Monday, July 24, 2017

Pants Edition

These gloomy days are really trying me.  It has been raining buckets for what seems like weeks, and the lake is already sandbagged and overflowing. The furniture feels clammy.  Life has become damp.  I know it is like this everywhere (except where it is hotter than Mordor) and I feel like we should all just hold hands and dance in the puddles together, but all I really want to do is nap.  I love a good rainstorm now and then, but it's just been too much this year.  Too much water, too much cold.  As the rain hammered down on the roof the other day, I put on a sweater, tuned in to Tom Petty Radio on Pandora and sat down at my sewing machine to turn the frown upside down and accomplish something.  This Pants No. 1 pattern by Sonya Philip has been in the back of my mind, and sometimes in the front of it, ever since she released it.  I love the idea of these simple pants so much--two pattern pieces + a few yards of linen fabric + a little elastic = instant gratification wardrobe staple.  These are the pants I want/need.  This is what you wear with those long-ish dresses and tunics I keep seeing everywhere, but that cling to my cotton leggings like a hungry bear.  It feels like these will fill a little bit of a gap in the wardrobe.  This test pair, made in about an hour (sewing, I love you!) out of a piece of thrifted linen, are the perfect lounge-y, pajama-y pants.  I am wearing them right now.  I want to wear them all the time.  
Brown linen, or maybe charcoal?  Black silk, hoo!  That would be so good.  Anybody know a good source for medium-weight silk?  You sewers in the vicinity of the 6th Avenue garment district, I am keenly envious.  In my little neck of the woods, unless you want to make a quilt or a prom dress, there is no fabric to be found.  Maybe a road trip to NYC is in my future, because this first pair is not going to be my last.  [What if I used a drop cloth from the hardware store?  Would that work?  I am being serious...]
Next up:  a whole bunch of Kiomi shirts, also in thrifted/gifted linen, from Lotta's book Everyday Style, also totally easy and wearable--the hardest part of that project will be tracing the pattern from the master sheet, which looks like a road map of the whole world, all at once.  That'll be a workout for my bifocals, but the sewing is smooth sailing, all the way.  

17 comments:

  1. My SIL sewed seat covers out of dropcloth, and I could see it working, Useful stuff! I hear of folks shopping at fabric dot com but having lived in CNY myself, no other ideas spring to mind. EXCEPT... in Malone, there used to be a fabric mill, and fhey sold suiting, wools etc... and Burlington had a mill outlet for decorating fabric, or maybe that was Essex Jct... Lordy. Been a long time now. But that is a trip in another direction! NYC and Purl Soho... mmm... will be vicariously enjoying! My 2018 plans include a wardrobe makeover with handsewing and knitting! How did my life get so full that I plan a yera ahead?!? Wow! Haha, but it is all good, Guests and some big fat fun projects are 2017! Enjoy all the sewing!!!

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  2. Tablecloths and bedsheets are two under-appreciated sources of fabric. Go for it! :)

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    1. I totally agree! I find mine at thrift stores for pennies.

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    2. I too am a great fan of using thrifted sheets for backing of quilts and lining bags. I bet some of the vintage floral ones would make great tops or tunics.

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  3. Ooh, those are excellent pants! Silk would be heavenly :) I keep telling myself that I don't need this pattern as I have a good one already but everyone's versions of them are tempting me so much! I am an avid tunic dress + pants wearer and I think the dropcloth would be a bit heavy.

    Looking forward to seeing your next makes!

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  4. Oh, nice cozy pants! I just made my first Dress No. 1 from that series and I really like it! Maybe pants are next? We are having weird weather in New Jersey, too, except for last week, which was definitely July-esque. Today it's been rainy, and the perfect day for laying about in handmade lounge pants, and I totally would have, if I hadn't started working full time 6 months ago. I do miss the freedom to take a mid-afternoon nap when the feeling strikes. Or to read a book in my pajamas next to an open window for hours on end. Sigh. I like my job enough, but I miss home!

    Anyway, enough about me 😊... Those would be lovely in a dark linen, and totally wearable outside the house.

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  5. Try Sew Green in Ithaca. They always have interesting remnants -it's like a treasure hunt there.

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  6. I'm so jealous of your rain. Where I live (Cape Town, South Africa) we are having one of the worst droughts in recorded history. The dams are almost empty and our winter rains have been well below average. The situation is dire. But I do love your pants and hope you get some sunshine soon.

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  7. For garment fabric, Fabric Mart in SInking Spring, PA will never be wrong.

    http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/home.php

    They have incredible sales every day, so your most coveted fabric will be sure to be at a decent price before too long.

    I also like fabric.com and https://www.voguefabricsstore.com/

    Mood Fabrics has stunning goods, but they are a bit more $$ for the most part.

    Happy Sewing!!!


    source: I sew most of my own clothing

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  8. I just made the Kiomi and was very stressed out by the master pattern sheet. I took a highlighter and highlighted my size then traced over it with swedish tracing paper. Good luck - great pattern and love the pants!

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  9. Very cozy and comfortable looking! And I hear you on this rainy, cold weather. Yuck! But I'm also trying to have a positive attitude about it because my attitude thus far has really stunk. This is doing nothing but making me miserable. So cheers to turning our frowns upside down!

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  10. ooooh, yes, 1-hour sewing projects!!! I love that instant gratification (she says as she goes off to swatch a hat - I am a very slow knitter).

    We used to have a fabric outlet from the garment district of NYC and it was SO GREAT and now I only have Joann's and it is not. sighhhh I sew a lot of clothes for me and the kiddos. I find some good fabric at thrift stores, but you have to be patient and keep hoping. Not instant gratification there.

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  11. I am making a big linen shirt thing at the moment but the verdict has not been made yet, Just keep making pants, that is what I say! Jo x

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  12. I live in tunics but always wear them over jeans or in hot weather linen trousers so think these will work well with tunics ! Living in England not sure what dropcloth is so can't help there. Love your blog you are so creative and inspiring! Keep at it please.

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  14. I just made the Kiomi and was very stressed out by the master pattern sheet. I took a highlighter and highlighted my size then traced over it with swedish tracing paper. Good luck - great pattern and love the pants!
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