Monday, June 3, 2019

Vado Boyfriend Jeans for Me

I have been pinning a lot of white, boyfriend jeans outfits lately.
And I have this jeans pattern
I have a pair of white skinny jeans that I wear a frequently but white is not a great colour on me.
I thought about the other colour in my capsule, pink!
So I made pink ones!
I had just a little bit of heavy pink denim/canvas in my stash.
I had made Elsa a pair of Banyan pants quite a few years back, from it.
I sewed my awesome last pair in a denim/wool with a touch of spandex, this fabric has no stretch so I added a 1.5cm to the centre front of the jeans front (that is where I can get uncomfortable) and blended it back.
I also added a few cm's to the end of the waistband.
The zip construction is really different but you get a perfect result which is also easy to repair the zipper, if it breaks.
I only had enough fabric to cut one waistband (the waistband is very curved which helps with the great fit)so I cut the inside with the same fabric as the pocket bags. It was a thin shirting so I used a double layer of interfacing.
I couldn't decide what colour thread to use, none of my pinks looked right so I went with a coffee coloured one.
I think it will wash in nicely and work, even as the fabric fades.
I added quite a bit to the hem so I could roll them up.
I love the long legs with the fullness through the thigh but the nice fit at the bottom.
I love these jeans.
The best thing is, they have ease if I gain weight and will look good a bit baggy if I lose it.
I think the pink is really pretty and lifts my predominately black wardrobe.
~My Verdict~
I love this pattern so much. It is not cheap (around $17 AUD) and I suggest you carefully take your measurements as if you need to print another pattern, it is another $17. However, I find it is pretty easy to alter and fit.
All denim behaves differently so I always baste the side seams and do a few squats to check the firmness before sewing the side seams.
As predicted, the colour is not as practical as my denim/wool pair. I 'wear and air' these but the pink ones seem to get grubby a lot easier.
But I still love them.

Thank you for reading... xx N

Saturday, June 1, 2019

OOP Simplicity 8017 Dungarees for Beatrix

The very last pair of dungarees , for now...
And I think these are my favourite.
I have had this pattern for ages and was determined to sew it before Trixie grew out of it.
By holding the pattern up to Trixie I could see it would be too short in the body so I cut, just under the front placket and added 2 inches to the body, front and back (and an inch to the hem)
The fabric is lush!
It is a corduroy remnant from The Drapery and I need to take a moment to RAVE about it.
After sewing up four odd metres of seriously stinky corduroy it was a joy to handle this. 
Bliss, and the colour? It is not grey, not purple, not indigo but so, so pretty.
The dungarees have a back tie, like a waist coat, that is adjustable 
There are shoulder buttons which make undressing very quick to do.
The second row of buttons is purely for decoration 
The pretty, pink, enamelled shell buttons stitched with charteuse coloured thread.
I definitely think they are my favourites.
I really wish I had added a wee bit more to the hem.
But they are a great fit through the body.
I am definitely going to have to start altering Trixie's patterns. 

~My Verdict~
Totally in love and I NEED to sew the pinafore next.
These were an enjoyable sew with lovely facings that enclosed all the straps and front plackets.
I really wish I had sewn it before as, even with my alterations it only just fits.
The corduroy was bliss to sew and I love the look (I reversed the nap Liesl Gibson style) for extra lushness.
~Trixie's Verdict~
I like the buttons, they are nice and pink-y.
I like the whole costume.
I guess they are comfortable....

So that brings my dungarees sewing adventure to an end, it has been fun.
Which ones are your favourites?

Thank you for reading... xx N
And Trixie's favourite? She declared ALL of them!