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Baggy trousers

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I worked a lot with these. There wasn’t enough fabric to just cut out the pieces, and I decided that although i could have made an invisible seam, adding two smaller parts together, I preferred to make it a detail . You can see it on the front of the left leg.

Pattern is Simplicity 1940’s retro 3688.

I really enjoy it when there is a challenge and a problem to be solved.

however, I think I made a mistake when copying the the pattern, the pants were SO big and I had to take them in in several places, all considering the pattern and how it would look.

And once they were finished… I just don’t care for them. They feel baggy. Reason is probably partly that the fabric is really thin and lightweight. I bought it in a thrift store thinking it was a sturdy canvas like fabric. It smelled of detergent so I assumed it was washed, which it turned out it wasn’t.  What I thought was a sturdy fabric was mostly the starch you add to cheap fabrics. You’d think I’d know by now.

I can’t be bothered to take up the seams in the waist and the hem to redo them. They’ve been sitting on a chair for a moth now, and I think they’ll stay there for a while.

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‘Tis the time of the year…

…when I start making lots of trunks. If you want to make your own x-mas gifts and is looking for something not too difficult but very appreciated. look no further.Foto-1987 I’ve made lots of comox trunks, and had lots of praise. You buy the pattern here (it’s not mine, not connected to me in any way, I just like it).

I’ve got plans to change the pattern and take away the baggy front to fit me as well, will let you know how that goes.

Crochet!

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I commute a lot, usually I read or draw, but it occurred to me there was more, so yesterday I brought some yarn and crochet needles and started. I haven’t done this for years, and not followed any directions either- I do  a lot of freewheeling- but decided I would try this blouse. It’s so fun! And the  travelling is way too short.

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Pants done

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So the pants are done. Though the different shades of green didn’t match, they’re still kind of cool.

 

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And the burgundy zipper contrasting with the green fabric, makes me happy every time I put them on.

 

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My lucky day

I decided I would go for trousers using my boldly patterned cotton fabric. There wasn’t enough for the upper part which goes down to a triangle in the back, though, so I set off for some hunting. I buy most of my fabrics in thrift stores, and the secret of thrift store shopping is to buy what you find, not go looking for what you want. Today, however, I found just the green canvas I needed. And there’s enough for a jacket or a shirt to match the pants. Yay!Image

Epilepsy

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I bought this fabric with a dance costume in mind, but haven’t gotten around to it. Have lately considered trousers, but the cotton’s so thin I fear it won’t be heavy enough, even with double hems. A dress perhaps, since spring is coming?

Also, in the wrong direction, from a distance, the pattern gives a sensation of very blurry eyesight. The colors are so nice, though!

Seamingly unimportant

Foto-0859My mom taught me to sew, basically, and one of the things she was very careful about was the thread. These days most people seem to use polyester thread (at least that’s what I think since other stuff is getting harder and harder to find). Now, the polyester thread has one big advantage and one big disadvantage: The advantage is that it doesn’t break. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t break. Let’s start with the advantage. A strong thread is very handy. It keeps you from having to resew seams all the time because the thread’s broke off.

The disadvantage with the strong thread, is that if it’s stronger than the material you’re sewing with, and there’s some strain on the seam, the thread will hold, and the fabric will rip. You see this quite often with ready bought clothes- an overlocked thick seam, and a hole beside it. Problem with this is that mending this is far more trouble than sewing a seam with new thread.

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So in my book, polyester thread is for polyester fabrics and heavy cottons, linens and such. For thin cotton, wool, silk and any delicate fabric, I use cotton (or silk for silk if available).

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