If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
No, I have no idea who this car belongs to.
Yes, it’s a miracle I wasn’t arrested.
Yes, the local drunk had a good laugh watching me take these photos.
So if I was a lot taller and a lot slimmer and on a Californian film set with Cary Grant you could ALMOST mistake me for Katharine Hepburn in my second make of the Simplicity 3688 trousers. (My first make is here.) I’m wearing it with my second make of the Sorbetto top and the string of pearls I bought whilst out and about with Miss P. The handbag I bought aeons ago off Chesterfield flea market. The stall holder was the first person I’ve encountered who ever negotiated himself down: ‘It’s a tenner. No, go on, I’ll let you have it for £8.’ Erm, okay then!
The mustard linen was one of my purchases at the Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango. I have been blown away by every fabric I bought at Goldhawk Road – great quality at reasonable prices. This linen is absolutely gorgeous and came in at £14 for three metres. How does anyone cope who lives in walking distance of this row of shops? I’d be bankrupt!
I had to get photographed with this car because look:
I did a better job with this than my first make. Rather than eliminate the front darts altogether, I made them more narrow. This does give a better fit. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make an invisible zip truly invisible against this mustard, so I decided to go with a handpicked lapped zipper (despite previously claiming that this would spoil the line of the trousers – I am nothing if not contrary):
My button fastening works much better on this make, thanks to advice in a comment from Carolyn. Thanks, Carolyn! I also added a double row of stitching to the hem, which I totally copied from Elizabeth of SEWN when I saw her linen trousers. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
It’s quite difficult to get a flattering photo of these trousers, but I love them. I can’t claim I’ll always wear my tops tucked into the waist band – I do have my belly to hide – but these are fabulous trousers. If I find any more nice linen I am so making another version.
Deep breath now. Two statements to make:
1. My black version of these trousers? They’ve shrunk in the wash, despite pre-washing the fabric. Fortunately, they were so roomy that they still fit – I just need to let the hems down. I read Green Apples blog ages ago about how she pre-washes her fabrics several times before cutting into them. Yeah, I thought. Sorry. I don’t have the hours. Now I’ve learnt the hard way. If I have a fabric that I’m unsure of, it’s going through the washing machine a couple of times.
2. I’m going to sign up to Gertie’s Bombshell Dress Course. Have you SEEN Oonaballoona’s version. It’s awesome! This dress is totally outside my comfort zone and so NOT ME, but I’m going to go for it anyway. I just think I’ll learn loads of new techniques, which I’m hungry for. I’m tempted to go radically outside my comfort zone and invest in a really crazy print. So if you want to see mutton dressed as lamb, keep reading!
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.