These are the famed Sewaholic Thurlow pants! I made these so long ago, and every time I tried to get a photo something went wrong.
They are made from wool blend fabric purchased from the remnant warehouse many months ago $30 for the whole piece. Out of this huge piece of fabric I got these pants and enough to make a practice leg as I had trouble with the welt pockets. Though the pockets turned out ok in the end.
Because nearly all sewists are cat people I dragged Peanut in to this pic.
I made a muslin but didn’t need to make any mods. Once made I did take a some of the fullness out of the legs from the thigh down. They are great and I plan on making more pairs. Perhaps – a pair out of a drill?
This weekend hopefully I’ll get a chance to make more pants, as I desperately need more for work.
I haven’t blogged for a while, but I have definitely been sewing. These are my new denim pants made from the Colette juniper pants pattern. I took a chance and made them without a muslin and they fit… Yay. The denim is a mid weight denim from Lincraft.
Rest assured the front crotch wrinkles are from sitting down to have breakfast in these pants, the denim seems to crease quite easily.
The only changes I made was to take a little fullness out of the legs from the thigh down. When I make them again I will add a smidgen to the waistband.
I highly recommend this pattern, I got lots of comments wearing these at work yesterday.
The title of this post “husbands are the hidden victims of sewing” was what my husband said to me on Sunday when I got him to pin the hem up. Does your partner hate getting roped into these sewing tasks as much as mine?
These are not the only pants I have made lately. A month or so ago I made the Sewaholic Thurlow pants, I also love this pattern, and though I muslined them, they were pretty good straight from the pattern. Hopefully I’ll have pictures for you soon. I’m also working on a pants muslin for some “fitted Clover” style pants with Steph, which is going very well.
Now I know you’re wondering “what did Rachel buy on her fabric shopping weekend?”…
Apart from the obvious answer, which is far too much, I think its a pretty good assortment of fabric to tide me over for a while.
First off from Tessuti; some melony pink linen and a matching lining for a jacket. Double faced linen, some grey linen with white pin dots for a skirt, and a flame print jersey, that I got at a remnant price.
From the fabric store; a lovely citron colored cotton voile, and a black cotton voile with a burnout effect.
From Rathdowne fabrics; some wool coating for next years New York Cape, some dark Bettina Liano denim, wool blend suiting for pants, and pink silk for a blouse.
Lastly I made a order from this etsy seller recently, and it arrived on Friday before I wen to Melbourne so I am counting it too. Since the Renfrew craze I am loving sewing stretch and to some lovely pieces.
The rest of the weekend was just as fabulous, as Saturday. Saturday night ended with a few wines and dinner, and on Sunday before flying home we went clothes shopping, Christy bought her charcoal jeans, and I got two pairs of lovely Steve Madden flats for $60!!! And a cute bright scarf, and belt.
Anyhow now I must get into sewing all these lovely fabrics into a spring wardrobe!
On Friday Christy and I flew down to Melbourne for a girls fabric shopping weekend, and the Melbourne sewers meetup. I had a great time! Mind you I need to have a weekend to get over my weekend!
So on to the Melbourne sewers meet up…. We met at Tessuti for a spot of shopping, and then to a nearby cafe for drinks. Everyone was even more lovely and charming than their blogs!
In case you’re wondering that’s me in the background wearing the pink and blue striped skirt. The photos were borrowed from TJ (with special thanks to the cute Scottish guy she roped in to take them). It was lovely chatting to all of you! If you want to read more about the catch up you can find it here, here, and here.
The lovely ladies were…
Robyn: Sew love red http://sewredrobyn.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: Boo dogg and me http://boodogg.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: My messings http://mymessings.blogspot.com.au/
Kirsty: Rocket Sews http://rocketsews.otheredge.com.au/
Leith: Sew Brunswick http://sewbrunswick.blogspot.com.au/
Lara: Thornberry thornberry.wordpress.com/
Melanie: PoppyKettle http://poppykettle.blogspot.com.au/
Helen: Funkbunnys kitchen garden http://funkbunnysgarden.blogspot.com.au/
Christy Little Betty http://littlebettydesigns.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: The two windmills http://thetwowindmills.wordpress.com/
Sarah: Sewsquirrell http://www.sewsquirrel.com.au/
Kirsty: Rocketsews http://rocketsews.otheredge.com.au/
Tj: The perfect nose http://theperfectnose.wordpress.com/
Belle: Bella’s Collectanea of Sewing http://www.bellacollectanea.com
Fabulous ladies who were blog-less.
It is with a little bit of embarrassment that I show my next make. Firstly because I have been making derogatory comments about cape wearers since last winter; secondly and more importantly because it’s a shameless copy of Leith’s. I was half way won over by the Tessuti cape, but it was hers that pushed me over the line.
The fabric was from The Fabric Store in Surry Hills and my five year old accomplice insisted I buy the blue print, rather than the other runner up which was black. The buttons were from Spotlight, and the wool binding was from Tessuti.
It was simple to make, but time consuming. My sewing machine was very unhappy with the buttonholes, and has since sadly gone in for repairs. I bound all the seams as the instructions suggest. It got its first wear out on Saturday to the Southern Highlands for breakfast in Berrima, followed by my nephews birthday party.
I churned out a Renfrew to match it, out of some stretch I bought from Pitt Trading in their sale. The colour is a pretty orchid kind of pink, and the $7 piece I bought still has enough for another top in it.
Ever since I spied this dress I had to make my very own version of Vogue 8805. It was a quick sew and I wore it to work today.
This is one of the patterns with cup sizes. I found this quite tricky normally my cup size is dd or e however with these you go by the difference in your high and full bust. Mine is only about an inch as I have very broad shoulders. So by this I cut a 14 B, that said though, it was too big, and I had to take it in by 1-2cm down each of the inner arm and down to the hips.
The lovely wool ponti was from the fabric store and it is just stunning. I plan to use the leftover to make a simple skirt such as this one.
I have had this pattern Vogue 2863 hanging around for a while, not sure where I got it from. I wanted to make a simple straight skirt and felt quite a plain pattern was necessary as the print is quite detailed. The fabric is a stretch sateen from Spotlight, the print resembles a finger print. Not much to say about the pattern, it came together quickly, and fits well. As you can see I am quite fond of the lack top print skirt combo.