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Close enough

Project: Denim Jacket
Pattern: Kwik Sew 2895
Size: Small
Fabric: Denim from Hancock Fabrics

Front buttoned

It came out just as I envisioned.  I wish I had put some of those waist tabs on the back/side of the waistband, but the opportunity had passed by the time I realized that I wanted them.  The length is just right and the welt pockets turned out fine.  I tacked the pocket bags to a seam inside to avoid having them show when I put my hands in.

From the side you can see that I used the back side of the fabric on the undersleeve. I wanted a bit more of the bright blue to show from the back.

Finished! Well almost.

The  buttons are not on the sleeves. Somehow I miscalculated the number required and I had to order 8 more. I decided to install them after my order comes, in case something goes wrong. I’d rather have two that don’t match than only one…

I’ll let Brunhilde wear it until the buttons come–which I ordered off Etsy, BTW. The only ones available locally were shiny silver. These are silver with some brass showing.

I *heart* them.

Meanwhile, I’m moving on.  My SIL and I are doing recycled/upcycled/used/handmade this Christmas, so I’ve got work to do!  I’m hoping to make a few knit tops and such for myself in-between those projects.  I’ll be in and out here on the blog.

We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving this week and family is coming in.  Gobble,gobble!!



…there were Yoga Pants.  I mentioned back in October that I had made 3 new garments.  Two were jeans.  What I didn’t say was that I had made a pair of stretch denim yoga pants from Silhouette Patterns #3400 Three-Piece Yoga Pant.

Stretch Denim Yoga Pants

Project: Yoga pants
Pattern: Silhouette Patterns,  #3400 Three-Piece Yoga Pant
Size:  4
Fabric: Stretch denim from Hancock Fabrics

Though the first pair is blue denim, I did not include any jeans details besides hemming  with contrasting thread.  I’ve worn them several times and like them very much.

They were super easy to make, but before I could make more I got interested in that denim jacket I’ve been showing you.  Unfortunately Sunday evening I ran out of jacket thread.  First I ran out of matching bobbin thread, but I put in a black bobbin and continued.  I managed to get the sleeves in before the top spool got so low that I had to stop on the jacket.

I didn’t stop sewing–I had yoga pants on my mind.

Besides sewing, I’ve been taking a Zumba class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  I’m a klutz, totally, but I went out and bought myself some new neon pink and black Zumba shoes to make sure that my shoes weren’t part of the problem.  (Fake it ’til you make it, right?)

Naturally my new neon shoes needed some stretchy pants!  So while I waited for a chance to get thread for my jacket, I made two more yoga pants.

Three pairs of Yoga Pants

The left is the original stretch denim version, then a houndstooth black ponte from Fabric dot com, and a heather gray ponte roma from JoAnn’s.  The gray has some slight sparkle, and the underside is top-worthy.  They all fit about the same though there are subtle alterations between each one. (I modeled all three, but the houndstooth ponte threw my camera into a hissy fit, and the gray didn’t behave much better.)

On the denim pair, I used the specified 2-inch elastic and I like it best.  The other two have 1-inch elastic sewn inside the waistband with a 4-step zig-zag.  it works, but is not as comfortable.  I’ll use something else next time.

I chose my size based on the information in Peggy Sagers’ Yoga Pants Webcast.  She gives a lot of good information in those webcasts, and I’m trying to watch them all.  (I’m also becoming heavily invested in Silhouette Patterns, incidentally.)  I have some ideas for making more as time permits but now it’s time to get ready for my Zumba class.


Now that I’m fully outfitted, I’ll have to stop blaming my spastic Zumba performance on the lack of shoes or stretchy pants.


I’m not totally hopeless, the woman behind me in class said I had the marching down pat.   :-D

Project #50: The very exciting brown shirt

Project: Classic shirt
Pattern: Ottobre Woman 5/2010 #5
Size: 38 with minor alterations
Fabric: Cocoa French Twill from SellFabric.com

When I tell my Mom what I am sewing, she always asks “What color is it?”  When I say “Brown” she always replies (in a very disgusted way) “BROWN?!?”

Hee hee…

Yes, it’s boring.

But you need boring to make the more exciting stuff pop.  So here it is, another Ottobre Woman Bethie blouse.

Twill shirt front

and the back.  I added an additional 1/4″ rounded back alteration, plus changing the button placket to be wider.  I forgot to lengthen the collar stand, so I’ve got a bit of easing going on at the back neck.

Eh.  Nobody will notice.

It’s brown.

Twill shirt back

I am rather pleased with the sleeve plackets, which I was almost able to do from memory this time.

Twill shirt sleeve placket

This the two-piece placket that I got out of a Burda pattern–kinda like this tutorial.  One day I want to make a set of sleeves using two different fabrics like in the tute.

I’ve just finished sewing on the buttons while relaxing off some Thanksgiving leftovers. Funny how I used to want to sew buttons on by machine to get it done as quickly as possible.  Ever since I learned to do a thread shank, I really enjoy sewing them on by hand–

Even when there are 10 of them.

There’s no project in the table for the weekend yet.  I’ve just ordered some new fabrics and interfacing.  Pam at Fashion Sewing Supply sent me an email advertising a sale until Monday, and you can bet I hurried on over there and got some of that!  Plus, I’ve got a vest challenge to work on for the December meeting of my ASG group, so I had to order some fabric for that.

It’s fur.

I’ll see what Mom has to say about that.

I’ll tell her it’s brown. ;-)

Project #49: Retro pants

Project: 1940s Retro Pants
Pattern: Simplicity 3688
Size: 14 altered
Fabric: Navy cotton

These pants have been such fun from beginning to end!

I bought the fabric a Saturday or two ago when my sewing group went on a fabric-fondling mission along I-20.  This particular piece came from a place called OHCO, which has mostly home-dec stuff.  I believe it is a light upholstery cotton twill, but it said pants to me.

At first I thought it might be too heavy for this pattern because of the wide legs.  (The pattern envelope says that these legs are 24 inches.)  I was afraid my scrawny ankles would be like bell clappers in such an expanse.   :rolleyes:

But no.  They don’t look odd at all.  I think it’s because the pant legs aren’t flared at the bottom, they’re big all the way up and down.

Mom, upon learning that I was making pants from the 40s, had some stories to tell about that.  I had thought that pants would be considered simply utilitarian at that time and only for work–mucking out the horse stalls, feeding chickens and such.

Apparently not.  She implied that they were a bit daring.


I don’t think that there is a wearable that anyone would consider daring these days.  I mean, think about it, when I have to constantly avert my eyes from some sort of offensive cleavage, well, what’s left??

Anyway, she told me a cute story about a school outing that she went on where the girls were allowed to wear pants.  She, of course, didn’t own any but she had 5 brothers.  Her mom got a pair from her next oldest brother and allowed her to wear them on the trip.  She said her brother was furious!

I don’t know how these stack up against Uncle Tal’s pants, but Mom might like them. IMO, they are fantastic–comfy, cute.  I love them, even with the side zipper.  And I’ve never loved a side zipper before.


The length is long–about 1/4″ above the floor with my highest shoes. (I found that length in an on-line article that I would like to link you to, but I can’t find it now.)  I expect the cotton to shrink more, though it’s been laundered twice already.  Shrinkage will allow me to wear other shoes later.

I wore them first with my new red Ottobre blouse and an old PatternMaster fleece vest.  I should have a few other things to wear with them before long.


Next time I want pants, I have two more fabrics that I bought the same day.   One of the new fabrics was not wide enough for these big pant legs.  So, first I’ll change the pattern for narrower legs.  After that, I want to add a back yoke and some front pockets to make more of a vintage jeans look with the third piece.  It’ll be a week or three before I can get to that, though.

I think there are some holidays coming up. 8-|


Project #48: NSS Gym pants

Project: Ponte Gym Pants
Pattern: Frankenpattern
Size: 12 altered
Fabric: Grey Polyester Ponte

Friday found me in dire need of some stretchy knit pants to wear to physical therapy. Having learned the previous Friday that the pain in my hip was due to not only bursitis but also a tear in my glute, I had had an entire week to make some.

You know me.  If it only takes an hour, I’ll wait until an hour and a half before it is needed–just-in-time processing.  I learned that in college…

I hadn’t been totally idle.  I had purchased some of the noxious polyester Ponte from JoAnn’s the previous Saturday in preparation.  It had been prewashed and lay folded on the table floor while I sewed other fun.

My thought was to construct the pants from McCall’s 6249, which I had already used for pajamas and for gym shorts.  I wanted loose, straight-legged pants, rather than the more form-fitting yoga pants I had made last year.

Long about Wednesday I decided that I would like to sew with a No Side Seam (NSS) pattern.

So I made one.

NSS pattern

To make the pattern, I put both pieces of the pajama pants pattern on the table–overlapped at the hip seamline and with the hems level–and traced around it.  Then I measured across the hip to be sure it would fit. I already knew the crotch and length would work fine.  (There are instructions for this kind of thing at Leena’s, if you’re interested–scroll down on the page:  http://www.leenas.com/English/draw_women_pant_styles.html)

The finished pants turned out great and reminded me of some Zumba pants that I had seen on a lady at Curves earlier in the year.  Those had a knit waistband–like on my last year’s yoga pants, and some cargo pockets on the legs.  The fabric was no better than this Ponte, and those details could be easily added.

NSS Pants side NSS Pants Front

Since I had only allowed myself an hour and a half to sew, I didn’t add any details… the therapist didn’t care one way or another.