Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thurlow Trousers

I finished the Sewaholic Thurlow trousers the other day. An item for FESA.

However, I am not sure if this is a pattern for me.  I have made trousers before, I have made two pairs of Jalie jeans, both with stretch denim which is very forgiving.  I used blue twill from my stash for these, so not sure if I have got the fit quite right or whether the twill is too heavy a fabric for these trousers. Something is just not right!

I also think that at my height (or lack thereof!) I should stick to straight leg trousers for a more flattering look.

But I have to say that this was another great Sewaholic pattern to sew. Clear and precise instructions.

I love the individual features such as the welt back pockets ( a first for me) and the nice front pockets. I lined the waistband and did the pockets with a lovely blue floral fabric that I have had in my stash for years

So all in all if nothing else, this was a great wearable muslin and I will actually be worn! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

NYC Garment District

One of my many excuses as to why I haven't been sewing!!

My sewing has been very slow (read non-exsistent!) recently, between work, running and a recent trip to New York I just have not had time to sew.

I started the FESA Challenge with great intentions and I have made one scarf and a pair of Thurlow trousers is on my sewing table waiting for a waistband. But I am nothing if not determined, I just might need a little more time!

New York was amazing, as always. I ran the NYC marathon (another main reason my sewing had taken a bit of a backseat!) and it was the best marathon EVER.

There was a free drink for those who wore their Marathon finisher's medal!!!
No "me mades" for the race, I still have not had much success with active wear, but I did wear the Portrait Blouse (from Gerties New Book For better Sewing) one evening out for dinner.

I also wore the denim Grainline Moss Skirt that I sewed recently. I love this skirt, so easy to wear. With the cooler weather in New York, I teamed the skirt with tights and boots.

And what about the Garment District? Well of course I had to spend time here! Oh my goodness, after two hours I came to the conclusion that if you can't find what you are looking for here (sewing related!!), then it has not been produced yet!

I was actually so overwhelmed with the choices that I didn't even buy any fabric, I just could not decide!

I ended up buying 6 hand carved bone buttons. I have a vague idea that they will be nice on a plain black or white blouse. I also bought some fancy closures for my son's coat (still a WIP) and a little metal handle for an evening bag I plan to make. Last of the big spenders!!!!

Buttons, buttons and more buttons!!