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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Trouble with Ready to Wear....


There comes a moment in life when you want some instant gratification.  That moment came yesterday.  It's starting to get cool in the evenings here, and I wanted some knit PJ pants to wear under my knee length nightie when I get up and "do things" in the morning - kettle on, make lunches, eat breakfast, that sort of thing (and sometimes a bit of sewing if I have a minute to spare). 

I decided to buy a pair of stripe PJ pants in cotton jersey.  They cost $39.95,  an extravagance, but I felt worth it, as I really do not want to have to do another stretch of basics.  That's all I have made, and I want to make some more inspirational things like lots of wonderful bloggers do.  (Maybe they don't make basics??).

So, I allowed myself this expensive liberty.   I always get overwhelmed in shops and didn't notice the stripe at the top being misaligned - mind you , this happens with stripes.  I thought hard, and thought, well, it will annoy me like mad, but really, it will be under a nightie, so does it really matter??  I convinced myself it didn't (sort of).  Then I thought I should check leg length.  You guessed it - the stripe is not poor stripe cutting, but poor cutting, full stop.  One leg was one inch longer than the other along the outer edge. 

This was getting more serious.  I turned the pants over and look at the distortion I found:


Yes, look at the twist and hang - even the crotch is pulled to the side.  These were going to be seriously iffy to wear.


And laying out like this, you can see the 1 inch (2 cm) difference I mentioned earlier.

So, as the shop is just around the corner from where I live, they were returned this morning. 

So it looks as though I will have to sew a few more basics after all.  Luckily I have some knit fabric in the stash that will do:



Some pre-shrinking, and then this will be ready to make some PJ pants.   After I have made something a bit more interesting.

I think I have learnt my lesson with RTW.  It really is simpler to make your own. To say nothing about fit and quality.  Back to the sewing discipline again next week. 

Take care, wherever you are,

Sarah Liz


Sunday, April 27, 2014

To Me Made May or not to Me Made May.

 

To Me Made May or not to Me Made May. That is the question.  I think the problem I am having in making up my mind about whether to take part is not only about whether I have the clothes or not, but about the time it takes to take a photograph every day.

I have made lots of clothes since January 2013 when I started this blog.  Some cotton shirts, a few t's and lots and lots of attempts at making trousers.  I  have quite a few casual trousers now, and a few smart casual. Ditto skirts - quite a few casual skirts and a few smart casual.  I haven't made much work wear yet.  And very few tops and jackets to finish an outfit off.  I was concentrating more on getting my sewing skills back after about a ten year hiatus - and learning new things to boot.  Like sewing with knits and making trousers.

So I am a little reluctant to take part as the photographs will not yet be visually interesting outfits.  I doubt they ever will be - I tend to be very plain and simple.  In winter it tends to be my black or cream turtleneck and one of my basic bottoms - trousers or skirt and tights. 

(Just remembered - I also have a med made coat and polar fleece jacket - I had forgotten about them!!)


So this might be an opportunity to go through my clothes.  I can also work out what I wear, and whether it works for me.  And what I might need.

I won't be able to take pictures some days, so I decided I would only pledge one garment a week, and then do more if I get around to it.  As this is my first Me Made May I want to ease into the process.  I'll probably find it quite fun, once I start. 

I, Sarah Liz of sarahlizsewstyle.blogspot.com address if you have one), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear one garment each week and more if I can for the duration of May 2014'


 (Me Made May is faciliated by  sozowhatdoyouknow... )

This allows me scope to change my mind, without me feeling pressured to post every day if I have other life commitments that take priority.

I am afraid I may  have to resort to indoor photos in front of my white screen as I will not always be able to find the time, or have the right weather,to take photographs outside. 

I also thought that after May I will continue to post one Me Made garment a week.

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I've been a little low on the SewJo this week - I think it is because I have been tired and needed a bit of a break.  I have found that has done the trick, and I'll be back sewing sometime this week.  this happens sometimes - even with hobbies, sometimes you need some down time to refresh yourself and recharge the mojo.

I haven't stopped stashing though.  What is it about stash - no matter how low the SewJo, the optimism is always there.  I found this absolutely lovely cotton muslin (only it has a little more body than muslin, and a slight twill weave to it):


I've been searching for a lightweight fabric suitable for making two little summer nighties for ages, so really, I had to stash this as soon as I saw it :). 

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I have spent some time this week knitting.  Or rather, unknitting.  For some reason, I have made mistake after mistake after mistake with a knitted cardigan jacket I am making.  The last mistake was making two right sides.  The first time I made this mistake I carefully undid it, and carefully redid it, so as not to make the same mistake.  I must have been too careful, because I made the same mistake again.  With much gnashing of teeth, I undid the section again, and redid it.  Then forgot to make the first buttonhole.  Undo an inch again, and make buttonhole.

I'm pleased to report I think I am finally on track:

Finally - two sides of the cardigan.


Now I just have to knit to the lapel area and try to get that right without too much undoing!

That's my news - I think I caught up with your news this morning.  

Have a great week everyone,

Sarah Liz




Friday, April 25, 2014

The last in my series of quick pull on pants...



This is the last pair of pants in the current series of five pairs of pull on pants.  So far I have made four pairs in stretch cotton sateen.  I needed a pair of pants for slightly smarter occasions, and rather quickly, as I have none in the wardrobe (except for old work pants, which I don't like and wouldn't want to wear for slightly smarter occasions!!). This pair is in stretch polyester/viscose crepe.  

I used Kwik Sew 2960  as my base, view C.


I cut size XS from the hips down, and S for the tummy/waist area. I altered the pattern to make the waist slightly larger.  Then I added an elastic casing, and eliminated the zip.  I also lengthened the pattern by 1/14 inches, and removed a slice of fabric in a dart under the bottom to eliminate some of the back under bottom wrinkling.  This will never entirely be eliminated with my small bottom and thin legs.  

There is not much to report really - so I'll just show you the results:

Front view:

 Back view

 Another back view:
What I am noticing in these is that with this fabric there is very little drag down the back leg - it's hard to see in the photo - the trouble with black!  But you can see in the slightly sideways one, that there is no wrinkling extending out to the legs. So fabric type really makes a difference in the performance of trousers (pants). 

I'm also noting lots of wrinkles in the t-shirt - this is a cheap RTW t-shirt.  The wrinkles occur well above my waistline, so I need to eliminate fabric above the waistline (much like a swayback, but higher - and also you can see the narrow back across the thoracic spine area - so this fabric also needs to be removed).  When I make t-shirts this would not bother me, but for fitted dresses, blouses and jackets, this is useful fitting  information to have.

So this is the series of pants, in order:

Black pants, casual, stretch cotton sateen (two pairs)

Blue pants, casual, stretch cotton sateen

Black and White, casual, stretch cotton sateen

Black pants, dress pants, stretch poly viscose crepe.

Five pairs in total:


I am tired of sewing these pants now - it was getting a little tedious making the same garment over and over again, but at least I have these basics in my wardrobe now, as well as the hot weather, all cotton pants and skirts that I made last year.  Now for a few basic skirts for transitional seasons, and I will have a good base wardrobe that will only need tops to be added.

I will be glad when my disciplined "lets start with the basics"part of my sewing is finished. It's taken a long time to get this far.  I'm looking forward to making slightly more challenging, interesting or  stylish garments.  Or, at the very least,  a different pattern, even if it is a basic again.

And, I'm still making up my mind about Me Made May 2014...

Sarah Liz :)




Wednesday, April 23, 2014


 This is another in my series of quick sew elastic waist pull on trousers.  I used Kwik Sew 2960 as my base pattern:


This pattern is  sized for stretch. I did not use a zip but just added a little more at the sides, and then added a cut on waistband as the elastic casing.    They slip on over my hips quite easily.

These are a fun pair of trousers made out of black and white check stretch cotton sateen:


I am quite surprised by the different hang of these trousers.  It seems to fold, creep and crumple quite easily - my previous trousers made out of this pattern also used a stretch cotton sateen, but perhaps a different brand - and the hang is quite different.  I purchased the fabric at Spotlight - and it is $4.00 a metre more expensive than the ordinary sateens, so I was a little surprised at its tendency to creep around.  However, I also didn't invest much time or emotional energy in these - they were made specifically to have something a little more fashionable to wear while still being casual and very wearable as an everyday pant for home, chores, shopping.

The pictures will tell the story:

Front view:


 Side view:

 Back view:
And that's all there is to tell today!

Happy sewing everyone,

Sarah Liz

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday - time to review my sewing progress.




Since I started my blog in early 2013, I have spent much time learning to sew garments that I have never sewn much before - namely trousers/pants and knit garment.

It's been quite a journey.  But I feel I now have some idea of the basics, and so I will now try and improve on these:)

I've also added a lot to my stash.  Which means, fellow stashbusters, that  I'll have more stash to bust.   And I've decided I actually like stashing, especially after seeing a book about YSL - he was surrounded by stash. So really, I think you need a large stash in order to facilitate creativity.     Never can I find the right fabric when I am looking for it, but with a decent stash, and a copy of Vogue Collections, I can start seeing how to use stash to create stylish clothes.  That will be my next goal. 

I'm also suppose to be on a RTW fast.  Well, that is quite easy, as nothing much fits me in RTW in any case. But I did buy two garments:   A Blazer (from www.ezibuy.com )


This is a wool poly jacket, which was only $79.99.  I purchased it as I do not have the time to make one for this winter, and my old blazer, which I really miss, died years ago (and I bought that second hand).  This is not a good quality fabric - there are some sort of striations through it.  (I had a poly wool years ago that I made into a little jacket - wool was from China - with guess what - striations through it - could I press them out with my big steam iron.  No. So I suspect this fabric comes from the same place!!).

It is not interlined through the front sections, and the roll line is not adequate.  I doubt there is much in the way of interfacing in the collar and lapel.  The fit is not good, the sleeves too long (and not worth the hassle of taking up).  But it will be fine for a toss on, who cares, take the treatment jacket.  Sometimes it is worth buying something that is quite cheap and functional if it is to be quite roughly treated!

Still, it goes to prove the point of the last two posts - sewing your own means you can make a quality garment that would be quite expensive to buy.

Now, so far I have only made things in this blog that have been outside my repertoire. In order to learn.  I have not yet sewn a jacket for the blog.  Jackets I can sew - very well.  I enjoy making them, but I don't really have the right sort of life to wear many.  I need to think about what sort of casual jackets I can make, so I can get back into jacket making.  And I need to make jackets that will take the wear and tear - not the sort that I would be scared to wear (and that has happened with a jacket I made many years ago - I never wore it for fear of ruining it!!).

I also purchased a pair of stretch cotton sateen pants. These were reduced to $35.00, down from $165.00.  They are an Australian brand (Meredith ). This is a nice label, quite good quality.  Again, comparing the cost of sewing with quality RTW, sewing is cheaper.


These are 7/8 pants.  As you can see, they are cut for a bottom and thighs.  I don't have much of a bottom, and very slim thighs, so these are a little baggy for me.  That is normal with any RTW as far as fitting my shape is concerned.

  They do fit around the middle, and the rise is just right. Which is why I bought these.  I can study the waistband, rise and crotch shaping. So these have been purchased with a sewing purpose - although of course I will wear them to places where fit does not matter (like the supermarket). 

I also found it interesting to look inside the garment as it is made locally - and the machinists probably do not have such large production runs with specialisation in only part of the garment.  I get annoyed with my slightly wobbly waistbands finishes sometimes, but look:

Wobbles!!!!  This reassures me that my sewing is quite adequate.

I sometimes think my overlocking technique is not as good as it could be, but again, I find that the loops sometimes are a bit past the edge of the seam in these too:

Just like some of mine (and probably yours too!).

So these trousers taught me to appreciate my efforts in learning and sewing :).

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Easter has been a very quiet time for me - I was not well yesterday, and today just pottered around sorting out the wardrobe.  I do this twice a year.  I have everything I need, except nighties. I have old nighties, sort of shabby chic style, without the chic.  I'm trying to work up the oomph to sew them.  I'm getting a little tired of utilitarian sewing, and want to move on to more interesting things.  Maybe some dye would solve the problem.

I also fixed a jacket that has not been worn - I've had it for years.  I won't wear it because I didn't like the buttons - they did not suit my cool colouring at  all and just looked cheap and nasty on me:


So, a strip of black faux snakeskin and some self cover buttons were purchased - and today I covered and changed the buttons:




A nice relaxing job, with a great result:



That now looks great:


And I am even thinking about  making  a matching faux snakeskin skirt.  Now, for me, that is almost a walk on the wild side!!

(Oh, and the buttons will go to the Op Shop (thrift shop).


I'm very glad I changed them - I don't even like them like this :)

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I also made a simple infinity scarf in a scrap of pink knit I had in the knit fabric scrap basket:


I must  make more pink things!  The colour suits me.  I'll need to add to the stash...

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Me Made May 14 starts soon.  I am still making up my mind whether to go into it or not.   I do have lots of clothes now,  so it might be an opportunity to actually style them a bit and take new improved photographs of them all.  I don't know that I could do every day though.  I'll let you know soon.

Who else is doing Me Made May 14?  I know Lisa is. It would be nice to know how many of my blogging friends are entering - we can all support each other.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Does Sewing Save Money part 2 - your wonderful comments...


What fantastic comments you all left on my recent post Does Sewing Save Money.

If you haven't read this post, do go and have a peep at it - and do look at all those wonderful thoughts that other sewers have about whether sewing saves money.

It seems in a nutshell that sewing does save money, especially when comparing cost of fabrics for me made clothes with the prices of better ready to wear or quality fabric garments.  It also appears that most of us get an intrinsic pleasure out of sewing (even allowing for all those inevitable mishaps) that is worth more to us than the price of sewing per se. 

So, for most of us, sewing is not so much about saving money, as gaining other qualities in our garments - uniqueness, good fit,better fabrics, better quality, better construction, creative,tactile satisfaction  and enjoyment.

And some of us can't find RTW that fits, so sewing is not about cost, but about getting garments that fit.

I think L's comment sums up how most of us feel about the cost of sewing:

"If we're speaking strictly in financial terms, then sewing does not save me money. After one considers the cost of machines, fabric, notions, and time, making clothes is not cheap. There are ways we can become cost conscience, but it's hard to beat buying a pair of jeans at Old Navy for $15. However, if we consider quality, creativity, sanity (when not wielding a seam ripper), and the joy we get when we can say, 'I made it,' there is no price that can be attached to this."


(If you don't know L you can find her at http://yousewgirl.blogspot.com.au/. ).

AND:

SEWING IS GOOD THERAPY TOO!!

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With all this in mind, I had to buy more stash today at the Spotlight 40% off sale(over Easter).

Even stashing is therapeutic (so the cost can't count!).  All those wonderful plans - great distractions from the everyday mundane.

And really, when I make up this little pile, I will have a lightweight polar fleece dressing gown for fabric cost $15.00 (to be made for next Autumn)  a little faux snakeskin skirt for fabric cost $8.99 (make this winter) and a little pink skirt (make next spring, fabric cost $7.99).

So really, this was quite a cheap excursion!!  And really, for the price of one dressing gown at a cheap shop such as Target, I am going to get three nice things (in my fantasy world in any case- thoughts now have to be translated into actions!).

Mind you, I do tend to translate thoughts into action: I managed to sew two simple pairs of pants yesterday - DH was on call and covering, so I had the place to myself.  So now I have five pairs of basic pull on pants:


The three pants to the left are made out of stretch cotton sateen and I have blogged about them here.  I'll blog about the black and white pants, and the stretch black crepe pants later on.  For now, I have completed my basic pants set for the next year or so.  Total cost each, about AU$25.00 including threads and elastic.  If you live in the U.S.A divide this figure by 2 and you will be closer to the cost of fabric in your part of the world.  Again, in the UK, as you have a different currency, lower this cost a little bit.

Now, the cheapest I can get stretch cotton sateen basic pants here is from a mail order company - $49.00 a pair plus postage.  So I have saved money.  Now I just need to make up the rest of my stash!!

Do have a safe, happy Easter everyone.

Sarah Liz



Friday, April 18, 2014

A T Shirt from Leftover Fabric...

A New T-Shirt
 The above t-shirt might look very familiar but it is a newly made t shirt.  I made it out of the leftover pieces from the dolman sleeve t shirt I have recently finished.

Dolman sleeve T-shirt.
(For those of you who want to read about the dolman sleeve t-shirt and find out what I did, please visit this page. )

Okay, now about today's t-shirt - I used Kwik Sew 3766, which is fast becoming my standby t-shirt pattern.  It's a lovely basic shape and works nicely.

I used size S as I do not like skin tight t-shirts.  I turned up the hem  a little more than suggested on the pattern (1.5 inches instead of 1 inch). The sleeves are a little shorter than the pattern pieces, as I had no more fabric to use - but they are quite long enough.

  

The fabric is an unknown knit from Spotlight.  I'm pretty sure it has a high viscose content - both from the residue of a burn test, the feel, the softness and the fact that it wrinkles quite a lot.  

There's not much to say about this t-shirt - I serged the seams, and just double stitched the hems - this fabric handled nicely on my basic machine and so I felt confident doing the hem on it.   For the double stitched hemI used a very slight zig zag stitch (this will stretch with the garment) and did two rows of stitching. I can't use twin needles on this machine, so I have to rely on eye sight and good old operator skill to achieve a reasonably even space between the two rows.

Here are a selection of pictures - I'm getting used to the self timer - I set it on 3 shots in 10 secs and quickly pose, move and run around and hope for the best - this is what I came up with (and a few more that were blurred, but I'm not bothering with them).

Front view:

 

 Sort of side view:

 Back view:

 And another side sort of view:

The twist  scarf I made to go with the dolman sleeve T-shirt can of course also be worn with this one:


I think my recent knit making adventures have now stopped.  I don't think I am going to be a lover of making knit garments, but I do think it is an essential skill to have.  And certainly I will want to make my own knit basics instead of buying them - especially as I can make garments in colours and shapes that suit me.

I do wish you all the best in your sewing journeys as well...

Sarah Liz


Monday, April 14, 2014

Does Sewing Save Money?


Have you heard the wonderful myth that sewing your own clothes saves money?  Well, after spending more money again today on one of those little outings that are not meant to cost much - a bit of fabric to fix something, and a few buttons for the cardigan I am knitting, and a bit of fabric for next years summer dress I am planning (while it is on sale) etc etc...

It all started innocently enough.  I have had this nice boiled wool jacket in my wardrobe for about ten years - and I rarely wear it:

Why don't I wear it?  Because I don't like the old gold buttons.  They don't suit my colouring, so I don't wear the jacket - I look cheap in it.

This got me visiting good old Spotlight after work for buttons - and of course, while I was there, one or two other things.

I bought these buttons for the jacket.  They were not what I wanted, but there is limited selection at Spotlight.


So I spent $10.00 approx on buttons (plus another $5.00 on buttons for the jacket I am knitting -and they may or may not be the right size, but if I don't get what Spotlight has now, chances are there will not be anything remotely suitable when I want them).  Then I went to have a look at one or two other things.  Then I had a thought.

I had seen some faux snakeskin - pvc on polyester - soft and pliable.  I immediately passed it up as something I would never wear - then I had a brilliant thought.  This stuff was ideal for making self cover buttons for the cardigan jacket I don't wear.  It will give it a slightly urban modern edge. 

And then I needed some self cover buttons - so it soon became the best part of $40.00 for some cotton, buttons, strip of faux, and self cover buttons.  I could have returned the original buttons I choose, but I do like them, and they do go with some fabric I have in my stash.

On my way home, I pondered - does sewing save money???  How much has that stash cost, the patterns, the notions, the bits and pieces, the scissors, the cutting board, the machines, the thread, the power.

Does sewing save money?  I sometimes tally the cost of my extravagance, and conclude not.

But one day, I think it will!!!

I am going to work on that - start working out the cost of each garment, start counting up the cost of bits and pieces I buy.  Of course, I buy very little, because it does not often fit - and when I do, I am always surprised by how much nicer things cost.  So maybe, sewing might save money. But I've never really counted the cost.  Until now.

What about you - does sewing save you money?  Do you have a sewing budget?  Do you know what your garments cost to make?

I would love to know :)

Sarah Liz

P.S - my purchase today is worthwhile though - the jacket was half price in the first place, and will soon look lovely - so that sort of pays for all the other buttons and bits and pieces bought today.  That's a cheering thought :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Very Busy Sewing Week...

Well, I have had quite a sewing week.  DH and I planned to  go away this week  - to my residential school that isn't anymore, since I made the big decision recently that I couldn't do it all - not at the moment, anyway, until things are more under control at DH's practice. ).  So we had a week booked out from the practice.  And we also finally finished at the old premises - hoorah.   DH had lots of odd jobs to do this week, and I wanted to get some transitional basics quickly sewn while I had the time.

Excuse my slightly underdressed look in these photos - I wanted to show you the top of these trousers, and wearing a longer top over them - which is what I do - was not going to show you how these are made and how they fit.  Tucking in a thicker t-shirt doesn't work very well and adds bulk around the hip area, so I thought I would use this flimsy camisole - it is short so it works quite well to show this area without too much added bulk. It's cold today (about 20 degrees C, which some of you might say is still mild, especially those of you who are emerging out of a long northern hemisphere winter) and I am not enjoying being this bare!

These pants are really very quickly sewn pants for wearing everyday.  I made them out of stretch cotton sateen, from Spotlight.  It will wrinkle like mad, but then if I bought sateen trousers the same thing will happen.

My sewing was fast and furious - I have an urgent need for transitional pants.  I have cotton ones now for summer, but not much for casual for this time of year.

I used Kwik Sew2960:
Kwik Sew 2960.
 This pattern is designed for stretch fabrics.  I cut XS for the leg/hip and s for the tummy/waist (plus a smidgen more for the tum).  I added a little more length as the pant was quite short.  I eliminated the zip and added casing for the waist and used elastic. I just added a little on the sides so that the trousers would fit over my hips.

I have made this elastic waist variation  before (last year) in a patterned fabric (then discovered I don't wear patterned pants that much - but I plan to this winter with a rather boring and very long cardigan I have just unearthed in the woollies drawer- that should tone the pants down a bit).


 These were made in a fairly thick stretch cotton twill.  The legs are a little short, so I added extra when I cut the black pants out.


Although I did an under bottom adjustment, there is still quite a fold underneath.  I altered my adjustment with the black pants.  And the crotch did not feel right, so I altered it a bit.  And raised the waist a little bit as I prefer high waisted pants for comfy wear. 

Now the photos of the latest pair:

 And the back:
(and I forgot to tuck the back label of the camisole in!  I debated whether I should redo the photos, but not only are they tedious to do, but it's cold today, and I don't want to undress again).
 
The fabric handles quite differently - it is softer and lighter in weight.  The tail is fitting better, and the under bottom wrinkles are a little less.  These are wrinkles down the legs in both front and back pictures - but I was running backwards and forwards to the camera to reset the timer - so no stylist to adjust the wrinkles, and no airbrushing afterwards either.  But this is how they will actually look when being worn.  I'm happy with this for home wear.  And the fit is not too bad considering my fit issues.

If you look at these RTW pair - you can see how baggy they are for me in the leg at inner and outer thigh:

 

They are baggy in the back as well, and they are one of my better fitting RTW pants:

 

Even my more poorly fitting me mades are no worse, and often better, than this. And I learn more each time I make something, both about sewing and fitting.

As these are home pants for everyday use, I needed a pair to wash and a pair to wear.  So, I made two pairs:



Not only did I sew these, but I also made my April garment of the month.  The same pair of trousers in a blue stretch cotton sateen, also from Spotlight(in my stash).

Well, you can see my little tum in these!  Which is why I like making my own clothes - you can accommodate the curves and contours.  I have such slim hips and a large waist to hip ratio - in other words an up and down type shape, it is impossible to buy things to fit.

And now the back:


For the rear, I am slightly arching my back , and that has caused some of that wrinkling - but my RTW trousers are no better, and don't fit my hips and things nearly as neatly.  Also, I do like some fullness in my pants legs, and there will always be some wrinkling - as you can see, I am very thin, and my legs and arms are slender- there is never going to be a perfect fit with pants for me - nor would I want it - I need a bit of bulk, not skin tight somethings that emphasize my pin legs and slightly rounded tummy. 

Now, these only took about a day to make, so I had a bit of time leftover.  I also had a bit of black sateen left over.  So I quickly made a little skirt.  Again, with an elastic waist.  I used Kwik Sew 3765:


 Again, I cut XS hips and legs, and S for the tummy and waist area.  I used the short version and added 2.5 inches.  I have made the skirt in January of this year, in a stretch cotton sateen (again, from Spotlight):



It only took me about an hour from go to woe in making up this skirt (I do have a big machine that sews quickly).

So my new skirt for winter, over tights:

And the back:


I think I will be taking photo's of these garments again one day - with proper tops.  Showing of sewing is one thing - but to show the clothes to their best advantage takes a bit more effort.  However, I do believe this sort of basic photography is good for showing the garment as it is, as it is sewn.

Well, I am so sewn out , that I am having a break today :). I don't always enjoy what my mother calls hack sewing, but it sometimes gets the job done.  So I am not feeling much like sewing today!    - But - I am pleased I have some basics to wear for this in-between sort of weather.

Next I want to make some slightly more fashionable basics to add to my classic basics.  Back to work next week, with the BAS (business activity statement, a quarterly imposition from our Tax Office that everyone hates doing), then the accounts to get in order, so something a little more interesting will be needed!

Happy sewing everyone,

Sarah Liz