Hello from Reims, France! Beej and I arrived in London last Sunday and just arrived in Reims yesterday. We haven't had the best weather, but I'm in France eating cheese and drinking champagne and not working so no complaints here! Today we took a zillion photos of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims and are now comfortably settled in our room with all kinds of yummy things to eat and drink.
Also, I'm able to blog abroad because Beej gave me a laptop for our tenth wedding anniversary last week! Year ten is aluminum or tin, and I really can't think of anything else aluminum that I'd like. Awesome gift!
I thought a lot about my travel wardrobe--and like many sewists spent several evenings before vacation at my sewing machine, trying to whip up a handmade holiday wardrobe. I succeeded in making three tee-shirts and the True Bias Emerson Pants I'm blogging today, as well as the linen Nenuphar kimono jacket I recently posted. Not too shabby, come to think of it.
Advance Warning: My pictures don't really show the pants very well. They're black and I forgot to do the half tuck because I would never do a half tuck in real life. Also, I climbed up on a gate and am suspending forward, so the pants look a little longer than they actually are. Having said that, I did cut them to be a longer cropped trouser, closer to the length of the cropped Landers than the Emersons. In real life, they hit about 3 inches above my ankle. I would probably wear with clogs or cork wedges at home, but...you know, cobblestones.
In total, I've made five pairs of Emersons now. It's a super easy pattern as there's no fly front. Perfect for over-ambitious sewists to make at the last minute since they sew up very quickly and require minimal fitting. I like the elastic back and the flat front waistband. I guess they're technically considered "pull-on pants," although I hate that term because it reminds me of diapers. I sewed up the largest size and didn't shorten because I didn't want them to be cropped just below the knees. In the past, I've sewed them up as work pants in tencel, but the fabric I used this time really suits the pattern, I think, and provides a bit more structure. I also used a heavier interfacing for the front waistband panel, which I recommend. Now I want to say a bit more about the fabric because I think it's kind of special.
I know...black fabric is impossible to photograph. But with the exposure bumped up, hopefully you can see the texture in the pic above. This is a linen/cotton blend from Britex. (Sorry, couldn't find it on the website.) I think it was around 39.99 per yard, paid for with the last of my seemingly endless Britex gift certificates, which are now finally used up. As you can see, it's crinkled like a gauze but a bit thicker and heavier. The really interesting thing about this fabric is that it's not actually crinkled but, in fact, shirred. The back of the fabric has parallel lines of black thread that slightly gather the fabric. I've never seen anything like it. If I manage to get a decent shot of the back of this fabric, I'll be sure to add to this blog post.
So I think that's everything I can think to say about my travel trousers. I'm rotating these with two pairs of jeans, but we'll still need to do laundry when we get to Paris on Sunday. Mostly because I need more clean tops.
I hope to blog more about vacation clothes making when I return home. Until then, have a wonderful week wherever you are. Au revoir!