Chestnut Lander Pants

Oh, I do love these!  After being a teeny tiny bit ranty the last time I blogged about these Lander Pants, I think I need to show the other side of the coin.  Yes, the zip instructions were unduly complicated, but the rest of the making of the garment was just fine.  And the finished result is a little more than “just fine”!

I overlocked the pieces either before sewing or as I went along, depending on what was required.  The fabric I have used is a heavy-ish weight denim that I bought from Truro Fabrics back in September while on holiday.  I had gone in to find something to buy, and I wasn’t disappointed!  I left with two pieces of denim, zips for jeans and, new to me, a reel of Gutermann Denim Thread.  The demin is gorgeous!  It is woven with blue and chestnut coloured thread, instead of blue and white.  The blue gives the chestnut a deep, rich colour, which I just love.  So, as there’s more blue on the underside of the fabric, I used navy thread in the overlocker.  I also used a 100 denim needle, it’s a chunky fabric.

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True Bias Lander Pants in denim from Truro Fabrics

I lined the front patch pockets with a scrap of navy blue linen left over from my first Zadie Jumpsuit.  Topstitching was done, anywhere I had two lines, with a denim twin needle!  Get yourself one, it’s great for even, parallel lines of stitching, and makes your work look extra fabulous!  The thread used, that Denim Thread, is thinner than regular topstitching thread and was recommended by the ladies at Truro Fabrics after I said that my Bernina has the biggest hissey fit when I try to use topstitching thread.  I used it in the top (needle thread) only, and regular thread in the bobbin.  That’s because I didn’t want to waste it!  As it turns out, when I did use it in the bobbin, for the waistband topstitching, it went as wrong as regular topstitching thread.  But not quite as bad.  The thread comes in a variety of decent denim-y colours, and wasn’t a pricey alternative.  I’ll definitely be using it again!

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Obligatory bum shot!

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The length of these pants is perfect for me, I had thought I’d need to cut a chunk off when I first put them on to check length, and turned up a nice healthy 8cm, but when I checked the hem requirements in the instructions, it says to turn up 6mm and then approx 7.5cm.  Well, there’s your 8cm!  Perfect!  I can’t believe these and the Ash Jeans have been the perfect length, straight out of the envelope.  These are the size 12, with an extra 1cm taken out of the outside seam to compensate for the small percentage of stretch that this denim has.  I wore these pants all day and have to apologise for some creasing, although some is in the fabric after washing and storing.  I hope they’ll soon wash/iron out!  They’re a very comfortable par of trousers, and I’ll most definitely be making another pair.

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I need to revisit the button position, you can see some pulling at the top of the zip, which means the button needs to move over.

Cheating

I have a fabric confession to make. I need more of the stuff like I need a hole in the head, but that never seems to stop me acquiring more. On Sunday I accompanied a friend to Fred Winter‘s in Stratford on Avon to help her to choose some fabric for a couple of projects. Caroline Winter’s eyes literally lit up when she saw us. She knows us well.  Actually she knows me way too well!  😀

So going from not needing anything at all I ended up leaving with this:

2m of navy & grey plaid wool + 2% elastane

and…

1.5m Black and grey floral print Liberty silk satin

However. I still haven’t finished the blue devore blouse (not much left, only some hand stitching) and haven’t even started the jacket to be made with that great leaf-print linen. Although the pattern is finally finished, so it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.

So am I really allowed to make something new/different? Heck yeah! That’s why I am cheating. I have cut out the wool to make a pair of trousers using a Burdastyle pattern, and the silk is also cut, another Burdastyle pattern. Look for the finished articles this weekend, and on Burdastyle too!  I think I may need another category for commercial pattern use, otherwise I really will only have sporadic posting!

By the way, has anyone seen some of the fabulous wool coating, not to mention all the other fabrics that Truro Fabrics have in at the moment?  I pinned some great colours to my Pinterest boards last night.  It’s my version of online/virtual shopping – I haven’t spent anything, but I still get to see lovely fabric!  On the other hand, I may need some afterall –  Daughter no1 fancies a new coat..  hmm

Anyone for felt hearts??

A bowl of felt heart magnetism..

Yup, they have little magnets inside! How cute to decorate the fridge with these? 😀   Right, I’m off to finish all these projects today!  Talk about Sewing with a Plan!!