We’re 12 days into June and I’m so on my way! I think I may have just found my Sewjo hiding in the cupboard and I’ve taken it out, shaken it down and fully embraced it! Althought the gardening has been calling, I seem to have found enough time to share, and the sewing is getting done. I don’t know how you all feel about repeat sewing, to me it’s a bonus. You’ve already done the toiling and fitting and testing and now there’s a pattern you both like and can sew without instructions to hand! When I find a pattern that really suits me, I can get carried away and make many, but then that’s the advantage of sewing – right? You can make as many versions as you like, in every colour and fabric, and enjoy wearing every last single one of them. Today, that tried and tested formula is for the Basic Instinct Tee from Sasha and the Teddy Designer Pants form Style Arc.
I’m making the large in the tee now (started with the extra large) and find it’s perfect. There’s enough ease in it to be loose and comfy in the summer, I love the body length and that of the sleeves too. But most of all, I love the way Sasha has gone to loads of effort to allow us to match stripes! Because there’s nothing better than matching stripes, and when you’ve planned, cut, basted and then sewn, the feeling of “all conquering hero” when you turn the fabric over and see those beggars all nicely lined up is fantastic! This striped cotton jersey came from Fabworks, the last of the bolt! It came the day before we left for Cornwall, I’d have loved to have made it up before we left. There will always be room in my tee shirt pile for another Basic Instinct tee striped or not.
And that brings me to the next repeat offender. The Teddy Designer pants are now on their 6th version, and I finally have a pair in denim! Well, not quite denim, but close enough. I found some lovely, soft chambray in Cornwall in May and knew immediately it would make another pair of the Teddys. I decided to topstitch in gold thread and eventually decided on my first choice of gold buttons too. I like the “jeans” effect it gives, and it feels a little retro too, especially with the colour of the chambray. This is the size 12, shortened in the leg but otherwise unchanged as far as fitting adjustments go.
Only one thing is different with these pants, and I really wish I’d done it 4 versions ago already! These pants have inseam pockets, which are fine, although after the first pair I make them a bit deeper and wider. The problem is that they are unsupported so they flop around and if you have anything in them, you’ll quickly find that they fold the wrong way, to the back. It’s just annoying. So this time I extended the pocket piece so that it’s caught into the waistline. Oh my goodness, what a difference!! It’s so nice not to have to flip the pocket the right way round before fishing out my phone or mask! This is an adjustment that’s staying!
So there you have it, two items down, and no fabric going into the stash! I’ve already cut and half made my next item, and have cut out another – you’ll have to stay tuned to see what they are, but suffice to say, they’re repeats!