Time flies and all that…

I really didn’t realise how far behind schedule I was on a few things, nor how long it’s been since I posted until just now. I swear that the older I get, and the more fun I’m having, the faster the time flies. Believe me when I was working in the Middle East time just dragged but ever since I’ve been back I turn around twice and a month has gone by.
Which is why this still isn’t finished, even though I planned to make it in April.

It was actually coming along nicely… until I tried it on. Unfortunately, it is a bit too big. And also too long through the upper bodice – which is not an issue I’ve had before. Now with all the seaming it is a relatively simple task to make it smaller – although since I could probably lift it a couple of inches at the shoulder seams, that might require a little more thought.

But, and it is a big but, I am just not sure that it is me. I think it would have been me when I worked in universities but I work from home now and so I just don’t think it is me anymore. I am also unsure about the whole fit and flare silhouette on me. I know that it is supposed to be flattering and show off the narrowest part of you but whilst my waist is technically my narrowest part (by actual measurement) it is proportionally speaking my largest part. And my hips are narrow (about 2 sizes smaller than my waist) and my bum is really flat so there is nothing to flare over. As much as I’m not terribly keen on the whole women as fruit system, maybe this is an apple thing? What do you think?

So it is sitting in a corner whilst I contemplate what to do with it. I am thinking of finishing it in its current size and giving it to my sister. I think it would probably fit her pretty much as is since she is taller than me and while our measurements are quite similar we are quite different shapes. Mmm will just have to think on it for a bit…..

So after this discovery, I thought I would whip up a quick floral skirt for week 2 of Project Sewn. Yes, I know it was ages ago. I reused my Lekala 5025 pattern that I used for my very much loved denim skirt using this fabric

I thought I would be able to use the border print to good effect. I also knew that pattern matching would be necessary/difficult/impossible. Yes, I did think all of those things:) So I cut it all in a single layer, paying close attention etc, etc. Spent ages making sure the pattern matched across the front pockets. All going swimmingly until I tried to attach the centre front panel to the two side front panels. I just could not make it match even vaguely. And I tried, believe me I tried. And then I realised that the only piece I didn’t cut single was the centre front panel. I cut it on the fold and of course it was a little off. Maybe a lot off.

So it too is in the corner whilst I contemplate what to do with it. I have enough fabric left to recut the centre front panel. Or I also have some nice solid black textured cotton which would work well with this fabric. Which of course would be the much quicker option. And probably what I’ll do, probably in the next day or so.

So after both of these less-than-fabulous sewing experiences I needed a definite win and I needed it fast. So I made H another pair of shorts. I used the same pattern as last time, which is probably about the only pattern I’ll ever use for him since it fits perfectly straight off. You can read about the first (two) pairs I made here.

This pic is overexposed in an attempt to make something visible. This fabric is the most saturated black, which looks fab IRL but doesn’t do photos. The topstitching is dark grey for some subtle styling.

I used the tutorial from Grainline Studios again for the fly and it came together with no problems.

Now I know that a lot is written about sewing for others but I really like sewing for H. He is really easy to fit and fairly easy to please. He is also really grateful and loves, and wears frequently, everything I have made for him. Which lets face it is actually only 3 pairs of shorts and a shirt.

I have some lovely linen stashed to make him another shirt. But I think I’ll hang on to it for when I next need a quick fix.

What do you think about fit and flare? Are they for you? Are they for apples?

Two for him and one for me

I have been busy sewing but as per usual it is always the photos which are the hold up so I have decided to just go with what I have.
So I’ve been making everyday basics for me and H. First up was a pair of shorts for H. I used this pattern from Modern Sewing Patterns. This was one of those spur of the moment decisions – to make the shorts I mean – and so I didn’t have a pattern. Nor did I have the time to wait for one to arrive. Nor was I terribly keen to spend too much on a pattern since I had my doubts about whether I’d ever use it more than once. You see H is blessed in that he can buy just about anything straight off the rack and it fits. All the time. So I really wasn’t sure that it would be worth the effort to make much for him.
Boy was I wrong on that. He absolutely loves his shorts, which is why I have made two pairs in quick succession. This was helped mightily by the fact that they fit straight off the pattern. The only change was to use a 2cm side seam (not 1cm per pattern).
Warning the following photos are overexposed in an attempt to make something visible on black and navy fabric.
So here are both pairs of shorts.
Some details on the navy pair
Check out the fly
I used this excellent tutorial  from Grainline Studio and had no problems at all.
This is my faux flat felled pocket. Next time I will French seam them.
The only change I made to the pattern was to use patch pockets instead of welt, at H’s request. I copied them from a RTW pair.
Again apologies for the photos but these have been washed twice since being finished last week. I only got the black pair off him and into the wash by making the navy pair. They have been worn to the pub, to a friend’s house to watch rugby and to play golf (twice). So obviously they are a success!
In between the two pairs of shorts, I made myself a denim skirt. I used this  pattern from Lekala. You need to look at the technical drawing – it looks very meh in the main image.

 I have to say I was really impressed with the fit. The only change I made was to increase the seam allowance everywhere but the centre back but this was only because I used stretch denim. I’m sure that in non-stretch fabric it would fit straight off the pattern.

Because I used denim I didn’t use flat felled seams as they would have been really bulky so they are zigzagged and then faux flat felled.
And yes, photobombed by the kitten. As you can see the pocket back (for want of a better term) continues up to the waist. This really helps the pockets sit flat and also helps prevent bagging from wear.
I French seamed the bottom of the pocket bags – the sides join the front seams so no need to finish them separately.
I used grosgrain ribbon to finish the waist as I do not like waistbands. They always crunch up and I don’t find them very comfortable.
The back view. I have no idea why there is a crease on the right. Although the fact that I’d worn this several times before taking the photos might have something to do with it.

The vent in the back.

In the interests of full disclosure, the side view. This also kind of shows why I think this fits so well. The pattern actually has a slight curve on the two front seams so that it dips back in slightly below my belly. Which I really like because I don’t like skirts to hang straight down as then they are too wide (due to my belly). Sorry bad description/explanation I know.

Don’t know why I look so unimpressed. I love this skirt.

So if you are looking for a basic skirt pattern (made to your measurements) I can’t recommend this enough. I will be making more of these. The front panel lends itself well to colour blocking or a bright print without going overboard. And think of the fun you could have with piping.

So that’s me with a TNT for shorts/trousers for H and a TNT skirt for me. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Have you tried Lekala patterns? Was it successful?

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