The endless story continues … another Jalie Jeans

Writing this post is totally my way of procrastinating. I feel like I should be doing a million other things, as you do before a move, but since I actually have the luxury of being moved by a professional removal company who’ll also pack my things, there really is mostly cleaning left. And let me tell you, I’m not keen on that.

So instead I decided before I won’t have access to my sewing machine for weeks I’d finish the already cut Jalie in dark purple corduroy that was drifting around my living room.

I’d made a few changes to the pattern, in the hopes of getting rid of my under-bum-wrinkles issue, as can be seen here:

Temperley knock-off back
Temperley knock-off back

For this, I recruited the help of a couple of fitting books (well, all of the books on fitting I own, actually).

What I did in detail was to remove about an inch on the inner back seam, and adding that on the outside seam. That mostly did the trick, but there’s still a way to go before I can say this is my perfectly fitting jeans, alas.

Purple cords back
Purple cords back

The corduroy I used doesn’t have the tiniest amount of stretch, which makes the whole jeans a tad too tight, but since I’m determined to loose those last 10 pounds I’ve been struggling with these past few months, that should be fine soon.

What feels to me like my biggest achievement is the near perfect fly I managed. Not without a hitch, of course … I put the fly guard on the wrong side and had to rip it out and move it to the other side. Ah, well.

Near perfect fly
Near perfect fly

And because it’s a tad too tight, the lovely vintage button I put on it first broke 😦

Broken button
Broken button

You can see it on the jeans here:

Purple Jeans front
Purple Jeans front

It’s a bit sad, as the colour went well with the back pocket detail:

Back pocket detail
Back pocket detail

But the new button, also out of my stash of vintage buttons, is pretty, too:

 

Old vs. New
Old vs. New

I’ve put some nice flowers in the front pockets – and realized only during my final fitting session that I’d forgotten to top-stitch them! I guess that should teach me not to sew when I’ve got my mind on other things … but then, it made for a perfectly relaxed New Years Day.

Purple jeans pockets
Purple jeans pockets

And that was my first make in 2013. I don’t know how long it will take to find a place to live, and get my things set up and all, sigh. I hate being up in the air like this, I’m a creature of routine and really don’t deal well with having none at all.

Ah, well … it’s only going to be a few more weeks, and then I’ll be living in the glorious sunshine and be coping with a new job and getting to know my new collegues, so overall it’s all great. I just wished I was a few steps further in the process.

Happy New Year to you, and may it bring whatever you wish for!!

 

 

 

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Self-drafted skirt

A couple of weeks ago, I made this basic pencil skirt block.

Now, as you will have noticed, I’m not really the corporate chic kinda girl, and you might have asked yourself why I bothered.

Well, the reason behind this was that I was hoping to be invited to a 2nd interview for a new job. My contract with my previous employer had come to an end, and to be perfectly honest, by that time I was ready to move on. The only fly in the ointment was that there are not a lot of jobs open right now in my field, and the few there were didn’t thrill me.

Now, that might sound incredibly spoiled and a tad snooty in times of recession, but I do believe that it’s a better deal for everybody involved if you like your work. 40 hours a week are simply too much time to be spent doing something you can’t draw satisfaction from.

Back to the pencil skirt … now, in my line of work, the dress code usually is “business casual”, heavily leaning towards casual – as long as you’ve covered your primary gender characteristics, you should be fine. But interviewing is a whole different affair, and it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution and let people know you’re willing to make the effort.

And a quick, inexpensive and easy make to achieve  that – tadaaa, the pencil skirt.

So I bought some purple herringbone suiting and matching lining, and set about drafting a pattern.

Purple Herringbone
Purple Herringbone

Then it turned out that I didn’t have to go the the 2nd interview in person, and that the company I was talking to prided themselves in not having any dress code at all (which is not to be confused with not being dressed for work, mind you!). You see, they’re in Gibraltar, where it’s hot and sunny and sometimes really hot and super sunny. Suits just don’t make a lot of sense in that kind of climate.

So I started rethinking what kind of skirt I could make (since I had all the notions and such), and eventually settled for this as my inspiration:

Inspiration For source click on the image, please.

Some hacking of my basic skirt block later, this was born:

Self-drafted skirt with pocket flaps
Self-drafted skirt with pocket flaps

I think it turned out well. The pocket flaps are fake, there are no real pockets, which is a bit of a bummer, and I’ve hence tried to wrap my head around how to include real pockets underneath, without a real result so far. Tips will be super welcome!

I have not used a waistband here, as I felt the look would be cleaner without, so instead I put a facing on the inside:

Facing
Facing

The zip is inserted as a lapped zipper – I should have known that wasn’t the smartest choice, as it’s a tad bulky due to the heavy-weight corduroy I used (leftovers from this jeans), but in itself it turned out beautifully:

Lapped zipper
Lapped zipper

But of course now I’m all over this, and really want to make this skirt:

Really now … For source, please click on the image.

Or maybe something with double-welt pockets.

Oh, and the job? I’ve got it, and I’ll be moving to Gibraltar by mid January. I am so excited – they have monkeys over there!!

Monkey in Gibraltar. For source, please click on the image.

 

You win some, you lose some

Today I wanted to show you the finished black cords. Especially for you, Sylvia 🙂

Really, I had the best of intentions and was stoked to finish the thing. For all of 15 minutes. Then I noticed really bad looping of the bobbin thread, and my machine started to make this noise again, and I had an enlightenment.

This is a hobby, I thought. One I take pretty seriously, and one that I use to save a little bit of my corner of the world, and also something I do to enjoy myself. I do NOT enjoy hearing my machine make that noise. I do NOT enjoy swearing at little loops in the bobbin thread, and I most decidedly do NOT enjoy breaking needles whizzing mere centimeters by my eye.

And that was that. The black cords are in the rubbish bin, I will go hunt for some other fabric (I still want a pair of black jeans), and otherwise forget about this whole abysmal affair as quickly as possible.

For some instant gratification, I made another t-shirt from the pile of jersey knits I got at Walthamstow during my recent trip there with Kim-ing. This was actually acquired at Saeed’s, and I have a generous 3m of it (the end of a roll seems to trigger some unstoppable urge to get rid of it in their shop assistants –  I asked for 2 m, and that’s what I paid for, but got what was left on the bolt).

The pattern used was my self-drafted, and that’s pretty much all I’ve got to say about this make.

Maya front
Maya front

I shortened it a tad to hit on my hips rather than 3 fingers below, and this length seems to work better.

Maya back
Maya back

This photo had me a bit surprised, I have to say. I’m quite aware of my rather broad shoulders, but man, do I look like a rugby player here or what??

Maya and Cardi
Maya and Cardi

And here it is styled with  my beloved Caterpillar Cardi. Is that too much stripey action here? I kinda like them together, but it does feel a tad too psychedelic, no?

Not knitting: The Jalie Jeans, Part One

So, I made myself a pair of Jeans.

This time, I used the Jalie pattern Amy has introduced me to here. In a fit of madness, I decided to use the fashion fabric right away, and not make another bed sheet toile. Now, truth be told, I had three variations of the fashion fabric: black corduroy, which I suspect I don’t have enough of; dark blue denim; pink corduroy.

Not wanting to cut into the denim (bought at the exorbitant price of £4.49 at FabricLand), the choice was between pink and black corduroy.

Now, I used to own a light grey corduroy jeans I loved to bits. Literally, I’m afraid, so it had to go a few months back. That’s when I first thought about making my own, and coincidentally also when I first heard about the Jean-ius class on Craftsy.

More on that later, tho.

I decided to go with pink, because, so I argued to myself, a pink pair of Jeans isn’t really going to make it into my everyday wear, so if I screw it up, it won’t matter so much.

Enter stage left: pink corduroy jeans.

It is rather awkward to get a good shot of your own bum, I learned. But more to the point: I didn’t screw them up. They are pretty much perfect. And consequently, I lived in them for a week. My initial feeling these won’t make it into everyday wear? Wrong.

They don’t have dragons in the pockets (I wished, tho!), but cute gingham. Another lesson? Part of the fun of making your own jeans is the way you can toy with the details. Cute pocket lining. Topstitching. Buttons. And so on …

But I digress. Probably to procrastinate what I have to do. So, here it is: the rear view.

Rear view

You can see the excess fabric in my lower back. That’s exactly the kind of issue I have with each and every single store bought jeans. And now I know I can fix it (or at least make it better – I’ve since made another pair, which I’ll tell you about in another post, and removed most of it. )

So exciting!

A few details:

Cute gingham pockets

And the front fly, which I’m pretty happy with:

Front Fly

All in all, I’d call this a success!