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The epic trousers project

For how long am I already going on about the trousers project? Officially probably since about 6 months but really I had in mind to make trousers already 18 months ago.

As you might remember I made a pair of lovely Carrie Trousers by SewOverIt this summer

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and all these Sachensuchershorts for the children

 

followed by a few leggings which I will be showing in a later post because we do not want to start a discussion if leggings actually are trousers or not.

I had been looking around for a basic pattern and found the Canelita e-book.

The first two pairs I made out of  light summer jeans, so a woven fabric.

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IMG_6128pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: summer jeans

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I really like the details on them which gives them a professional look. I wasn’t convinced by the fit, first of all because it is too low-cut for my liking (although the boy looks a bit like a young Mick Jagger. If Mick Jagger ever wore trousers with cars on them) and I do not seem to be used to woven, unstretchy fabrics for children’s trousers anymore. I am slightly worried, the seams will break when they sit down or do a sudden unusual movement.

I was close to look for a new pattern but laziness won so I gave it another chance with stretchy sweat using only left over fabrics and ta-da…

a perfect pair of clown trousers.

20170912_074444pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: summer sweat Triangles by Petra Laitner

I had initially bought this fabric for a dress for myself but in the end, it became a cosy clown coat. Apparently the fabric was totally ridiculous and unsuitable for a grown up. Embarrassing. Strangely it is considered ok for trousers though.

The clown fabric has also been used for toddler clown trousers but I haven’t taken any pictures of it and it is peeking out of these trousers’ pockets.

20170912_185714pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: brushed summer sweat

The main fabric is actually also a hoody left over which I haven’t been able to show. The dad of Mr. No Thank You hasn’t been wearing it yet.

Since this second attempt worked surprisingly well, we went fabric shopping to get some really warm brushed sweat …

20170917_165739pattern: Canelita by bienvenido colorido, fabric: brushed sweat by Stoffonkel

I had also ordered some corduroy to give the woven fabrics another chance but they are actually too thin for winter.

So far, the trousers project has been a huge success. At least partly. I think the pattern is fine for the girl, I might possibly make another one for winter and add half an inch at the hip to make it higher.

For the boy I am still thinking I’ll need a more suitable pattern for a pair of proper trousers, wide enough to move around and to allow a warm lining. Winter seems to be around the corner, so I might need to have to hurry up. Except that there are a few baby presents waiting to be made. Strange at my age to suddenly have so many friends having their first babies. I have already cut out the cutest fabric ever. Which I can’t show you as the new parents officially follow this blog. Not that I expect them to actually read anything these days.

Enough trousers for now, next time, I guess, I’ll have to show you some leggings and partner look projects. Mother – daughter – outfits have never really been my thing. Honestly.

 

 

 

 

Gangs of Vienna

Since we came back from lovely quiet Black Forest to the fast and dark city of Vienna, I feel slightly unsafe. I don’t remember that there have been all these gangs of young dangerous looking people wearing hoodies. Have they always been around?

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even girls

IMG_6143pattern: Kimby pattydoo, fabric by Michas Stoffecke

and perhaps the most dangerous one of all of them, probably their leader

IMG_6149 (2)pattern: Ryan by pattydoo, fabric various left overs

 

The latter might remind you of these things

and possibly this one, they had all been made at the same time, many moons ago.

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Those of you who are actually paying attention to detail might have noticed those amazing trousers the older gang members are wearing. Spending all day in the streets of Vienna but somehow enough money for bespoke trousers. Unbelievable. More about those in the next post.

 

Scrap Sunday: bare necessities

You are probably wondering why you haven’t heard from me in a while. Or probably you aren’t. In any case, I just came here to tell you that I am not able to post for another while. Because I am in internetfree land. Well internetdifficult land. I am currently in the middle of a 4 weeks sewing detox programme in the Black Forest in Germany. I meant to use this time to post about all those lovely things I made during a little sewing frenzy leading up to this detox stay. But uploading those pictures would take weeks. So I will wait and post them when back to civilisation.

However, as a good blogger, I do have a little Scrap project for you. I came here with a box of wool and needles. No one said anything about knitting detox. On the contrary, I thought it would be lovely to go back to knitting if I have to leave my sewing machine behind.

After a day or two here I realised that I often have nothing to carry keys, phone (to go to the only spot with reception, surprisingly near the Reception) and money so after a couple of days with a big cotton tote bag (initially my knitting bag), I knitted a small bag, using the scraps that I had brought for the children and their knitting fork)

Sorry for the star dust – it seemed appropriate for the idyllic Black Forest. And I am frankly just very proud of my recent discoveries on my phone. Well the little one showed me.

With my real knitting project, I did not get very far yet, due to a lack of time:

This is my project: a jumper for myself by Atelier Alfa.

This is how far I got in the last two weeks:

See you in a couple of weeks!

 

 

 

Scrap Sunday: Travelling again

So that wedding (yes, I am still going on about it, but it really was a nice evening and possibly the highlight of my social life this year).

Obviously we needed a gift. I like giving money and I think this has become the most common wedding gift around here. But I don’t like to just put money in an envelope or handing over vouchers for a department store. I like finding a nice or fun way of hiding the money. This time I went for another travel wallet, slightly more advanced than the first version. I found it suitable as a wedding gift holder as people usually go on a honeymoon after their big day, isn’t it.

Waterproof material this time. It just looks a bit more professional.

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One zip pocket for I don’t know what.

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Lots of different types of pockets…

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… for tickets, cards and pens. And passports. What would a travel wallet be without passports? I made them both big enough to keep at least two passports each (actually I didn’t try more) so 4 (or more) in total.

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I still don’t know if a travel wallet is really a life saver but in any case it is good enough to transport a money gift.

Since it was a wedding plus one, I thought I could use up some of my fabric and make some cute toddler cloths. (I realised toddler sizes are really perfect to use up those left overs of bigger sized hoodies, shirts… – I always end up with a narrow yet longish stripe of fabric)

Now, obviously one might wonder why a woman who only gets married in a normal wedding dress, would actually deserve special handmade clothes for her offspring – clearly she is a hopeless case fashionwise. But then this is the only way, she could possibly develop some kind of fashion sense. Plus, believe it or not, her husband seems to be a male fashionista. He attended the after wedding family breakfast in a fresh and clean fitted shirt. Very elegant, I have to say. He tried to play it down and pretended he had forgotten to bring a normal T-Shirt with him. But he can’t trick me, he was just trying to take the embarrassment of all others, terribly underdressed in T-Shirts and jeans.

So, I am sure, he will appreciate my very tasteful toddler hooded vest and trousers, whereas his (otherwise lovely) wife… well, it was probably a case of casting perls before swine but one should never abandon hope.

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pattern: hooded vest “Ryan” by pattydoo, fabric: various left overs

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pattern: Babyhose by klimperklein, Kinderleicht: fabric: sweat Zippy Zebra by poppy

I didn’t make them as a set (I don’t like sets) but they are actually linked by the same cuff material. I bought the Zebras last year on sale and intended to make trousers for Mr No Thank You. But, guess what, the material was to scruffy so this year, I used it to make two pairs of trousers, one for the wedding boy and one for Mr No Thank You’s little brother who can’t decline politely yet.

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And guess what, if you have 1m of fabric and make two toddler sized trousers, you have just enough for another scrap project. So watch this space 🙂