Sometimes funny little ideas fester in my brain, and I put them on a back burner to simmer while I work on more pressing issues. Occasionally the simmering ideas fizzle away (like my ill-advised crush on jodhpurs), though they usually persist until I call the idea into being. Most frequently, my funny persistent ideas lead to comfortable (if over-engineered) house-clothes. By the way, the person who says hourglass shapes can wear anything is full of it. An outfit with no waist definition adds about ten pounds to my figure.
First, the top:
I made the normal bow-necked woven short-sleeved version, but my interest piqued when I saw the fabric choice for view 1- jersey. This week I spotted some clearance rack striped viscose and decided to play around. The front and the entire sleeve are cut as one. The back connects to the sleeve and has a zipper closure from the back neck. The side also has a zipper, and the front and back both have double rows of tucks. I left out the tucks and the zips, as I was more interested in how the seams came together than in messing around with extra sewing.
Check out that underarm gusset.
I thought to make a sort of keyhole back with a button and loop at the top, except the button and loop looked weird. I can wear this top front to back as well, it has an artsy-slouchy feel.
It was an interesting exercise, but I won’t wear it outside the house and I doubt I’ll play with this pattern again. Can you spot the front shoulder darts? I satisfied my curiosity with a minimum outlay of money and time, and it’s comfy enough to be useful. Had it turned out fan-tab-ulous, I would be making it in a nice fabric.
The Pants– I made them of corduroy, blending my block pants pattern with the pants from my 1930’s beach pajamas. By the way, I’m thoroughly disgusted to learn that palazzo pants are the “trend” for this summer. All my pants are made that way. Blast.
I like them; they’ll serve the office of sweatpants for me in the coming winter months. I must find the time to slap in some welt pockets or a quickie patch pocket; no pockets is proving incredibly impractical.
The front crotch from my block pattern is so short, I had to take in the original beach pajamas’ inseam by 1.5″. I lined up the grainlines and played with the two until it seemed right, then I traced off the combination of the two patterns.
By contrast, on the back my crotch seam extended past the original beach pajama crotch and I ended up extending the inseam.
I used gnomes and haircloth (nice and firm with good recovery) for the facings, and Hong Konged the heck out of the seams. I used a decorative stitch so I could be sure I caught all the raw edges, and because it’s fun. I laugh every time I drop these pants. Invisible side zip.
No breaks in the fall! My photos will be somewhat less incredible than usual because my ecologist husband went off on a research trip again. Today Lila called the shots in the fading late afternoon sunlight.
Speaking of the husband, I’m working on the pattern draft for his jacket and documenting the process. He requested a male version of my recent WW2 jacket.
I totally don’t blame him. I’m entering the jacket in Pattern Review’s Lined Jacket contest. The contests work best when loads of people vote, so please check it out. Voting opens soon. If you think I should win, please vote for me. I’d love that.
What other crazy ideas are simmering in my head while I lovingly draft a jacket for an absent partner? Check out my 1950’s Weigel’s dress:
The pattern and fabric came from two work colleagues, I’m itching to get started.
This is the Riverbends top from Anthropologie. If my draft works, I’ll make this from a delicious slubbed ivory NZ merino. If my draft doesn’t work, I’ll have another over-engineered house shirt from a crappy slubbed rayon. Win-win, really.