I’m very happy to be participating today in Sew-a-bration a series being hosted by Call Ajaire and the Shaffer Sisters. It helps us women focus on doing some self care sewing for ourselves! I’ve only recently started sewing more for myself, it is quite an adjustment for me from children’s sewing.
I’ve primarily been sewing with knits, they’re more forgiving and don’t require a muslin most of the time. I’ve been trying to build into the world of wovens, and bottoms. So I broke out of my knit dress bubble and decided I would make myself a pair of pants. And pair it with a knit top I’ve made once before, because halfway through the pant project I needed a win.
It was crazy windy on picture day. This is the Ottobre Autumn Mood shirt from the Winter 2013 issue. I’ve sewn it once before and worn that version a ton. I picked up this fabric in a big Girl Charlee knit purchase not that long ago. It’s a white mira slub cotton jersey. It’s very soft and light. It’s also just a little see through and very stretchy. This top fits a little larger than the first because of the stretch percentage, but I can still see it being worn frequently. Actually if you are looking for a knit for summer pajamas this stuff would be awesome.
Pants and myself have notoriously not been friends. I decided this would be a good push to try and break through some blocks. I was going to sew these pants out of red linen. I bought the fabric and prewashed. It shrank like CRAZY. I trudged back to the store to buy another yard. I got home and discovered cut one was kind of cranberry and cut two was fire engine. I considered sewing a knit dress. Back to the store, back home again. While these were both cut from the same cranberry red linen they were clearly different dye lots. I seriously considered sewing a knit dress. I tried to pretend I didn’t care. I pushed forward. I managed to sew two left legs while being too distracted by the color difference to say- pay attention to keeping the right sides and wrong sides separate. I was totally going to sew a knit dress.
Honestly if it wasn’t for this series I would have probably walked away. But I felt committed to challenge myself to get over this pant block of mine. I had this gray mystery fabric in my stash, it was a really large piece so I was able to cut the front and back pieces together eliminating the outside seam of the pant- and any chance I was going to end up with two of the same leg again.
The pant pattern is Jocole’s Wideleg pant. Don’t let me fool you it’s an easy pattern. As a benefit it has a yoga style waistband, which is hiding under my belt. This helps solve my hourglass shape issues. If pants fit me in the hip they are huge in the waist, and if I fit to the waist- well I never got those pants over my hips anyway.
I haven’t 100% nailed the fit first time, I’ve got some pulling. But overall I’m feeling good to have the project under my belt. Thanks Sew-a-bration!
My photo assistant was doing wind sprints through the frame while I took pictures. My camera doesn’t have a remote so I have to set a timer and hop back and forth in between pictures. We are quite the horse and pony show!
Make sure to check out the lovely ladies below as well,
Ali Cat & Co | Paisley Roots | Like a mother | Giggles & Beans | Call Ajaire
Shaffer Sisters | I Married Superman | A Jennuine Life | If Only They Would Nap | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Becca DuVal | Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop | The Berry Bunch | Little Kids Grow | leighlee
Feathers Flights | That’s-Sew-Kari