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like a gazelle

… jumps this project the blog queue.

But I am just so proud that I finally got the trousers project going.

I guess all those Sachensuchershorts have been good preparation.

A year ago, I already had in mind to take the trousers online class at SewOverIt and I finally purchased it, including two patterns, one for a pair of summer “Carrie” trousers and one for the “ultimate” trousers. It is mainly the latter I am curious about. I guess the Carrie, I could have made without an online class.

So, at the beginning of the summer, I did not only purchase said class but also a light woven viscose. In – and now you better sit down – black and white. With small pattern. It was hard work to settle on such a subtle fabric. But then on the other hand there was almost only black and white stuff available. In any case I was really determined to make something that would be easier to match.

I printed the pattern, glued the papers together and even cut out the right size weeks ago. But then the more urgent giant floor covering project came in its way.

We delivered the project on Monday, so I finally had time to make up those Carrie trousers. Just right for this very hot and summery week.

 

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Don’t I look cool with my hands in my pockets? I guess, my grandma would not only disagree but also tell me off.

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Revealing pictures, in my position as famous blogger I really need to be up-to-date with my pedicures.

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Not very flattering back view. Is it me? Is it the trousers? I guess, I would need something that looks like the Carries from the front but tight jeans from the back. We will see if the “ultimate” trousers are able to deliver. At least they have a promising name.

 

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pattern: Carrie Trousers by SewOverIt, fabric: woven viscose

As a conclusion, I’d say I definitely got what I expected. They are very comfortable and practicable, I tested them on an outing to the zoo. They already got a bit loose, close to dropping. We will have to wait and see how they look after a couple of washes. But I could definitely imagine to make another pair next season. But for now I am working on a set of two trousers for the children. I am worried because they do look tight. They are meant to be slim fitting but maybe I should have gone for a slightly stretchy fabric. I guess I will find out tomorrow.

And now over to RUMS to see what others have achieved this week.

 

 

A little delay and so not right for the season

I still owe you pictures of my coat Zsazsa by susalabim. I made it back in May I think when it was really not the weather for a coat. And it is still not. Never mind. I do not own anything to wear it with anyway. But it looks amazing on my dress form.

Susalabim is a fantastic designer for lillestoff. Obviously I had already bought at least one of her fabrics without knowing it and it is actually through the pattern for this coat that I discovered not only Susalabim as a designer but also lillestoff as supplier for organic fabrics.

The coat can be made out of one fabric but Susalabim uses it to show off her designs as a patchwork coat – ideal to use up left overs. So ideal for me one would think. Except that I was really intrigued by the fabrics she had used in her video – jaquard, something I haven’t used so far. So I actually had to order small portions of different fabrics to fake a pile of left over jaquards. They were all so beautiful. I spent ages in arranging them and sending pictures to my dear colour and style expert back in London. Apart from her totally wrong and unjustified advice that orange elephants would be too childish she helped me a lot. As usual.  But enough talking.

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Initially I had in mind to only use a 2 or 3 fabrics for the sleeves and to have larger blocks. But as those fabrics were so nice, I didn’t want to waste any of it and used the small bits too. But I underestimated how much they would shrink in the washing. So actually I couldn’t cut the sleeves properly and had to do real patchwork in two places:

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I love having the seams on the outside. It is so venturous and makes it cool and trend-setting.

However my banned from chocolate for life and boring 7 year old finds it wrong and embarrassing.

So what do you think? Are you boring or setting venturous trends? 🙂

I’ll take this coat to RUMS for now and wait for more appropriate weather to be a cool trend-setter.

 

 

Cosy Clown Coat

Remember, last post was about family members who are pleased with my creative work. But this is not always the case. In fact, just the same day, my husband looked at my work in progress, a cosy hoodie jacket,  and said: “You always have to do things three times because you are doing them before thinking.”  Obviously this is totally unjustified, fake news,  and just because at some point during the creative process the jacket  had looked like this:

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Honestly, just a minor mistake, and nothing that a pair of scissors and an additional seam couldn’t solve. And anyway, I only had to do it twice, not three times.

I am glad that he hadn’t seen that I had accidentally cut the hood halves not as pair (like gloves) but twice the same.

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I bet he would have interpreted this as yet another proof of his strange theory.

But back to the purpose of this post, said jacket.

I have bought the Janice pattern by pattydoo ages ago, clearly hoodies are a staple garment and every woman should have one or two.

Let me give you just a piece of advice here, from a fashionista and colour expert: When it comes to staple clothes, one should have them in neutral colours, I would suggest monochrome,  no pattern as one want to be able to combine them with all of these other crazy things in my  one’s wardrobe. So the fabric you have already seen, is clearly just perfect for it. Luckily I bought lots of it as I meant to make another Carol dress  out of it but continuous breastfeeding seems to make dresses a bit pointless these days.

But enough talking, let’s have a look at the result:

 

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a little bit of contrasting hood lining peeking out, just to add a splash of colour

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I am rather pleased with the result and know it will get worn a lot. Luckily we still get chilly mornings. Annoyingly during day time it is already rather warm and sunny around here.

I think it is a bit too long though. The pattern is designed for the use of normal shop bought zips so the lengths of the different sizes go in 5cm steps. If I wanted to use a normal zip, I would have to shorten it 5cm otherwise I have to adjust the zip. Which I have done before for the children’s jackets but it is always a bit messy.

So when I make the next one, I will have to see, how long I really want or need it. Obviously with those low-cut trousers these days, it is also nice to have a long jacket to get my middle-aged and always freezing back and bottom well covered up.

If you are by now thinking that I seem to have too much sewing time lately, you might be right. I do get a lot done and I am making a lot for myself.

I am trying to get ready for Me Made May and I will see what challenge I will set for myself this year.

In the meantime, I will jump over to RUMS and see if other ladies are getting ready too.

Terrific top trilogy

Since my last post about tops and T-shirts, I have managed to make a few more. I haven’t managed to adapt the pattern the way I wanted though. I meant to change the raglan line but failed. Very confidently I did cut the good fabric though. Then I had a little crisis. Then I tried to at least safe it and could actually still use the pieces and cut again following the original pieces even though it meant that I had to shorten the front and back.

Once finished, I found the sleeves too short and added cuffs.

My daughter thinks, I look like a child. How silly. I think it looks like a perfectly mature woman in her pyjamas. And what is wrong with that?

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As you can see with these contrasting fabrics, the raglan line is not ideal. It would be much better a bit more sleeve and less body.

Anyway, I also made two more short sleeved ones. Here one out of a lovely fabric that is apparently unsuitable for grown ups, too. She’s just jealous I guess.

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And since this pattern is supposed to be my new staple T-shirt, I made a first monochrome, too. Well almost monochrome. I tried really hard. Honestly.

I have used a viscose jersey for this one which feels nice and thin so far.

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The slightly messed up neck line reminded me that I meant to make one with a little gathered bit in the centre of the neckline. I think this would fall nicely. Next time. But for now, I need to work on other things. Just saying sliiiiiiiightly delayed birthday present.  So watch this space while I go over to RUMS to watch other ladies’ projects.