Simplicity 3688 – Channelling Katharine

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. 

Katharine Hepburn

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.

Katharine Hepburn

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24 Responses to Simplicity 3688 – Channelling Katharine

  1. Fantastic car, irresistible for a photo shoot! Great job on the trousers. I’ve yet to make any that I’m truly happy with, so I’m always impressed by others’ success with them. 🙂

  2. Debi says:

    LOVE this version of the trousers! That mustard colour is fabulous!! I’m still kicking myself for not having picked up any wool at the fandango…Oh and that car is awesome!!

  3. tamsinwp says:

    Very chic – that mustard colour looks amazing.

  4. shari says:

    Great looking pants…the fit is perfect! Love the pics.

  5. Karen in VA says:

    Great outfit – you’re really rocking it!

  6. Kerry says:

    Your trousers look fab, a perfect fit, and I love the photo idea too.

    I hadn’t read anything about Gertie’s online course yet but my goodness, after seeing oona’s dress I might have to think about signing up. Thanks for the link!

  7. Roobeedoo says:

    Ooh mustard linen?! I am having a mustard longing at the moment, but had assumed I would knit something… but I could sew something couldn’t I?
    Tres tres chic M’selle!

  8. Gabrielle says:

    Yes, I can see the Hepburn look! I love your handpicked zipper – it looks fab.

  9. Stevie says:

    Love these I’m all about the mustard colour at the moment. I have a few tops, the lining of my beignet and I just bought an aquascutum trench in the same colour I’m obsessed! I had a bit of a moan about trousers yesterday but I am definitely having a go now!

  10. lazystitcher says:

    I just love the mustard against the lavender in your top. Gorgeouscombination!

  11. Jane says:

    I think they’re lovely Karen, you’ve done a really good job on them, especially the hand picked zipper. Gorgeous colour too, hoorah for Goldhawk Road! x

  12. bethanylcm says:

    Love them! Really interested to read about your experiences in the class. It looks fascinating but way way beyond my level. Glad to see the Sorbetto again–it reminded me to tell my boyfriend that after post-work margaritas tonight I’m planning on cutting out and attempting to sew a Sorbetto.

  13. oonaballoona says:

    your combo, avec vogue car, is making me insane with jealousy. let me overcome that burning envy to say:

    you are going to ROCK the SHIZZLE out of gertie’s course. i can’t wait to see what you make, my fingers and toes are crossed for crazy print!!!!

  14. Tilly says:

    Karen! You look soooo gorgeous! I adore these trousers. And the top. And the converse-handbag combo. The stitching on that zipper looks super professional. This pattern is definitely going on my wish list… xx

  15. Carolyn says:

    These are lovely! I’m so glad that the button closure worked for you! Love the pic of you standing by the “Vogue” car…very appropriate since you’re wearing some very in vogue pants. May I ask why you aren’t thinking about making these lined in a luscious wool for fall?

  16. liza jane says:

    They look fab! I love that mustard color so much.

  17. Roisin says:

    You would never be mutton – I can totally see you as a bombshell gal!

  18. Lauren says:

    These look great. I really have to get around to sewing my own pair of these. The toile has been started and everything.
    The zip is fab, such neat work!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Gorgeous pants. I love the pairing with the converse tennies. So cute.

  20. Zoe says:

    These rock HARD!!!!!!!!!! I’m totally in love with them and you look amazing xxxx

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