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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Gloomy Grey Day Pants...


My poor old camera was really struggling today.  I have been attempting to take photos outside, because the lighting is just so poor in the old house I currently live in.  Not helped by modern energy saving lights. Candles would have a better lux I think...

Outside today is no better.  As you can see, the camera did not take great photos, as it is just too dim.  We have had solid rain for the last 11 days with very grey and gloomy skies.  In fact photographers here use light metres even in the height of a sunny summer day.  When I first came to Newcastle I wanted someone to "open the curtains". It's just so gloomy here.  I am a sun lover - the light levels are just glorious in Adelaide, my Australian home town.  My mood is always good there, here I am often demotivated.  I put this down, amongst other things, to not  having found a niche here, with the result I am quite socially isolated, and to  to low light levels and a very rainy climate.  Even in summer.  I make no bones about the fact that I dislike living here!

Enough of my moans.  I am stuck here for a couple more years, and have a large stash to work through.  Some of my stash I love, and am in no hurry to work through - I'd rather use it for quality garments that will more suit my future self  who will be living back in Adelaide. Some pieces I do not love. This is one such piece.  It was a remnant of polyester (mostly) viscose, a fabric Spotlight tends to specialise in - they have acres of polyester.  I prefer quality fabrics, but really, there is nowhere much to wear them here (moaning again...).

I thought it would make up into a pair of trousers that I could put on over thermals in winter. The default clothing style in regional Australia is daggy casual to downright unkempt, and I really don't want to look like that. These look smart enough and over long underthingies  will be nice and warm.  A nice cardigan and I will look okay around the house, while also being able to move and do things.

The pattern once again, was New Look 6216.  I must have used this a dozen times now, in a variety of fabrics - you can see all the posts HERE.


As I only had a metre of this fabric, I had to resort to my contrast pocket and waistband. The trousers are quite easy to sew by now, but the fabric was a pain to work with.  It frayed as soon as it was looked at:


The waistband was made out of a piece of leftover polyester/viscose gabardine, heavier than the plaid.  I think it has turned out to be a little bulky as the casing for the elastic, but I have come to terms with that!  I am glad I have found out, because I have a some of this gabardine stashed, so I know now that it will not do for an elastic waist pant.


As I sit here writing, we have had another solid deluge of rain.  Wet, wet, wet. Fed up!  So I shall show you the pictures and then go and have some lunch. That might cheer me up!










Actually, the photos look kind of misty and rainy, just like the weather.  I quite like that thought!

That's it for now, I am off for some lunch, and then some blog reading this afternoon.  The wet weather is good for getting rid of the I should be doing something else feeling !

Bye for now,

Sarah Liz.


20 comments:

  1. Nice trousers! About your stash, shouldn't you use it the other way round? Sounds like you'll feel good in anything in Adelaide while you can you use a bright and colourful collection of clothes to lift your spirits for the next years in Newcastle. Hope you'll have a nice day, rainy or not!

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    1. Nice logic! I agree with you

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    2. Hello Marianne - yes, there is logic in what you say - but I think it is more the case that I will make up the fabrics that work better in Newcastle that just will not work in Adelaide. The environment here is just so different and lends itself to different clothes, so those are the fabrics I should make up here.

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  2. They look really comfy, and tartan is always awesome! Though I agree.. if you don't like some fabric then pass it on to someone else, and just use the fabric you really do like :)

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  3. I rather like the trousers. I agree with both Marianne and Carolyn. Summary use nice stuff, which will make you feel better, and get rid of what you don't like.
    I have this pattern but as you know I've been struggling through making trousers to fit well. Might almost have succeeded but there are ongoing issues so when I get my time back from others (now it's me that's moaning!) I'll continue with my pattern but might adapt shapes using commercial patterns like this one

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  4. 11 days of rain! Ugh! No wonder you feel a tad gloomy. On the other hand I want to say how much I like your trousers. I'm a huge fan of tartan and I have some muted navy ones that I love to wear in winter. You did so amazingly accurate pattern matching. I like the idea mentioned above about donating some of your stash that doesn't excite you. In the words of Marie Kondo...if it doesn't spark joy....

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    1. Hello Diane, yes, it gets mighty gloomy here when it is wet, but the sun is out today! I plan to make a muted pair of tartan trews as well - these are more a cheerful, fun, pair. And I did donate some fabric today, which made my local thrift shop happy!

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  5. I like the new pants. I think they look very smart with their bold plaid. I also agree with the others that maybe it's time to dip into the good stash on occasion and make yourself something that brings you joy in a color that lightens your heart.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, the stash certainly needs using, but in a circumspect way - some fabrics will just work better here, and won't work in Adelaide at all.

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  6. I live in the Pacific northwest, so the winters are always ☔...better than snow and ice . The pants are very cute .I really like them .

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    1. Thank you. And yes, I agree, wet is better than snow and ice...

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  7. Liking the idea that you need bright colours to stave off the gloomy days.

    Also - love the tartan trews!

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    1. Thank you - yes, bright colours work well here, also the culture is a bit on the colourful side, so to speak...

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  8. 11 straight days of rain aren't fun ☹. I love your pants; you can dress them up or down as you wish.

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    1. Thank you, yes, I plan to wear these casually and also to the office on Friday when I just work solo and can wear what I like. I just like to look reasonable in case I meet someone!.

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  9. What fantastic pants Sarah! I didn't notice the pockets and waist band on IG. I love the combination of the plaid and black plain fabric. You'll wear them a lot:)

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  10. I understand your reaction to weather-we lived on the wet side of the Cascade Mountains and wow, we we depressed. I like these pants, especially in the tartan.

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  11. These trousers look wonderful! Oddly enough, they look vaguely like another New Look pattern - one I made up last year. (They didn't get to my blog, though.) I wonder if they use the same basic pattern and then just add details for the different patterns.

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  12. Love these pants... The solid color waist band is a perfect detail for them.. Great fit.
    Sorry about the rain... 11 days...whew!!! It has been super hot/muggy/humid here..

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  13. LOVE your new pants!! You did a most excellent job of plaid matching.... everywhere!!! Your brilliant idea of making the waistband and pockets out of contrasting fabric gives this pattern a nice, fresh look. Hope the rain and gray days go away soon. Hot, humid, muggy days-on-end here. Understand your frustrations. My husband is retiring in a couple of years and we are having some discussions on this subject too. In our case, it's not a case of having a place, a 'home', to return to, but more of where would we like to live out our days. :)

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