the use of the patterned black and white viscose lining lifts the interior.  I went with plain black snaps, uncovered, to give a more sporty look to the jacket.  The only criticism I have about the jacket is the pockets.

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They’re too high up and too far round in the side seam to be comfortably used.  You really cannot put anything in there that you wouldn’t want falling out either, they don’t scoop much and I definitely don’t put my phone in these.  And in the making up – the pocket bags are in the way of the sewing up of the hem!  The lower opening of the pocket lines up directly with the turned up hem edge.  I had to so some serious detouring around the pocket bags.  Next time I’ll make a patch pocket with a welt opening, similar to that of the Pepernoot coat from Waffle Patterns.  If I even bother with a pocket at all, the jacket is quite short, so hands in pockets means elbows out and bumping into things.

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But – with all the pocket palava – I still like this jacket.  I have reached for it often and I really like the shape.  I still have that pile of old holey jeans waiting to be magically turned into something fabulous, and I’m getting quite keen ideas on using some of those to make another of these little jackets – unlined and with patch pockets!!

I’ll recap those items I’ve made and not “reviewed” during April, and try to keep up with the new stuff.  I think this year will be slow sewing for myself, and quicker sewing for the girls and the other half.  I seem to recall I promised him some self drafted shorts last summer…..

Diving into the Pattern Archives

It’s no secret that I have a large vintage pattern collection.  I’ve been trying for ages now to shrink it, largely unsuccessfully!  I had a good clearout last month and got ruthless – I’m only keeping the patterns I love (no matter what size they are) and those that will fit the girls.  Everything else must go!  In that clearout, I re-found a Burda pattern for wide legged pleated trousers.  They sit on the waist, have a decent sized box pleat in the front and a fly zip.  They look good!

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I decided I’d have to make them and promptly bought 2m of birds-eye navy wool flannel from Fabworks for the job.  I toiled the 44 and made some adjustments to the pattern.  The legs were very wide!  So I graded down to the 40, from the 44 at the hip down.  As they were to sit on my non-existant waist, I had to grade up to the 46 for the waistband, plus a little bit.  They also needed to be shortened.  A lot!!  But the rest was great, the crotch depth and curve worked with the style of the pants, and I love the way the pleat covers the top part of the pocket.

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Burda trousers, pattern number 3075 from the 1990s

And while we’re talking pockets – these babies are huge!!!  I can fit my entire handbag of stuff in there!  When did pockets become so unuseable, if they could make them so usefully sized back in the 90s?  I decided that as I was using such a lovely wool that I’l line the trousers – fully!  Fabworks were offering 3m of matching lining free when you bought a certain amount of wool from them at the time of shopping, so I used what they sent.  It’s a really good quality viscose twill, in lucious navy blue.

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Big pockets and a nifty pleat detail

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I cut the lining by pinning the hip yoke pocket piece to the trouser front and treating them as one piece.  The lining was made up the same as the trouser, and attached to the waistband at the top.  I handstitched it to the fly area.  The lining hangs free down to the hem, I like to have it free for ironing after washing, makes it easier.

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I bloody love these pants!!!  Wool flannel is just so fabulous to wear, it’s warm and cosy and has such a wonderful drape!  Wearing these pants feels like swooshing around in a long skirt, but much more practical.  I was initially worried that lining the wool would make the trouser legs feel wider, because of the extra layer of fabric.  But I don’t feel funny in these at all.  I’ve bought another length of wool flannel, this time from Rosenberg & Son when they came to Knowle at the beginning of October – there might be another pair of these in the wardrobe soon, in grey herringbone!  Or I might try another vintage pattern, so many to choose from!

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ps, If you’re after anything (vintage pattern-wise), drop me an email and I’ll see if I have something suitable.  At the moment I’m updating my Etsy shop, it will be open again on the 1st November!

Wardrobe Basics – Trousers

When you live in trousers, they’re not simply a wardrobe basic, they’re an essential item!  I decided to add some pleated trousers to this year’s Autumn/Winter wardrobe, and have finally made something from one of the Burda magazines from this year.  Burda have, unfortunately, not exactly been exciting this year.  Only a couple of patterns have caught my attention, and until August, none caught it enough for me to actually bother to trace.  But this pair is different, it’s 119 from August 2021.  What caught my eye was the small pleats on the front, the neat waistband and tapered leg.

Trousers 119 Burda August 2021

I traced the 44 and 42 and made an adjustment to the height of the waistband.  While I liked the neatness of it, I also knew I’d prefer a slightly deeper waistband.  I toiled the 44, but started grading towards the 42 from the hip down.  The toile was successful, I only had a couple of adjustments to make.

  • Not making my usual shorten the length adjustment – this style should be slightly cropped, but it’s heading to winter and I don’t want cold ankles!
  • Altered the CF line – straightened it a bit so it was 5mm further out at the top, giving me an extra 1cm overall.
  • Took in the inseam by 1cm front and back from crotch to knee.
  • Made the waistband 1cm deeper.

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The adjustments have worked well, I like the fit on these, so will be making another pair soon.  I will, however, make them a little longer.  The length looks good, and while it’s not freezing, they’re fine, but I want a longer pair!  So the next pair will be 3cm longer.  Looking at the photos, I think I need to take in a bit more on the inseam, it looks a bit baggy there, but I also need to remember that these are not supposed to be skintight!

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In-seam pocket details

In toiling, I realised there’d be a lot of bulk at the waistband from the pockets, so I cut a pocket facing for the back pocket piece and rifled through the stash of scraps for a lightweight bit of pretty cotton.  I found I had just enough to cut the rather-large-for-Burda pockets from the pretty stuff, and only tiny bits leftover to head into the stuffing bag.  These inseam pockets are a really good size, phone in one and mask and card wallet in the other, with space to spare for hands!

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The trouser fabric is a cotton twill in Mocha bought from the Rag Shop in August, I don’t think they have any of that colour left now.  It’s Kobe cotton twill, and it’s also one of those fabrics you need to be sure to wash inside out.  I washed the trousers after the first wearing without turning them inside out and the creases formed while washing have lost a bit of colour.  This means that all folded edges will lose colour too.  I wouldn’t mind if it was a cheap, £7/m fabric, but it wasn’t.  I haven’t bought a Robert Kaufman fabric before, and it might be joining Lady McElroy fabrics in the “avoid” pile due to colour fade.  It’s beautfully soft though, and lovely to wear.  Just watch the colour fading.

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Detail shots

I wore these for the first time on a long weekend trip to York, they were very comfy to wear traipsing round the city all day.  They’ve since been worn a few times and I really do like the pattern.  I know Burda don’t have the best sizing these days, they used to go from a 34 to a 46 in the “everybody” section of the magazine, but these are just 36-44.  I feel they are trying to save money by reducing the sizes available, the number of patterns in the magazine and the quality of the magazine paper itself.  It’s a shame, as the old magazines were fabulous!  Perhaps a revisit of those older magazines is in order.

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York Minster behind, trousers worn with silk Burda top made in 2018.

In the mean time, I’ve traced a jacket pattern from the August issue to toile, I have a retro (90s) pair of Burda trousers to show you and I have Lander pants to make for both girls – not to mention a VikiSews blouse for daughter no1 and a Bellatrix blazer for each of them.  Thank godness the garden and allotment have stopped shouting for my attention!

Stash Busting Tops

I thought I’d get started early on the Autumn and Winter sewing, helped by my purchase of some fabric on Instagram from a sewist who was destashing!  I bought three pieces, two of which were perfect for sweatshirts of some description.  I knew immediately that I’d be making another LB Pullover from Paper Theory with the one piece, a mustard French Terry with a white tulip print.  I have many of these tops now, it’s so quick to make, can be sewn in both woven or knit fabrics and fits over just about any tee or blouse I have.  It’s perfect to go over the Olya Shirt too!

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There was just one metre though, which meant I could either have short, 7/8th length sleeves which would leave my wrists chilly, or make a plan with piecing and have warm arms!  In the end, warmth and comfort won out and I made a plan to lengthen the sleeves.  I cut the full length I was able with the fabric available, and just cut what was left + hem allowance out of left over bits.  It’s worked to make it look like I have a cuff – but if I’d had just a smidge more fabric, I’d have cut that section so that it was doubled, and had a real cuff that I could have folded back if I’d wanted to.

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However – I did not have enough and I am very happy with my new top, already worn on many, many occasions!  I never thought I’d be wearing mustard, never mind a fabric with a print like this, but I like it.  It’s cheerful and bright and works with my colouring despite my initial misgivings! (I thought I would make the top for a daughter – not me…)

The second top is the Fibremood Vera, made from the magazine bought earlier this year as an experiment.  I acutally liked a couple of the patterns, but this is the first one I’ve managed to get made up.  The fabric is a grey sweatshirt fabric, with tiny flecks of colour in it.  It’s warm and snuggly and just the right sort of boxy.  The sleeves are 3/4  in length, next time I’ll lengthen them.  They’re also fairly wide – wider than expected.

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The neck on the Vera is interesting, part of why I decided to make this pattern up.  It is faced  so makes it thicker than the rest of the top, but it would be interesting to use up leftovers or even pipe that joining seam.  One thing I’d change next time with the neckline is to lower the front a bit.  You can see in the photos that it’s too high in the front for me, and it gets more annoying as the day goes on.  Another change would be to shorten the top slightly, only about the depth of the hem.

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I made the Large, based on bust measurements, and for this version did not make an FBA.  I might do one next time, but it doesn’t need much.  The pattern was easy to trace and the instructions are interesting – they’re all diagrams!  You can go online and get more detail if you think you need it, but these were ok for me.

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Style Arc Annika top

One more stash bust – this time a Sewing Leftovers project.  I’d made a Uvita top from some lovely soft stripey jersey and had about half a metre left.  I decided to make the Annika top from Style Arc.  I bought this paper pattern aaaaages ago, on one of their Etsy sales.  It’s one of the mulit-size patterns, they only way I’ll buy a Style Arc pattern.  The top has a jersey top half and woven bottom half, sleeves included.  So, I used the stripey blue an white jersey for the top part and some blue poly georgette that has been in the stash for a very long time for the bottom part.

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I shortened the jersey section because I didn’t like where the join hit me, and removed the shirt hem shape too.  This made the top too long on me and just didn’t work.  I like this top though, might need a small FBA again for another time, but it’s perfectly wearable like this.  Style Arc instructions are brief  but you don’t need too much detail to make this pattern.  I made the 14, but I think the 12 would fit better at the neck and shoulders, so maybe a FBA on the 12 would be a good idea for next time!

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That’s it for stashbusting so far, I’m glad I was able to use up these fabrics and make something useful!

Ottobre Jeans

I have new jeans!! To be fair, I’ve had them for a few weeks now, and they’ve been worn quite a few times.  I suppose that’s a good sign in the scheme of things, I’ve worn them and not managed to get photos because I’ve been too busy wearing them!  I used the pattern for the Utility Trousers from the Ottobre magazine again, figuring that I liked the first pair of trousers made with that pattern, so why not make another?  There are a few changes this time around, all beacause the denim has stretch and the cotton/linen blend used last time did not.

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Ottobre Utility Trousers, pattern 8 in stretch denim

I can’t remember where I got the denim from, it’s been languishing in the stash for a while, and has had a little tab pinned to it saying ” Jeans – Me!” for at least two years.  So I’m glad it’s out of the stash and has made itself useful – finally.  The colour is delicious, a nice dark indigo that made my fingers and sewing machine nice and blue while working with it, not to mention making my legs even more pale blue while wearing than needed!  It has approximately 2% stretch and is very comfy to wear.

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Obviously I needed to make a few adjustments to the pattern from the last time, the first being to take in all that extra that I’d added to the leg because it was too tight around the calf.  I also took in the inseam, outseam and waistband.  Even though I’d interfaced the waistband on the opposite grain, it still stretched out while wearing, so I needed to go back in and make it smaller.

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One thing I’d forgotten to do though, was to either reduce the depth of the waistband – or put two buttons on it.  Only after I’d cut the buttonhole did I have a vague memory of thinking that it was a bit wide and that two would be better than one!  So you get the rather unflattering curl of the top part of the band, thankfully it’s mostly hidden by my tops, but that’s not the point…

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Welt pocket showing Shweshwe pocket bags

What I love about this pattern – the belt loops are cool!  You get three shaped loops with a button that you can choose to make operable or not, and two ordinary shaped ones, but they’re wider than the usual loop.  I like that look on the wider waistband.  Second thing I love are the pockets!  Plenty of decent sized pockets in this pattern, and the welt pockets in the back are a breeze to sew.  I used some scraps of Shweshwe cotton for my pocket bags to cut down on bulk and I love seeing that bit of pattern.

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Hip yoke pocket insides, a hint of Shweshwe!

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All the buttons were found in the stash, and I think that if I had found two of the bigger ones I might have remembered that I wanted two for the waistband.  The colour works beautifully with the denim and the colour chosen for the topstitching.  I used one of the Gutermann Denim threads again, rather than “proper” topstitching thread as my machine is far happier to use it.  The colour is more copper than gold and I love it.  All the double lines of topstitching were done with a denim twin needle, an essential piece of kit, in my humble opinion!  It takes all the guesswork out of making sure your lines are completely parallel and even going around curves is easy.

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Beautiful topstitching, courtesy of Denim thread and a twin needle!

I have more sewing from September to catch up on here, a beautiful pair of wool trousers using a Burda pattern from the early 90s (I think, or late 80s…) and some new tops that have already come in handy with the change in temperature!  Yikes, October means Autumn and that means cold and wet on the way!  I have/had grand Autumn sewing plans, I’m slowly making my way through them, and promise to try to keep up!

Making Waves

 

I honestly didn’t think it would be such a huge gap between posts this month, especially given how much sewing I’ve done!  Anyway, you cannot turn back time, so all I can do is get on and show you all what I’ve been up to!  I’m starting with my latest Olya Shirt, pattern from Paper Theory.  This is my fourth, and I really do have a plan to make another.  We were in London last weekend, so I finally managed to get photos, thanks to Daughter No1!

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After making two in different types of viscose and one in cotton lawn, I now have a linen shirt.  I sized down with this version, the others are a tad too long in the sleeve, more noticeable in the viscose versions.  I thought it might be nice to have an oversized shirt that wasn’t quite that oversized, especially in a fabric that’s stiffer and less drapey.  It was the right decision!  So this is the size 12, with no alterations or adjustments.

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Olya Shirt from Paper Theory

The fabric is from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, the first time I’ve bought fabric from this shop.  I’d been browsing for a while, and when I saw this stuff I knew I needed it in my stash.  But I hesitated for a bit – hesitation that was rewarded with an announcement of a nice big discount!  I used it and swooped in on the fabric.  I love it!  I think the combination of fabric and pattern has really worked.  I like finding different prints like this, and I’m glad I feel comfortable wearing them, as I’m a plains person at heart!

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Sewing the shirt went as smoothly as the last three times, if not better because it’s linen, not slippery viscose!  I like this smaller size and might stick to it for the next shirt, which is definitely going to happen.  I have some left over pieces of linen from various projects that I’m sure I can put together to make a shirt.  Fingers crossed, but please, don’t hold your breath!!

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End of Summer Trousers

 

Here we are, almost two weeks into September and I still haven’t shown off the last pair of linen trousers made – last month!  I  have to admit to being in a bit of a sewing funk, but I hope I’ve turned that corner this week!  More on that later, I thought I’d pop in and let you all know that I’m still here, and back to sewing.  I suppose I also need to admit that I haven’t made those shorts for the other half.  August was not shorts weather – so no need!!  I will carry on with the sewing for him though, at some point!!

Burda trousers 102, 07/2009

Right, this is another pair of the trousers from Burda July 2009, number 102.  I made a pair in reddish linen back in April that have been on constant rotation this year.  I love the leg width and length, they’re just so darned comfy to wear!  Anyway, in June I bought 2m of a beautiful silvery blue stretch linen from Rags and Rolls on the Seven Sisters Road in Holloway and knew I’d be making another pair.

This time I’ve not used a contrasting fabric for pocket linings or waistbands.  Having a stretch content, I sized down from the hip up because otherwise they’d be sliding down by lunchtime!  I acutally could do with nipping them in a little more, or making the belt loops and finding myself a belt to wear with them!  Again, so nice to wear!

I guess there’s not much more to say about them really, but try to track down the pattern if you want a comfy pair of trousers for the summer (and winter tbh, I’ve made them in wool and lined them before).

In other news – I made a good start to my Autumn sewing this week!!  Since Friday last week I’ve cut out and sewn a pair of jeans, a shirt, two sweatshirts and a top.  I suddenly got all inspired and have traced a whole load of stuff too, so tomorrow I’m going to try to get some photos of the stuff made so far and get some toiles done.  I’m feeling all seasonal!

Colour Update – Green

Remember weeks ago I said I wanted to add green to my palette?  Actually, it might even be a month ago!  Back in May I bought a stripe olive and ecru tee, which prompted me to buy a few pieces of olive/khaki fabric to create a mini capsule wardrobe that would also fit in with the greys, black and blues of the existing wardrobe.  I got a 2m piece of cotton linen from Truro Fabrics and decided to make a pair of Burda trousers with it.

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The pattern is style 107 from Burda March 2021.  I started with the size 44, but traced the 42 as well, just in case!  Knowing I wanted pockets and to move the zip position, I started with the pockets.  I drew up a pattern for inseam pockets that would be supported by the facing seam, I don’t like the way the Teddy Pants have flappy pockets, the one thing I have changed on the pattern.  I made them deep and wide enough to fit my phone and other items and not have them fall out when I sit down.

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I have to have pocketses!

Then I needed to play with the front.  I decided to have a front fly zip with fly bearer the way some men’s trousers work.  It’s the best way to have a fly zip when there’s no waistband and button.  The front detail needed to be operational, rather than purely decorative, so it has working buttonholes for the buttons.  It means there are a lot of buttons to faff with when you need to go to the loo, but it works.

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Front fly zip with fly bearer

To minimise bulk I used some cotton fabric from the scrap box for the facings, reverse side of the front flap detail and one layer of the pocket bags.  The toile showed the 44 at the waist was the right size, but I needed to shave off a little at the hip, so I switched to the 42 and followed that down to the hem.  I shortened the crotch depth by 2cm and took 3cm off the overall length of the leg as well.  Looking back, I could probably have left this last adjustment, or only taken 1-2cm off.

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Toile of the trousers, crotch too low and trouser length too long

I made the toile “wearable” using a pintucked cotton duvet cover that I’d dyed black.  I thought it would give the right amount of body.  I actually prefer it to the linen version!  And I think it’s because it has more body than the linen.  So technically I have two new pairs of trousers, and I haven’t wasted the toile fabric, which is nice.

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Contrast cotton fabric reduces bulk with all those layers.

As you can see, I omitted the buttoned outside leg detail, that wasn’t the look I was going for, so this isn’t a really good review of the pattern!  I’ve changed too many things!  But I do like the width of the legs, and I don’t think it makes me look too short, which is always an issue with wide leg, cropped trousers.

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I’ve worn both pairs quite a lot since making, and I have to say just one thing.  As I don’t tuck my tops in, that cross-over detail in the front doesn’t get seen…  So if you tuck, you’ll be good!  One other thing – with the addition of the side seam pockets, I’ve removed the taughness/stability given to the cross-over pieces and they can get a bit wavey.  So maybe the answer is to just have back pockets, but not patch pockets.  A welt would work better, neater.

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Saraste Frill Top

Daughter No 2 sent me a photo on Instagram late last year/early this year of a cute little top made in broiderie anglaise.  One look at it told me I could use the Saraste Top from the Named Clothing book, Breaking the Pattern.  Going from the measurements I chose to toile the size 2.  Usually I make the first toile exactly as the pattern, but I aleady knew that she didn’t want the fullness and flare that the Top has.  I used the pattern piece for the Shirt side front instead of the Top one, and removed flare from the side back to match the side front too.

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Saraste inspiration, a top from Sezane

The toile got the thumbs up, with a request to take in at the back waist a little more, it was too baggy, but not awful.  So now I needed to make the pieces for the frills for the centre front and collar.  I decided to make the pieces half as long again as the measurement of the original pieces.  I could possibly have gone for  a bit more, but not as much as three quarters, and definitely not double!  The front frill is on the right front only, so only this piece needed the grown on facing to be removed and a seperate piece drawn up and cut.

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Frills for the Saraste, with overlocked rolled hem edge.

The frills are not double, The finished size is 2cm, with 1cm seam allowance.  I added 5mm to the outer edge which I used to create the rolled hem on the overlocker.  This worked out so well!  I had yet to use the rolled hem on this overlocker, so was very glad it was so easy to do and worked perfectly on the first try!

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Extra frill details

The pattern was on the sheets in the book, each sheet has a block listing the name of the pattern and the pieces it has on it.  I think it would be easier if each sheet was numbered, and the corresponding numers were in the book – but it wasn’t too hard to find the sheets I needed.  The pieces were easier to trace than Burda patterns, it really helps when they’re not packed onto the sheets!  Seam allowances are included, so nothing more to do.

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Named Saraste Top with added frills

The insides are just overlocked, broiderie anglaise doesn’t French seam well and I didn’t want to bind seams.  This way they are neat and tidy and will do the job just fine.  I chose buttons from the stash that had been rescued from one of hubby’s old office shirts, so all this has cost is the price of the fabric, which was £5 a metre end of roll from Rosenberg & Son.

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The instructions are clear, with illustrations if you need them.  Obviously I needed to deviate a little for the front edge and collar stand, but it really wasn’t tricky.  I think I might try making the shirt for Daughter No1, it’s the right shape for her and I already have the majority of the pieces traced!  I’m really happy with how this has turned out, and the toile was made as a wearable toile, so that means two projects in one!

I took it down to London and personally delivered it, as you can see, it’s great on! She loves it, it’s just cute and pretty enough!

Making and Books

I like making, and I like books.

The Insouciant Stitcher

Creativity beats Insanity

Fabric Engineering

Creating a well-fitting wardrobe, piece by piece

oonaballoona™ | by marcy harriell

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

Yet Another Unfinished Project

Crafting better mental health by sewing myself happy. Slow fashion, conscious consuming and an effort to live a more ethical life.

A Tailored View

The thinking behind a project

Poundcake

a lot of cake and a little frosting

Sew Everything Blog

Always sewing. Sewing Everything. Sharing the Sewing with Everyone

Your Stitches May Vary

sewing, making, and mental health.

sew VeraVenus

"A modern make on vintage style."

The Easy Blues

craft, diy, natural dyeing

Creating in the Gap

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

Love, Lucie

Where hands and minds are rarely still

U&Mii

Adventures of a plus size renegade seamstress

Allsewpetite

Easy to follow PDF sewing patterns

tales of the sewing city

slow sewing, creativity, and a fabric obsession

Mainelymenswear

Be your own luxury brand !

Marsha Style

PDF sewing patterns & sewing blog

Buttons and Trims

Sewing - Learning - Making

designedbydanita.wordpress.com/

"Seams" like I've been sewing forever!

the curious kiwi

Happily immersed in sewing nerdyness…

KJ Sews

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nelnanandnora

Faith, family and creativity

Sew My Style

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

Offsquare

A refashion and sewing blog

Tailored by Kate

My sewing record

The Notions Tin

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

I Can Work With That; Refashions by Chickie W.U.

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

Girls in the Garden

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

The Savvy Sartorialist

Fashion, Lifestyle & Travel by Trish O'Sullivan

Needleswift

Sewing lessons in Lindfield, West Sussex

Just another blog

Permanently sleep deprived. Trying to make a lot of stuff.

Whitney Makes

Cultivating Personal Slow Fashion

jess sews clothes

blogging my homemade wardrobe

nomadiccharacter

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

The German Edge

If I'm not sewing, I'm buying fabric

Make&Wear - sewing-knitting-making

An Irish sewing, knitting and making Blog