Charcoal Thurlows

The summer of trousers is continuing for me. These trousers were finished on the very muggy eve of our recent 45 degree day. I’m not sure what possesses me to sew pants in hot weather.

Again I am happy with the fit of these trousers. I have made a few more modifications and will make a few more for the next.  Modications this time include
– trimming the inner and outer back leg at the top, which has minimised and straightened the back leg wrinkles.
– pinned the fly facing to the pant piece before cutting and cut both front pieces the same. After doing this I was able to use Sandra Betzina’s video for the fly zipper insertion. Seriously, you can’t go wrong using this video for a professional flat fly front zipper.
– incorporated the belt carriers into the waistband, rather than just top stitch them on after the waist band is sewn on. I think this looks much nicer.
 – reinforced the pockets to prevent sagging. I did this with my last pair too. I just sewed thin grosgrain ribbon to the seam before turning under.
 – reinforced the crotch seam, just for further protection from a wardrobe malfunction. No split pants at school thanks!
 – I don’t know if this is right, but I hate sewing trousers and having the waist band sag even though it’s interfaced. If my fabric has any stretch, mechanical or otherwise, I cut the waistband on the grain with less stretch, which is usually up and down.
 – Used  Melanie’s
for single welt pockets, but mine are not functional. They are a little slimmer this time and nicer again.

I don’t normally ever wear clothes like this. I’m just trying to show off the fit and welts 🙂

For my next pair I’m going to work on the curve of the waistband. While the waistband fits, it does peak a little at the back, as my waist does not allow the final back curve seam to meet where it is drafted. I’m also planning for my next pair to have true slash pockets and to be made of the denim I purchased at our last Sydney Sewing Social.

Speaking of the Sydney Sewing Social, are you coming to our February meet up?? Kristy reminded me this week that I think we are supposed to wear something made with the fabric that we purchased on that day. Yikes! Despite my sewing frenzy these holidays, I’ve only managed to sew two pieces (one is to be blogged tomorow). I’ve been stalled a little with lining fabric for my lace and that silk linen fabric just isn’t softer after washing twice. I also don’t think the viscose jersey will be touched until winter.. Best not to think too much about it! Let me know if you can come.

Pattern: Sewaholic Thurlow trousers – used before = FREE
Fabric: 1.1m charcoal, wool blend fabric from The Fabric Store on sale= $17??
Zipper: $1.29
Thread: From stash = free
Buttons and slide: $3 yet to be sewn on as I need to get these
Total: $22.29

Vogue 1300

This dress, was an impulse make. I spied this cute version online and fell in love with the pattern.

It’s clearly not my usual style. I actually asked a friend who was heading to Spotty to purchase this pattern for me. When she saw the envelope she baulked. Not liking the pattern photo and doubting my style choice, she opted not to get it for me! The nerve! Thankfully after driving my husband to the Big Day Out I passed a Spotlight, snapped up the pattern on sale and the rest is history. Take that judgy friend!! Yes, it’s a sack, but I think it’s a stylish sack!

Despite the sack shape, I like the dress and I think I can work it.  I did slightly take in the sides at the waist and removed the slight tulip shape to the bottom, but didn’t change the pattern too much. The flounce grew a little during the make as I did no stay stitching, so I simply shortened it once the dress was finished.

Rather than bother with mini hems, I just used a roll hem stitch on my over locker. After adding length to the dress when cutting, I opted to keep it short, as drafted, as I think it helps tone down the flounce. I don’t normally make flouncy dresses, so I do feel a little self conscious in this style.

The fabric is a silk/nylon or something from The Remnant Warehouse. I’ve never heard of a silk nylon blend but it’s nice enough.  It’s almost black with a slight purple tinge and has a twill-like weave. It was quite stable to work with, but I suspect I cut the back slightly off grain as the hem has dropped. Subtly and stylishly though, so I don’t think I’ll fix it. 🙂

Pattern: Vogue 1300 from Spotlight on sale $13.25
Fabric: Approx 2m silk nylon from The Remnant Warehouse $14 (the receipt price is $24.87, but I have a little under two meters left so my price here is only for part of the piece)
Thread from stash
Button: 25c??
Total: $28.50

Sydney Sewist’s Social

Are you ready for the next Sydney Sewist’s Social? Well, get your fancy pants ready cus it’s happening!

When:  Saturday, February 9th
Where: Tessuti Surry Hills and possibly moving up to The Fabric Store.
Time:   1pm

Leith and Rachel are coming up to Sydney, so we’ll have a couple of Southerners to join in the fun. I believe they are also planning on heading to The Remnant Warehouse for some fabric fondling, so if you are interested I’m sure we can add this location to the festivities before Tessuti.

Naturally everyone is invited – bloggers, non-bloggers, serious sewers, starting
sewers, any sewers or sewists – whichever you prefer to be called.
I’m excited! Are you? Let me know if you can come.