After making a pair about 2-3 years ago, I’ve finally made another pair of the Lander Pants, pattern by True Bias. It’s not been an intentional delay – I just needed the right fabric! My 3m purchase of the cotton/linen twill from Fabworks back in March was the perfect buy, and I knew I had a candidate for another pair of these trousers.
I’d made the size 12 the last time – but in a stretch denim – so needed to take them in to get the right fit. This time I went with the 12 again, but was prepared to have to possibly tweak in the plus side this time! I cut the pocket linings from a piece of leftover print cotton in the stash, and kept all the topstitching simple and in the same colour as the fabric.
The outer leg seam is the one with the 2.5cm seam allowance, enabling a good chance at getting the fit tweaked over the hip and into the waist. I started with half of that, 1.25cm all the way down and tried the pants on. To my surprise, I realised I could take in the entire seam allowance again, from the top! So I popped it under the needle and stitched the 2.5cm allowance. It still fitted just fine! There was the right amount of snugness over the hip and tummy, the front crotch area had no lines and the back was ok too! Miracles!! So I popped the waistband on and voila!
I honestly expected to need more room than that, but they are comfortably snug, and only slightly loosen during the day with sitting and wandering about the house! (Still not really going anywhere) For the length, I needed to loose 9cm… So I turned up a 4.5cm hem twice – sorted! It gives a nice heavy weight to the hem, keeping the width of the trousers in place.
I’m loving these, definitely needed another pair, and the blue is perfect. These pants are going to be a great addition to the spring/autumn as well as winter wardrobes. Might even keep them out during the summer, for those definitely inclement rainy British “summer” days. And, given how delayed spring has been here in the UK this year, these trousers have been a properly good addition the my wardrobe!
I bought a new to me magazine last month, but not new to the sewing world! I thought I’d try out the Ottobre magazines, as some people think they’re a better option to Burda. Unfortunately there aren’t as many each year as the Burda, only one for Spring/Summer and one for Autumn Winter. They’re around £11 each and this one contains 18 patterns. The one I got is Spring/Summer 2020.
First impressions. The styles aren’t as “trendy” as the Burda, but there is a good variety of items. Three patterns stood out to me, a pair of trousers, a jersey top and a camisole top. So for £11 it’s not bad value, especially when you consider the Burdas are now £7.50 an issue and I often find nothing I want to make. My measurements put me in the same size as the Burda sizing, but these patterns all go from a 34 to a 52, so much more inclusive than Burda.
I traced the pattern for the trousers #8, the Utility Pants, in the size 44. Looking at the pattern, the crotch depth is much deeper than I’d expect. Chris made a pair last year and commented that they didn’t fit as expected, definitely a crotch fit issue. I noticed the zip opening seemed very low. Once toiled, I also needed to check on just where the pattern was supposed to sit! On Chris the waistband sits on the hip, as does the one on the model. On me, much higher up.
Toile issues… Too wide on the waist, take in total 4cm. Pants too wide to around mid-thigh, then getting too snug around the knee area and definitely too snug around the calf. The crotch was also defintely hinkey. It wasn’t close enough to the body, it was too long by about 4cm and had too much fabric, causing bunching in an akward area! So here’s what I did.
Shortened the crotch depth by 1cm at the crotch depth line.
Took in the inseam in the front by 1cm from the crotch to mid-thigh, then out again by 1cm at the knee down to the hem.
Lifted the crotch curve just over 1cm and altered the shape of the curve. In the front, the centre front seam was moved in half a centimetre to remove excess fabric and tapered to the original CF spot at the top.
Shortened the zip opening by 5cm.
Crotch curve in the back – also lifted 1cm, curve adjusted by moving in 1cm and tapering to the original line 10cm below the waistline.
Back waistline dropped 1cm in centre back, tapering to the original side seam.
Back inseam adjusted the same as the front.
Side seams, back and front: took in 0.75cm at top of waistband, tapering to 1cm at the bottom of the waistband. From the top of the trousers, 1cm taken in all the way to just below the crotch depth line where it goes back to the orignal line, then tapers out 1cm by the knee and then straight down to the hem.
Shortened legs by 2cm by double turning the original 2cm hem depth.
The crotch adjustments take out the excess fabric that was causing bunching and weird lines, front and back. The zip shortening makes it look so much better, no-one needs a zip opening that long, they usually stop at the hip line.
There’s only one thing I’d change when I make the next pair, use two, smaller buttons in the waistband. At almost 6cm in width, it would work better with two buttons than the one. I just might take half a centimetre out of the trouser leg width, all depending on the fabric used! So yes, despite all the adjusting, I will be making another pair.
Making wasn’t tricky. I cut the pocket linings from cotton remnants, as well as the inner waistband pieces and the underside of the belt tabs. The welt pocket at the back makes the welt, folded up, you don’t need to cut seperate welt pieces. This cuts out bulk! The tabs were going to be purely decorative, but at the last minute I made working buttonholes. All seams are overlocked, simple but effective.
Fabric notes; I bought 3m of a cotton/linen twill from Fabworks last month, loving the brilliant blue colour. I hadn’t expected it to be quite so sturdy and stretch-less when it arrived, so it prompted a re-think on the patterns I was going to use. Originally I thought I’d make a dress or jumpsuit, but there’s not enough movement for that. So, new plan was to make more trousers! There is no movement in this fabric at all, so perfect for Landers! That’s what I’ll be making with the rest of the 3m length. They still have some black and a mossy/khaki colour, which I’m tempted to get for a short Sienna Maker Jacket.
I don’t want to get too distracted with “maybe” projects though, I have the Olya Shirt from Paper Theory waiting to be toiled, waiting rather patiently since October!! So while I have a foot injury and cannot get to the allotment, I need to get on with the sewing, at least I can sit for that!
Here I am, still sewing trousers! This is the end of the 3m of black cotton twill I bought in London in October, all that’s left are small pieces that I’ll use for pouches or to patch together for a bag or something. This time, I’ve made the Kew Pants from Style Arc. I chose this pattern because I liked the slightly cocoon shape of the legs, and the interesting dart detail on the hem. According to the size table I should be a 14, but knowing that the Teddy Pants fit really well in a size 12, I went for the 12 again!
The toile revealed that the size was fine, I just needed to shorten the back crotch curve by 1-1.5cm. That’s all!! I didn’t even need to shorten the leg length, and that’s a miracle in itself! After making all the bits and pieces in the toile material, I knew I would be needing to make a lot less bulk in the pocket area, so cut the bags in a cotton and only did the facing and coin pockets pieces in the cotton twill.
This pattern sits with the base of the waistband on the natural waist, so I guess people will say they are high waisted. The fit is good, I like not having to hoik them up during the day! I have a pair of Burda trousers that also sit on the natural waist, but the waistband is one long straight piece, unlike the Kew Pants waistband which is curved. It’s still one piece, but that curve means it has a little more give – the Burda one is slightly snug as the day goes on. Also, the Burda pattern I made is the size 44, the biggest in the magazine’s non plus-size range. I am able to make the 42 in patterns that do not sit on my “waist”!
So, back to the Kew. There are two back trouser pieces, adding to the shape. This means you have extra opportunities for fitting. The pockets in the front look really big in the drawings, but are perfectly sized in real life! I French seamed the bottom pocket seam for neatness – and strength. I really like the pockets, they are great for stuffing a phone and mask and card wallet into, and still have space for hands!
I changed the fly zip by adding the fly facing to the front piece when cutting out, this eliminated bulk in the zip area. All the pieces were overlocked before I started sewing, I like this done first so there is less fraying going on while I’m trying to sew. I bound the curved section of the front leg at the hem before I sewed the dart, it’s made it a bit bulkier than I’d like, but I didn’t like the idea of just turning the narrow hem inside.
One thing that has shown up in this fabric is that I need to take in the inside leg seams a bit, and maybe adjust the crotch seam, there are some wrinkles that would indicate that there’s too much fabric there, front and back. Funny how it didn’t show up in the toile! Anyway, it’s not affecting me wearing them everytime they’re back in my wardrobe, so maybe I’ll just leave it….
I have made a start on the gorgeous viscose fabrics I got from Rainbow Fabrics, there’s another Asuka Hamada blouse with the ginormous sleeves on my sewing table!
After cutting that Grace Coat from my 3m of navy twill, I had a decent sized, if not a little awkwardly shaped, piece of fabric left over. Early in October I decided, on a whim, to use it up and make a quick pair of trousers using a Burda pattern I used two years ago now. It’s 117 from November 2018. The original pair are too big now, so I traced the 42, but kept the shorter length adjustment I’d made back then.
The waistband of the pattern has a piping band through the centre, but I didn’t have enough fabric to cut 4 waistband pieces, so I had to give that a miss this time, not that you get to see it anyway!! I cut the waistband facing and the pocket bags from left over shweshwe from my last Zadie Jumpsuit which also helped with bulk reduction. A bit of pattern tetris was required to get the must-have pieces onto the fabric, including taking 1cm off the hem depth to get the length in!
Making up is quick, I made the same adjustment to the back welt as last time, actually inserting a welt pocket instead of just pretending. I use that pocket for my phone all the time, especially as the hip yoke pockets on these trousers really aren’t suitable for holding a phone. The insides are all overlocked to prevent fraying. I made a few small adjustments to the crotch curve and inside leg seams, changing the angle of the front line, the front curve and dipping a little at the back too. I ended up taking in an extra cm on the front and back inseams from the crotch curve down about 15-20cm. Somehow I aways end up with too much fabric here.
Whilst I will still be looking at some drag lines, one must be realistic about trousers, you have to move in them! And sit in them. These will do just fine, and I’m glad I’ve used up the remains of the fabric, with the scrappiest of scraps relegated to the scrapbusting pouf. I wanted another pair of casual trousers in my wardrobe, I always end up with too many smart wool pairs in the winter!
It’s so hard to photograph dark trousers! We had a great day in London, and I’m glad I got the chance to get photos, because at home these dark pants would have been impossible to photograph!!
You’ve seen the three tops in the form of Tee-shirts that are required in the challenge, but I have another! I wanted to make a top from the February Burda, top 119. I bought a metre and a half of grey marl sweatshirting with French terry back from Fabworks and boy was it the right fabric!! Lets just say that I’m wearing that top whenever it’s clean and dry. I traced the 42 and didn’t do a FBA, which, in hindsight, I really should have done. There’s definitely upward pulling going on which a FBA would have prevented. Ah well, next time! I lengthened the body by 5cm and am definitely happy with that decision! It would have been way too short otherwise.
The fabric is perfect for the style, it holds the shape really well. The only thing I’d change for the next time would be to reduce the height of the collar. I’m wearing it folded over all the time – for me it’s just too high, so could do with 2-3cm shaved off on each side. But apart from that, this is a great top! I love with my 3/4 sleeve Uvitas, I like the colour and pattern popping out of the sleeve and just below the hem. Looks like I’m talking myself into making another…
Now for the pants… These are the one item I’m not that sold on, and mightwill have to find a replacement for. The pattern I chose is 107 from August Burda 2019 – which states it’s designed for fabrics with and without stretch, and which, in the magazine, they’ve made in ponte. So I bought 2m of viscose ponte in pistachio from Fabworks and set to work. Making a fly front, hip yoke pair of trousers in ponte was an interesting project. I like the colour, but I wonder if it shouldn’t have had a little more oompfh. Nevermind, as it is, I don’t think this pattern wasn’t necessarily designed for ponte fabric.
I cut the 40, as the previous pair I made in wool in the size 42 are too loose. But still I needed to take these in an extra 2cm on each side seam and 4cm in the back. The waistband was interfaced with stretch interfacing, and still halfway though the day I’m having to yank them back up into place. If, and this is a big if, I make this pattern again, I’ll remove a centimetre or two from the crotch depth, and make a 38 in a knit, possibly the 38/40 in a woven. I love the pleats at the hem, that detail is just fabulous, but the rest of the garment just isn’t working. It’s such a shame!! I think I’m going to have to open the waistband up and insert some elastic, or possibly even grossgrain ribbon. It just needs to stay up!!
So, three successful tees done, one sweatshirt top and one pair of dodgy trousers. I have toiled the “topper” part of the challenge and have identified at least another 3 pairs of trousers that would fit the bill for the bottoms. They’re all Burda patterns and will need to be traced, but at least I’m finally finding something in the latest magazines that I want to make!
A year or two ago, I made a pair of Stride pants from the Merchant and Mills Workbook. I’d made the largest size and shortened them a bit, but I cannot remember just how much right now. The pattern was fine and instructions did the job, but I never liked the finished trousers. I was really disappointed because I’d used a beautiful piece of black and blue plaid wool from Fabworks. I was annoyed that such a lovely piece of fabric was now a very unliked pair of trousers. I never even took photos of those pants!
So why didn’t I like them? They were too wide, too floppy and the pleated front with waistband on the natural waist just didn’t suit me. And I love wide, floppy trousers!! So I wore them around the house for the first year, last winter I didn’t wear them at all, and this winter I decided I’d put them in the adjust or remake pile. I had 6 pairs of wool trousers to make two sizes smaller before I got to these, and at that point I had no ideas of how to make these better.
Then, last weekend, when I was clearing the piles to make way for a visitor, I had a brainwave after dropping a piece of fabric. It was the toile for Burda trousers 107 08/2019. I’d traced the 44 – after making the 42 in the last pair of Burda trousers and finding them to be just a little on the small side! But the toile for these was way too big! So I needed to go down a size, definitely, and shorten the leg by 3-4cm to get the finished cuff to sit in the right place (to look the same as the model in the magazine). The adjustments to the pattern were already made & I thought I had the right fabric to make a proper pair.
But – I was sort of reluctant to cut that fabric – see previous post! The pattern can be made in fabrics with or without stretch, and the one in the magazine is made in ponte (that’s a good idea for next time!) Back to that brainwave – could there be enough fabric in the Strides to be able to recut this pattern?? So I got cracking with the seam ripper, carefully unpicking all the seams, taking off the waistband and removing the zip. After a good press to flatten the hems and seam allowances, I pinned the two fronts and two backs together, making sure the plaid was lining up too. Then I took a deep breath and tried to get the new pattern pieces onto the existing trouser pieces.
The back fitted perfectly, the front needed the grown-on zip facing to be removed, so I cut that as a seperate piece and attached it later. Pockets and facings were going to be tricky, but, here’s the good part. I had saved all the left-over bits of fabric from the original cutting out in the wool box! Woohoo for scrap-stashing! So, hip yoke pockets, waistbands, cuffs and the fly facing were cut from the left-overs, and a scrap of lining sorted the pocket bags. I also managed to line up the plaid, high five! I reused the zip and found a good button in the button box, I bought nothing to make these new trousers.
The making went well, instructions didn’t need much altering. I usually insert the fly zip immediately after making the pockets up, it’s so much better to do without all the extra legs in the way. The other thing I changed was to sew the pleats in the trouser cuffs first. Darts and pleats first, whether at the waistline or at the hem! I just knew that if I left it to the end when the instructions finally have you do them, I’d have lost more than half of the tailor’s tacks, and as both the leg seams are sewn up, you have more fabric hanging around than you’d really want.
I rather like these! I’m keen to make a pair in ponte now, I think they’d be so comfy. They’re admittedly a little loose on the waist still, but I have a secret trick to fix that quickly. I don’t cut back waistbands on the fold, I add a centre back seam. Then, when sewing the crotch seam, I leave the last 15cm of the back open. Then the waistbands are added, in halves (one front and one back). Add the waistband facings, press, understitch, etc and then sew that back seam, all in one go! This means that if you need to take in, or let out, the back seam, there’s very little to have to unpick, and it’s so, so easy to adjust!! Men’s trousers are sewn this way, so why not ours??
Anyway, I’m off to enjoy wearing this gorgeous fabric now, and I might have to find a good colour ponte for another pair, some secret tracksuit pants!
Apologies for not noticing when taking the photos that the camera had decided that the teak chest of drawers was far more interesting to focus on than my trousers!!
What a title! 😉 This is a project that’s been long waiting to be shown off. The pattern for the trousers is from the July issue of BurdaStyle 2019, number 120. I knew when I saw the photo in the magazine that it would appeal to at least one of the girls, if made in the “right fabric”. As always, that’s the crucial bit of any successful project! As predicted, one said, “Hmm…” and the other, “Ooooo!” I’ll let you figure out which was which 🙂
I traced the 36 and toiled it in August, doing a fitting over the bank holiday weekend at the end of the month. All I really needed to do was narrow the waist around 1.5cm, and that was it! I like an easy fit!! I had thought there might be a length issue, but it seems the hem is in the right place, even for someone with rather long legs.
I atually decided against physically narrowing the side seams etc, because this pattern has a sneaky hidden half belt that uses wide elastic attached to the side seams that fastens in the front with a buckle. Sooo, I just made the elastic a bit shorter, and it pulls the waistband in. This also means that if daughter no 2 has a heavy lunch, there’s a bit of give!
The fabric we chose is a piece we bought while on holiday in South Africa. It comes from a little shop in East London (Eastern Cape) called Bessie’s. Daughter No 2 did well at this shop, spending about R1 000, which, when you convert to pounds is around £50, but she got way more than what you’d get here in Blighty for the same amount of money! Three pieces of African wax were chosen, and this is one of them. It has a pale yellow ground, large “peacock” eyes (or leaves…) filled in with gold and very dark green (not black!) outlines and stripes. It is also relatively narrow, so with the wide legs of the pants pieces, I used a fair bit of the 3m we bought. I didn’t try to pattern match….
The making was pretty standard, pockets sit on the outside of the front and should have had a flap at the bottom, but we left that off, it does nothing. I found the amount required for the elastic to be excessive, even given I needed to reduce the amount so it actually pulled a bit, so if you don’t have exactly the amount required in the notions section, don’t stress. It took a while to get a buckle though. In the magazine, they’ve used a standard black plastic bag buckle, but that would have spoilt the look. In the end I found a bronze metal buckle in a haberdashery shop in Plymouth at the end of September that was the right width, and looked much better than a black plastic one!
So these pants were finally handed over to their happy recipient two weeks ago, who definitely plans to wear them this autumn, with tights, boots and a nice warm jumper and jacket! I’m pretty happy that she’s happy, and glad that they haven’t gone straight into the summer clothes boxes in the loft. I think there may be another version of this pattern on the cards, but we need to find that elusive “right fabric” again.
The blog posting hasn’t really gone to plan in the last couple of months, and neither is it how I normally would work! I’ve been spending a lot more time on the allotment, especially with the veggies (time consuming little buggers), and sewing for Daughter No2, who isn’t at home and therefore makes it tricky to get photos of finished garments. Today though, I’ve got a couple of items I made for myself. A while ago I said I had plans to make another LB Pullover and possibly a Uvita Top. Well, those have been made, and worn, and I only now have some photos for you.
I have to admit, that as far as 3/4 sleeve tees go, I find it hard to beat the Uvita. I’ve also used the Lark Tee with the 3/4 sleeve option, but the Uvita is just so easy to wear. The fabric was bought from a fellow sewist who was using Instagram to destash. I think it was originally from Fabworks – a dusky blue and sort of beige stripe viscose jersey with good drape. The only downside was its determination to curl to the right side – which made the neck treatment on the tee just ever so slightly tricky. Let’s just say a tailor’s ham and lots of pins were used…
Then the LB Pullover – was there ever such a quick “sweatshirt” to make? This is the size 14, I’d sized down from the original 16 some time ago, and I think it’s just right for me – for now. Fabric came from Rosenberg & sons a couple of years ago, has a cool texture and is a lovely blue. But then all blues are lovely. I had intended to make some of these tops in linen over the summer, but I guess I’ll just have to get to that plan next year!
Then the last of the “show-offs” for today are the trousers I made a few weeks ago, Burda 115 from May 2019. I’m still on the wearable toile, haven’t found “proper” fabric yet, but I like the pants, style and fit. I wasn’t sure about the big pleat in the front – but the other half has no problems in deciding. He doesn’t like it. So I have to ask, are pants with pleats on the front flattering to me, or not?
These are the size 42, with a leg length adjustment, 3cm shorter than the pattern was drafted. Apologies for the photo quality, I’m using my phone’s forward camera and it’s not the best…
Sewing continues, I’ve been toiling and trying to use up scraps in equal measure. I’ve finally found a use for the patchwork of left over fabrics – large cushion covers for daughter no 2. I’ve also made a blue and rust cushion cover for myself, to use at the allotment. It used left over fabric from other projects and looks good a cheerful on my turquoise chairs! I need to get a photo for you!
As far as toiles go, the working toile of the trousers, 115 May 2019 has worked out well, no alterations needed. I do need to find a suitable fabric though, I don’t think there’s one in the stash.
On the other hand though, I have at least make one pair of trousers for the changing seasons – the Teddy Designer Pants have been remade for cooler weather in a lovely soft pale grey wool. I locked myself away in the sewing room for a whole day and just concentrated on making them, which was lovely. Even though the weather was good and I should have been out in the allotment.
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However – I was having such a good time sewing that I made a little booboo. I managed to fold the pleat on the front the wrong way! And this I only realised once I happily put them on to revel in my new trousers. So…. now they’re in the altering pile. How annoying!
On the good side though, Daughter No 2 loves the toile of the trousers 120 August 2019, and it looks like they need no alterations or adjustments whatsoever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the same with Daughter No1. Not only did they not fit well, but they just didn’t suit her. Not the right style. I still have to toile 107, also from August 2019, the pattern is all traced and ready, but the allotment is a fickle place and doesn’t like the competition! 🙂
I have finished the two tops I had planned to make in jersey fabric, making a navy blue LB Pullover from a textured jersey I got from Rosenberg & Sons two years ago at the NEC, and a blue and beige(?) striped Uvita, fabric bought from a sewist who was destashing on Instagram. I need someone to be around to take photos of all these things, so for now all I have is a selfie…
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Daughter No 2 has been the recipient of a new blouse, again, I’ve no photos of her in it yet, but she’s assured me that she likes it, but maybe next time make it a little shorter. The top in question is 120 from June 2019, made in Liberty Lawn from the stash. Yay for stashbusting! The mint buttons are from the button stash too.
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Daughters No 1’s vintage 80s vogue patterns have arrived and are partway through the toiling process, so now it’s wait and find out time. I really hope they they work out, the pink worsted wool I have in mind for the “cross dressing women” pattern is just devine! But first, I have to plant late potatoes to have some to harvest in time for Christmas, get the vegetable allotment ready for autumn sowings of broad beans & peas, and get ready to plant shallots, onions and garlic to overwinter! And continue, in the meantime, to harvest and find interesting ways to eat rather a lot of courgettes….
I have been making progress with the sewing for everyone, mostly tracing patterns and toiling so far, but I have one decision made. The trousers 115 from May Burda 2019 were pronounced the “wrong thing” for both daughters, after I’d traced and toiled the pattern, but before any of them had managed to try on the toile! Anyway, I still like the look, so quickly “tried on” the 36 – by which I mean I put one leg in to see where the length got me – and decided to shorten the pattern in the leg by 3cm to get the hem where it hits the model, and cut what I very much hope is a wearable toile for myself!
The fabric is a piece of wool I found in a charity shop locally last year, grey with hints of pale blue in a windowpane check. Fingers crossed now! Based on the fact that I’m still taking in my trousers made before in size 44, I’ve taken a risk and gone for the 42 this time. Now I really need those fingers to be crossed.
I made a certain attempt to get the checks to line up, if I really am going to be able to wear these, I’d prefer it for the stripes and checks to at least attempt to match! The instructions were only slightly ignored – well, I didn’t ignore them, but I did re-organise them. The darts and pleats and pockets were constructed as per instructions, but I changed the front opening details a bit. Only because it’s tricky doing all that work with extra trouser pieces hanging around, so I left off the back pieces. The instructions for actually constructing the button fly are dead easy, it all goes together in the absolutely right way.
I sewed the straight part of the back seam next, and added the back waistband. Then the front pieces got their waistbands and the out and in-seams were sewn. Finally I finished the crotch seam and, with many fingers crossed, put my new pants on. oooo, did I need to breath in!!! Just goes to show when you get cocky, the sewing fairies bite back! 🙂 I might be taking my size 44 trousers in all over the pace, but with this particular style, I am not yet ready for the size 42….
Thank heavens for that side seam sewn all in one with the waistband! I hadn’t sewn the inner waistband down yet, so all I did was change the seam allowance to a mere 5mm on the waistband, and graded/tapered that new seamline into the original line by about 10cm below the pocket. They’re more comfortable to put on and pin shut now, and I recon when I put them on in the morning, they’ll feel even better! Of course, the checks lined up so beautifully with the 1.5cm seam, and now things are a little off.
This fabric has no movement in it, so no stretching during the day. I think I might get away with wearing this pair, I will definitely need to trace the 44 from around 10cm below the hipline up to the waistline, and there needs to be a slight adjustment done in the back, there are some draglines under the bum that will need to be fixed for the final pair. But these are useable… I have buttons that are suitable, so just need to get that waistband finished off, make buttonholes and get the hem done. But what fabric to make the final pair in?
In other scrapbusting and stashbusting news, I have finally done something useful with a bit of cross-stitch embroidery I did, around 2 years ago. I’d wanted to do something with it, but wasn’t sure what, or how. I didn’t fancy a picture, mounted and framed. Last week I had a brainwave – raid the silks box for brightly coloured bits of dupion silk and make a patchwork of sorts. Then make it into a cushion cover. I started by deciding how big the final embroidery piece would be, then worked out the strips of different colours based on the overall size of the cushion. I wanted asymmetry with the piece, but not massivly so. So the strips of silk on the left are slightly wider than the one of the right, and the strips on the top are deeper than that on the bottom. I love the combination of silks, they pick out the colours of the blue tits and blossoms really well. It’ll be going to Daughter No2 to brighten up her living room.