I have been working on some pieces for my me made wardrobe. I finally have enough pieces I wear at least one everyday.I am very proud of this but still need a few pieces like jeans, a spring jacket, and some shorts for me.
I got seriously sidetracked this week however by a pile of mending and my boys sudden lack of sleep shorts that fit and my oldest busting out of 2 pairs of jeans. So I assembly line sewed 8 pairs of shorts, replaced the 2 pairs of jeans, and fixed holes/rips in countless garments.
A friend called me out on my disappearance from social media over the past week and lack of blog posts. I hadn’t realized I had dropped out. My only justification was that no one wanted to hear about boring shorts and mending. And bless her she said “of course they do, that’s what most sewing consists of right?” Well duh. But it’s like washing dishes or doing laundry, we assume no one cares.
Well that got me thinking that maybe we set our expectations too high. Instead of seeing a complicated dress that took two weeks to make from an exotic fabric maybe there’s a mom who wants to know how to whip out 8 pairs of cotton sleep shorts in a day or two, or how to mend jeans to get a few more weeks out of them.
While I like to ooh and ahhhh over beautiful day dresses and fancy blouses it makes me feel like less of a seamstress sometimes to see those beautifully staged and styled photos. I can make tee shirts, cardigans, and a line skirts with my eyes closed. But that’s so mundane and boring I feel like I don’t measure up sometimes. Realistic? Probably not. So I promise to show most everything, even the boring bits, and not disappear completely when I am doing the normal sewing.Just promise to tell me when I bore you to tears!
So seriously I have the worst luck when it comes to pants patterns. After you factor in the fact that I sit solidly on that regular/ plus size fence and then add in the baby belly( can you still call it that when the baby is 6?) nothing EVER fits without a lot of tweaking.
I have tried a couple of the popular ones out there and had varying degrees of success. Two muslins later, I had a really nice pair of gray wool Colette’s Clovers. But casual pants continue to elude me.
Until now. Colette’s Seamwork magazine has a fabulous line of basics that I have been plowing through since the magazine came out. I finally got to the Moji this week. I didn’t really have any decent muslin fabric so I used the grey linen I had gotten at a local textile warehouse and hoped they would at least be wearable at home. They are AWESOME. Right..off..the..pattern.
I had cut out the pockets but decided not to use them for a longer, leaner look. Really I wasn’t just being lazy….. I also went all the way with an elastic waistband because they were all bunchy when I tried to tie them small enough to fit my waist. I liked the drawstring though so I faked it.
How awesome are these? I could see these being seriously sexy with some cute sandals and a silk top or perfect with a sweater and my snowboots. Yay! I might even break down and model these and let you see their awesomeness! OK I probably won’t but I considered it.
So now I need to figure what other fabrics I want to use for these. Much as they scream denim I would like to try some thing else that would go with all the tops I have made this winter. What do you think?
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I was very lucky to be a tester for Irene Valle at SergerPepper Patterns this past month. It comes out tonight. Not only did I get to make these super cute overalls for both my little boys, we got to work on several variations for dungarees and shorts. Win win!
Playproof Dungarees are a relatively easy sew for an experienced beginner. If you are very experienced these go together in a flash and have tons of cute options for linings, pockets and lengths, even a skirt option, which sadly I didn’t test (hello? boys?) How cute is that Mine-craft fabric? This pair is completely flannel lined for our Maine winters.
Alex is rocking this pair from the original test. I was amazed how much he likes these.