I’m surprised in the last week that I have finally finished a project. I have three projects on the go at the moment, all requiring some purchase (usually involving colour-matching, like buttons) in order to finish them. However, there are no shops open at the moment and I’ve has to put them aside.
Despite some thread-matching dramas (swiftly fixed by Like Sew Amazing) I finally have my new trousers. I purchased the fabric from Textile Express, who have lots of 8-wale corduroys in all manner of colours. I plumped for a chocolate brown, because I felt this would complement this shirt. Although I would like to have a green pair of trousers at some point, I didn’t feel confident choosing the right green over the internet.
I used a vintage seventies pattern (Butterick 3065) which I have used before to make this pair of jeans, which have been worn loads.
I was never that happy with the size of the back pockets though. They seemed a little on the small side on the jeans. Thinking I made some school-girl error, I checked the pattern again and found that there is just one patch pocket pattern piece intended for both the front and back pockets. Weird! Anyway, I sized the back pockets up, and made a design for them. I used three different top-stitching threads in brown, orange and white to make a “seventies rainbow”.
I did have some problems sorting out the instructions for adding the waist facing last time. I think the problem stemmed from my exclusion of the (unnecessary because I have a stomach) darts in the front. I made a better job this time, although it did take me a couple of attempts. Like the previous pair, instead of folding under the raw edge of the facing I used bias binding to finish. Normally I would have perused my stash, decided I needed something new and then bought it. But given the buying limitations at the moment, I went with something from the stash and I actually think the purple floral design works quite well with the chocolate brown. Anyway, it’s only to please me since unless you happen to be doing my laundry for me (oh, I wish someone would do that!) it won’t get seen.
Luckily I had some jeans buttons in the stash as well, which was miraculous. I don’t really like punching holes in fabric, it seems so brutal and goes against my principles somehow. However, I think they are necessary for the jeans look.
I’m in the middle of purple week at #wearhappycolor2021 so I’ve teamed the trousers with a purple checked shirt and then a violet t-shirt. They’re not great outfits, but I’ll some more photos with the seventies shirt soon.