Tuesday, January 1, 2019

3 Seamwork Bos Walk into a Bar...


Beej cautioned me against this post title because he said it might create expectations from the reader for a punch line or joke. I assured him that nobody has any expectations about anything when it comes to my blog, least of all me. Then he made a joke about 3 "bows" not being able to pay their tab because "their funds were all tied up." I know. It's a cringe-inducing dad joke, but nonetheless I was pretty impressed that he wrote a joke on the fly like that. What a cutie.

I've blogged about the Seamwork Bo before, but it was combined with my Paris fabric shopping post and since I've made three more since which makes for a total of five tops with the same pattern, I thought it deserved its own post. 

Before I go any further...Happy New Year! Right now I am exactly where I want to be, curled up on the couch in my sweats and slippers with my laptop, book, sketchbook, and a nice assortment of snacks as I write this post. It's much-need self-care and a temporary reprieve from the feelings of anger and frustration now that Beej is furloughed (without back pay since he's a contractor) due to the government shutdown. I like to keep this space relatively free of politics (We are all united in our love for fabric, right?), but I will just say this: These shutdowns always hurt those most vulnerable. The people who cause these shutdowns should be the ones to go without pay.

Okay, now for an abrupt change in tone...

In my previous Bo post, I mentioned that I think the Bo, while super simple, has a modern quality to it that I've been drawn to for a while, In fact, while thinking about my top five/bottom five, which I plan to post in the next week or so, I came across this inspiration board. Check out the top row. 


I think Bo looks good in modern fabrics, like geometric or ikat, linen, silk, and fabrics with a luxe hand like viscose. 

For my third Bo in an ikat fabric, I delved into my stash and rediscovered this gorgeous loomed (as opposed to printed) ikat from Blackbird Fabrics. I don't remember when I purchased it, but I do know it's made in India and is 45" wide. It's just the teensiest bit stiff for this pattern, but I hope it will soften up over time. 

Here's a pic that shows the full "wingspan."



Some deets:
  • I permanently lengthened the pattern 2" and hem at 1.5". Proportions are critical, and the shorter length helps to balance the wideness of the top. I just like it to go slightly past my stomach.
  • Size 18, which is the bottom of the curvy group. 
  • 7" of ease, so if boxy isn't your thing, it's easy to size down to an ease level that's comfortable for you.
Next up, I have a sequined number for New Year's Eve. I wore it with my "dressy" jeans--i.e., dark wash--and my crazy-high Rachel Comey platforms. I don't have a pic modeling it because I was too busy having fun and living my life. There might be some video out in the world of me practicing my "sprinkler" dance move and jazz hands, but I'm not posting that here.

  • Same size mods as previous version
  • Fabric is from Fabric Outlet and has a slight stretch to it. I suppose I could have sized down but was way too lazy to put another pdf together. 
  • Sequins are tiny and therefore easy to cut. My machine had no issues with this fabric.
  • Since fabric is scratchy and somewhat sheer, I lined with some black silk that I had in my stash, also purchased from Fabric Outlet. 
  • I left off the sleeve cuffs and just cut the bottom of the sleeves and hem. 
  • I was definitely the sparkliest party guest. 
I also like that the Bo is a blank canvas. For my final version, I tried color blocking with scraps. This isn't my most successful, and I won't be wearing it without additional modifications which I'll get to in a bit. But I probably had the most fun working on this and will definitely be trying it again. 





I used some scrap Tencel from Blackbird fabrics, figuring that the similar substrates would play well together. Also, Carolyn of Blackbird has a really lovely color sense, which makes her fabrics look so nice together. Here's where I went wrong:
  • Fabric is really too thick for French seaming all the pieces
  • The overall colors/balance aren't working for me. It reminds me of a hotel uniform I wore back in the '90s. It's got this hotel-cocktail lounge vibe.
  • Next time I will draft a facing instead of making bias tape. With this color blocking, I ended up with thread that doesn't match all the way around. Also, the binding is too puckered. 
I think this will end up in the Goodwill bag and I'll try again later. I did end up having fun sketching out color blocks in my journal. 


Well, that's all I've got. I'll be posting my top five in the next week or so. Thanks for reading, stay creative, and have a very Happy New Year!!! 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Deer and Doe Opium Coat


Well, hello and Merry Everything! I'm in the midst of a glorious four-day weekend to celebrate Christmas and recharge. I have one gift to complete, as well as a couple of quick projects I want to finish before the new year, but, really, I'm just enjoying nesting and being super cozy.

So, per my boring post title, you've undoubtedly surmised that I'm here to talk about my last big project of 2018, the Deer and Doe Opium Coat. I was slightly hesitant because of the swing shape on my petite plus bod, but only slightly; I really try not to let myself be limited in that way, although it can be a challenge. I wanted a coat with a notched collar rather than a shawl, and I also didn't want the headache of setting sleeves. The Opium has easy raglan sleeves and looked like it would appear tailored without being too fitted...if that makes sense. Also, Deer and Doe patterns tend to work for me; the torso isn't too long and there isn't crazy tons of ease to account for.

Gosh, I have so much to say I don't know where to start. Okay, let's start with the fabric, and then I'll move into the fitting. That way if you aren't interested in me blathering on about wool, you can skip down to the fitting notes. 



The Fabric: Multi-Color Herringbone Wool Coating 
The wool is a really beautiful herringbone tweed from La Mercerie.  I jumped on it because I feel confident in the quality of her fabrics and because it was deadstock from a Pacific Northwest retailer. Good thing, too, because it sold out very quickly. It's a very thick, heavy tweed with beautiful, subtle coloring. 

The lining is Bemberg rayon in Mist from Stone Mountain. I love how the light blue picks up all the blue flecks in the wool. Also, using rayon instead of a poly makes the coat feel so much more luxurious and less sweaty and cheap. 

I couldn't wash the wool, so I spent a fair amount of time steaming it and, in doing so,  discovered this certification mark. 


This discovery, of course, led me down a rabbit hole and to this lush video of the outer Hebrides and the Harris Tweed weaving process. The most important thing I learned from the video was how to pronounce "Hebrides." Being American, I naturally started off by saying "Hee-brides," but it's actually, "Heh-brih-dees"—preferably spoken with the trill on the "brih" you would get with a Scottish brogue. 

Now, Harris tweed is a really lovely product, and it's not often that I get such a strong sense of provenance with my fabric. (Usually, I'm just lucky if I know the country of origin.) But with this tweed, there's this whole tradition. They pass all the twists through beeswax to make it more water repellant, and the wool is dyed in colors that reflect the landscape of the Hebrides. You would think that would make cutting into it more intimidating, and, at first, it did. After all, through sewing, I've gained a newfound respect for craft and for the textile processes. But I also reminded myself that they make a LOT of tweed for the retail industry. I could just as easily buy myself a coat made from Harris tweed at Banana Republic or J Crew. Of course, doing so would be less fun, give me nothing to blog about, and my coat would be WAY too long in the arms and probably not fit my boobs. So, anyway, I just went for it. No regrets. Now on to the fitting...


The Fitting
Even before I discovered how special my tweed was, I had planned to make a muslin. But also, I was a little cocky and felt that I had an advantage since I sew a fair amount of Deer and Doe patterns and had made the Nenuphar kimono jacket earlier in the year. This is to say that, while I did make a muslin, I was really just going through the motions so that I could get to the fun part of sewing up my coat. Big mistake.

For starters, I haaate sewing with muslin fabric. It's scratchy and gross. Often, I use old sheets, but I didn't have any this time around. As I was working on my muslin, ironing the seams, the steam brought up a sour odor that I suspected was some kind of animal urine. It had never occurred to me to wash muslin fabric before sewing since it's only for testing the fit, but then I started thinking about how it probably comes into contact with all kinds of critters during the manufacturing and distribution process. So, once I had that in my head, I rushed even more and really couldn't wait to get it out of the house. I had applied my usual DnD mods in the muslin but ended up having to take a lot more off the length. I'm not a true petite. I have a slightly shorter torso and neck, but my shortness is mainly based on the length of my legs and arms. 

Here are my mods and construction notes, followed by some super awkward toilet selfies: (Must up my blog-picture game for 2019)
  • Size 50, probably could have sized down a bit more to avoid football shoulders, but outerwear can be a tough call. I wanted to be able to wear it comfortably with layers.
  • Before muslin: started with my most common mods: shortened 1" at "shorten here" line and another 5/8" about an inch above where the pockets start. Shortened sleeves 1.5" at the line. 
  • When I tried on the muslin, I had to take into account that the bottom and sleeve hems would be taken up an additional 2" once the lining was bagged. That can be hard to visualize with the placket; I convinced myself it looked okay...The sleeves are quite tapered for a coat. 
  • Construction of the shell was very simple and straightforward, as was the lining. The lining was not fun to cut or sew, but it feels great and was totally worth it. I followed DnD advice and chose not to sew my pocket bag in Bemberg, and, instead, used an easier to handle fabric—some leftover tencil. 
  • Speaking of the pockets, the origami welt design is not terribly difficult, although I did forget to alternate the overlapping welts. Everything gets lost in the herringbone, anyway, so it's hardly noticeable. If I had a time machine, I would have just gone for rectangles. Ah, well.
  • Once I sewed up the coat and before I bagged the lining, I realized that the thickness of the wool and shortness of my limbs made the coat way too bulky, overwhelming, and unflattering. I felt like a big, lumbering bear when I wore it. I was just about to leave for a work trip to Pennsylvania, where I knew it would be very cold, so I was tempted to press on. I'm so very glad I didn't. I ended up freezing my butt off in my anorak in PA and finished the coat upon my return. 
  • Final, post-muslin mod: Took a whopping 4" off the bottom hem. (I'm starting to suspect that I'm shrinking.) This has slightly changed the shape of the Opium, but it suits me better than before, so I guess that's all that matters. 


I haven't sewn on the snaps yet. 
And here's a super awkward shot of the obligatory lining flash. Wearing my beloved bamboo striped Mandy boatneck underneath.


Final verdict. It's warm and comfy, and, honestly, I'm just happy it's done. The short distance between the bottom of the pocket and the hem does change the silhouette slightly, but it's better than being too long for me. It's a good lesson to pay attention more during the fitting process in the future. This wool is probably warmer than I need in California, but I hope to still get a lot of wear over the next few years. Also, I do occasionally visit colder lands.

So that's all I've got for now. Have an absolutely smashing holiday! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year,  Peace and Love! A very big cheers to all and many thanks for reading my humble blog.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Seamwork Tacara


Hey There! Hope you're enjoying the holiday season so far. For me, it doesn't feel completely mad and exhausting like last year, but it's still early days...

So the last time I posted I was earnestly planning my sewing for the next couple of months. While I've already gotten distracted here and there, I'm happy to say that I completed one project in the queue (this here Seamwork Tacara)  and am almost finished another (the DnD Opium Coat). Hopefully, I can finish the coat this weekend. I can tell you right now, I have LOTS to say about it. Let's just hope I can remember it all when it comes time to post.

On to the dress! This is the Seamwork Tacara, which is a cocoon shape, loose, knit dress--basically a giant tee shirt with pockets.  I started it the night before and finished it up on Thanksgiving morning, before heading over to my inlaws. It's actually the perfect dress for Thanksgiving with all that room for stuffing and pie. My favorite parts are the fitted 3/4 length sleeves (having one part of the garment fitted kind of holds the whole look together), the cocoon shape, and the binding on the neckline which is turned under (I think it makes it less sporty and more elegant). I've already worn it four times in less than three weeks, which is always a good sign.

Fabric is a viscose jersey from La Mercerie and it's still on sale! I haven't had the best of luck with printed knits, but this one is holding its color well and is super soft and feels luxe.

Hey look, no toilet selfies this time!


I knew I would have to hack a lot of the length off to keep from looking like some kind of harlequin circus tent. It's still oversized, that's part of the design, but I like the length here.

Here are my short-person mods and other notes:

  • Shortened front and back at "shorten here" line 4.5 inches.
  • Shortened another inch in the bodice section--just below the underarm.
  • Shortened arms 1.25 inches.
  • Used my serger for most of it, but ended up sewing a zigzag on my machine for the side pockets. 
  • Used fusible bias on the shoulders. (Very proud of myself for remembering this time.)
  • Bit of a drama when I cut the sleeve pieces because the pattern piece and the cutting layout indicated that I should cut two; however, once I started constructing I could plainly see that this was a mistake. Fortunately, I had enough fabric to cut the other two pieces. 
One more pic. We went to brunch at the Cliff House, and I'm delighted that Beej got the Camera Obscura in the background. 



That's all I've got. Hope to share my coat soon. Have a great week and thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fall/Winter Sewing Queue



Hello! Hope you're well on this beautiful November Day. It's Sunday morning, and I'm drinking tea and blogging from bed. Basically, my perfect Sunday morning! I have so many projects, and partially completed projects that I don't want to become UFOs, swirling around in my head, so I thought it would be helpful to take a few minutes to order all those plans. 

Obviously, I'm a bit tardy laying out my fall sewing plans, but the garments I plan to make--with the exception of the coat--are mostly simple and quick projects that will carry me though to March 2019 and beyond. I really like where my wardrobe is at right now and even stopped to admire my color palette when I was doing laundry yesterday. It's mostly black and white with some dark blue, terracotta, and some neutrals. It feels like me, which is something I've been striving for ever since I started sewing. I also don't like to put a big emphasis on output. If anything, I try to find ways to slow down my sewing with underwear making and other scrapbusters. But the list below includes things I think I will want to wear in the next few months, and it's helpful to plan things out a bit.


1.) Deer and Doe Opium Coat
For the past few years, I've loved wearing my CCP Clare Coat, but since it was my first coat and I'd used cheap wool, it's starting to look a bit tatty.  I've had good luck with Deer and Doe in the past, so the plan is to make a muslin this weekend with my usual DnD mods to check fit before cutting into this gorgeous wool.

  • Fabric: Herringbone Tweed from LaMercerie, 100% wool, deadstock. Lining: Bemberg Rayon in mist blue from Stonemountain, medium weight interfacing also purchased at Stonemountain.
  • Progress: PDF taped. Fabric Purchased. Gripe so far: The lining is nested in the coat, which means I have to trace it before cutting out the main pieces, which I find super annoying. Admittedly, if the lining were separate that would mean more pieces to tape and more paper waste; however, there are two kinds of people in the world: Tapers and Tracers. And I'm a taper. It kind of threw a wrench into my momentum as I now have to dig out my tracing paper.

2.) Seamwork Tacara Dress
When I first saw this on the reed-thin model, I didn't think it was for me, but I reconsidered when I saw how good it looked on some curvy ladies on Instagram. I can see something like this being nice for upcoming holiday events and comfy over leggings and tights.

  • Fabric: Diamond Viscose Jersey from La Mercerie, which is on sale and still available!
  • Progress: Pattern taped and cut out. I still have to make some short-person mods. Fabric pre-washed. 

3.) Cashmerette Montrose Top, View A
I purchased this the day it released because, duh, it's a basic with FBA included. I think it will be so wonderfully hackable once I get the fit perfected. Then I got distracted by the Seamwork Bo. I love my ikat Bo tops. They are in weekly rotation because I feel great wearing them, but as the weather cools I'm going to need a shell that works better underneath cardigans. I think the Montrose will fit the bill perfectly.

  • Fabric: Atelier Brunette Blue Moonstone
  • Progress: Pattern ready, fabric prewashed. I will probably cut this out on a weeknight when I'm feeling the need for a quick make. It looks pretty easy and straightforward.


4.) Deer and Doe Plantain Tee
It doesn't get more basic (and boring) than a gray tee shirt. Right now, it's hard to muster the enthusiasm, but this is actually a UFO I started before I went on vacation. I'm basically just waiting until I have grey thread on my serger.

  • Fabric: Gray Bamboo Jersey Knit from Blackbird Fabrics - I don't see the light gray on their website, but there is some in charcoal
  • Progress: Fabric already cut out and ready to sew up. I preferred the swing shape of the old Plantain (before the reboot), so I slashed and spread just a bit. Love the scoop neckline. 


5.) Wendy Ward Durwent Wide Leg Trousers (from her Sewing with Knits book)
This one is a bit of a wild card. I can see these pants being fantastically unflattering on my round-bellied bod, but I also picture ultra-comfy lounge pants that I can still wear outside without looking like a total slob. I didn't buy the book because I've purchased so many beginner sewing books over the years. They usually hit a lot of the same points--use a ball point needle; you don't need a serger, etc. Instead, I checked out the book from the library, after waiting on the hold list for months. When I finally got my hands on the book, I was pleasantly surprised that all the patterns were intact and I was able to trace off the pants and copy the instructions. (Cutting out patterns from library books is like school on Sundays--no class.)

  • Fabric: Moondust Double Knit with Pink Speckle from Blackbird
  • Progress: Pattern traced and cut out. Fabric prewashed. Need to add length to the legs.

My last couple of versions of the Tabor V-neck were a bit of a cop out--mainly because I was trying to save a botched project. I still want to learn how to make that lovely lapped view with the wide neckband properly. 
  • Fabric: Merino Knit Jersey in Marsala from the Fabric Store 
  • Progress: Pattern cut and fabric prewashed. This fabric was not cheap, so I'll have to go slowly and carefully. 
So there you are. I think after laying it all out, I'm ready to tackle my list and get to sewing. Anything on your sewing table these days?

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week! Also, don't forget to vote Tuesday! 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Upcycling and Stashbusting


Hi there! Hope you're having a great weekend. It's a long weekend for me with Columbus Day on Monday, so I thought I'd take advantage of the extra time to write a post about my two most recent projects: a pouch for my laptop and the Seamwork Madrid tote bag.

It started, really, with a need for a laptop case—a simple sleeve with a bit of cushion so it doesn't get too banged up in my purse—and a desire to use the pretty ikat scraps from my recently sewn up Seamwork Bo tops.  I had this coat that hasn't fit me in years, but I couldn't bear to give it to Goodwill because it was a memento from a trip to  Hong Kong many years ago. For once I remembered to take a picture of the original garment. Yay!



In case you can't tell by the pictures, the coat is tweed with a quilted lining. I decided to take advantage of the cushion and cut the pieces as one layer. Yes, I mostly cut the pieces since there was plenty of fabric and it would have been way too much unpicking. The first pic is overexposed and the laptop pics are a bit too dark. In real life, it's the color of oatmeal, with great texture and subtle flecks of pink. I'm so glad I held on to it because it turned out to be great for upcycling.



I used a pattern for a lined zipper pouch at Klumhouse, and just adjusted the measurements for my laptop. If you sign up for their newsletter, you get the pattern (just measurements) and really excellent instructions for free. They also have epic bag patterns and kits—way more ambitious than I was in the mood for, though.


Ta dah! I save my old purses for the bits and pieces, which is where the leather zipper tassel came from. The inside is lined with a large scrap of black ikat.

As I was taking it apart, I realized that there was a lot of fabric. (I only used the sleeves for the pouch.) So I decided to make a bag for myself since I haaattte the bag I'm currently carrying around. It's too big, so I end up carrying around way too much shit,  and I don't like the short drop length. I looked at Klumhouse and Noodlehead but ended up with something simple—the Seamwork Madrid tote.


The Madrid is a super simple mid-sized tote with a lining. It doesn't include handles, but I planned to use some old purse straps anyway. However, I knew I would need some outer pockets to access my phone, reading glasses, and transit card. Fortunately, with such a simple pattern, it was easy to customize. the green fabric is from a UFO—a Deer and Doe Pavot coat that I kept tweaking before I finally realized that I hate Peter Pan collars and should've just started with a different pattern. Speaking of Deer and Doe patterns, have you seen the Opium coat? Love! Already purchased and printed. Just keeping an eye out for some nice wool. 



My biggest worry with the Madrid is that it would look kind of cheap. I'm not crazy about the tab with the magnetic snap, but I didn't have the right size zipper and was feeling impatient. I also wish I had interfaced the green fabric. I took advantage of the already interfaced placket of my UFO for the D-ring loops and the tab, but I think it would wear better if the whole thing were interfaced. The fabric is an organic cotton twill in a khaki green. Glad it's not gone to waste.


I also added a small pocket for my keys to the backside. Sewed it on crookedly, much to my chagrin. Fortunately, that side won't be outward facing.

I think my new bag will work as a transition bag until I find a new leather bag. Or maybe I'll become a cloth bag convert. Or maybe I'll try a more complicated pattern next time. At any rate, these refashion projects are always fun, and I love the chance to do some scrapbusting.

Time to sign off. Thanks for reading and have a lovely week!




Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fabric Shopping in Paris and the Seamwork Bo


Hello! Hope you're having a fab weekend. Now that vacation's over it's back to life, back to reality, back to sewing. I still keep thinking about our wonderful trip and am trying to maintain some of that relaxed European vibe, though. Easier said than done, but hey we've all gotta figure out ways to unwind. 

I knew I wanted to do a little fabric shopping in Paris and referred to Christine Haynes's article in Seamwork. It was good to get a bit of info about the coupons because, much to my embarrassment and shame, I don't speak any French and am too shy to even try. All I could say was "Bonjour" and "Merci," so I said those words a lot. 

First stop was Anna Ka Bazaar, which is a very pretty shop and not the one pictured below. (I took that picture surreptitiously in Montmartre a few days later because the mini-mannequins were sort of interesting to me.) I was only planning to visit Anna Ka Bazaar and not do any other fabric shopping, so I splashed out and bought the 2 meters each of the black and white ikats and 1.5 meters each of the Atelier Brunette fabrics. I guess I spent a lot of money because they gave me the Atelier Brunette tote, which totally made my day. It has the perfect drop length. 


Here's a close-up of the fabric I bought. 



A few days later we were in Montmartre to see Sacre Coeur. I knew that there was a garment district with fabrics shops in the area, but I didn't know they would be right down the hill from the basilica. It was such an awesome surprise to happen upon all the shops I'd read about! I was too shy and not wanting to look like a gaping tourist, so, regretfully, I didn't take any pictures of the shops. Beej took this picture, which includes Dreyfuss on the left. There were tons of shops, some specifically for men's clothing, lots of wools, and some mystery fabrics. I could have spent hours there but since I'd purchased four pieces at Anna Ka Bazaar, I didn't want to buy too much. I ended up buying three meters of a brown linen that's going to become a shirt for Beej at some point. 



Not one to let fabric languish in my stash, I've already sewn up two Seamwork Bo tops with the ikats. Seamwork rolled out the Bo while we were on vacation, and it's just the kind of top I wanted to make all summer to wear with cropped pants. So I was all over it when I got back home to my sewing machine. The pattern could not be more simple--just a couple of rectangles with cuffs--but I think there's something kind of modern about it and I like the proportions. Is it flattering? (Such a loaded term, isn't it?) Probably not. There's probably some "What Not to Wear Rule" about how short, busty ladies shouldn't have extra fabric bunched around their widest parts, but I've never been a big rule follower. I like to go by how a garment makes me feel when I wear it, and this makes me feel great. 



Just a few notes in case I make this again:
  • Size 18 (I chose the curvy file, which starts at 18.) If you're concerned about it being too oversized, you could easily size down since there are 7+ inches of ease. The fit around the neck and shoulders feels pretty good, though, which isn't always the case for my body and seamwork patterns. 
  • I chose to use bias tape to hem the white version because I didn't want to lose any length.

  • For the black version, I added 1.5" to the bottom. Then, I hemmed 1/4" fold, followed by 1"
  • I think these will be great for those warm, Indian summer days we get around this time of year. They're too oversized to look good underneath cardigans, I think, so I will probably have to pack them away during the rainy season.


Back to reality, back to toilet selfies...



So that turned into an epic post. Thanks for reading if you made it this far and have an awesome week. 









Friday, August 31, 2018

Emersons Abroad


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.



That weird lump on my right leg is just my reading glasses and phone in my pocket. They're roomy and comfy and perfect for traveling. Incidentally, this is an entirely handmade outfit: Emersons, Deer and Doe Plantain tee, and Blackwood cardigan.

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!