Rushing toward the finish line!
Steggie has the arms inserted and the side seams sewn. Onto grafting the tops of the arms and picking up to finish the hood. Let's not even talk about sewing the zipper in!
Some thirty hours to go...
Sleeve progress is coming along, very slowly. Working two color intarsia on the ends have been proving to be fiddly.
Luckily the back and two fronts are done! The zipper(s) were ordered this morning. Here's to hoping they make it to me before I leave for Stitches West!
On a side note, this post is also a test of the typepad app for the iPhone. Yep, got an iPhone as part of my birthday present. I hope it publishes alright.
Found a cute vintage embroidered pillowcase during a thrifty adventure. Inspiration hit immediately - it wanted to be a handbag. And it wanted to be a handbag gifted to a dearest friend for Christmas.
Carefully took apart the pillowcase and added some new fabrics.
Opted for duck-cloth stability instead of rigid interfacing. This allows for the option of carrying it everyday in a purse and always having a shopping bag on hand.
My favorite detail. The handle buttons - making the handle adjustable. One end is attached to the bag, the other has a series of buttons that are slipped into the buttonhole on the other side of the bag. Pretty clever, huh?
**pictures courtesy of Erika. The pictures I took of the bag were part of a batch that were not backed up before my hard drive crashed. Thanks E for sending taking these!**
Always been on a mission to create pants that fit properly. Definitely getting close to that goal with these.
Granted, they do have an elastic waistband, but one that doesn't really look like it unless they are on the hanger.
My favorite detail is the slits that pop out from the bottom of the princess seams. It's the little details that count.
For those who are interested:
Pattern Description -
These classic-cut trousers/pants will fit you so well and yet they'll
be quick and easy to make as they don't need a zip (because they have
an elastic waist)! Small darts add shape to the waist. Ankle slits
allow for leggy glimpses.
Pattern Sizing - 44-52. I cut a 44.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I barely looked at them. I used Sandra Betzina's "Power Sewing" as a guide.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the slit openings at the ankles, this is such a fun detail. More unique is that the slits come from princess seams. Yes, princess seams on elastic band pants!
Fabric Used: A stretch twill blend. Purchased at Levine's Loft in Los Angeles. 2.5 yards.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Using Power Sewing, altered the back leg pieces to be shorter at the inseam to take advantage of shaping. Also used Betzina's twill tape technique to reinforce and stabilize curved seat seam. Ended up having to take in an additional 1/2" on each side seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Perhaps. I want to see how the design wears a couple of times before making that commitment.