I finished the first of the my destash projects! I saw this corduroy when I was shopping for customer fabric (a job that brings me to the fabric store every week is a dangerous thing), and immediately knew that I wanted to make an autumn version of my wide leg jeans. But I really didn’t have any time to make things for myself, so I sadly left it there. A few weeks later I saw it again, this time on sale, and couldn’t resist. So it sat on my craft table for weeks, waiting for me to find time and for the weather to get cold enough that corduroy pants sounded like an urgent problem. Last weekend that time finally came.
I know you can’t really see the pants in these photos. I got distracted by the sunset and the city and the beautiful quiet evening, and sort of forgot I’d gone out to document the pants. More informative photos will come, along with more about how to make pants.
The first step in sewing together a pair of jeans is to sew down the patch pockets in back. You just cut out the shape of a pocket, leaving your standard seam allowance on the sides and bottom and double allowance on top. Fold the top of the pocket over twice, press, and sew down. Fold over the sides and edges and press. Pin the pockets to the back of the pants, being careful to line them up so the two sides are symmetric. Sew along the edges.
I think I mentioned before that I wear these pants pretty much every day. I just love them. One of the projects in my pile of things to make before I buy any more fabric is a corduroy version for fall. I’ll make them with slightly narrower legs, because the thicker fabric will stand away from the leg a bit more, but other than that I’m using the same pattern. These pants are all I ever want to wear.
The flower crown is one of Prima’s crepe paper creations. The flowers decorated my birthday present, and after I put one in my hair she twisted them into a crown for me.
One of the highlights of the Berkeley Botanical Garden is a little hot-house packed with orchids and other tropical plants. There are spiny Venus Fly Traps, delicately curling ferns, and brightly colored Lady’s Slippers, and the epiphytic ferns and orchids hanging from the ceiling give the whole room a wonderful look.
Last weekend Prima and I went to the Berkeley Botanical Garden to take some photos for her shop. As soon as I saw this top I knew I wanted to photograph it by water, and the garden’s Japanese Pool was the perfect place. Peaceful and green, with stepping-stones and lily pads. Prima’s favorite photos from the shoot can be seen in her listings for the pants and the blouse.
My sister Rosie spends most of her day around toddlers, so she tends to wear jeans and shoes she can run in. What she really wants to wear is high heels and crisp wool skirts, so when she presented her research at a conference this spring, she was happy to have the excuse make herself a new skirt. She settled on this gray suiting wool and simple a-line shape, with a narrow waistband and an invisible zipper. The sweater she’s wearing with it is a long sleeve version of the Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style, which is probably my favorite knitting pattern. A pair of simple lace stitches with just enough going on to keep it interesting, and a beautiful finished product.
Yes, you can have too much fabric. When you can’t get the closet door closed, you have a problem. The best solution to this would probably be to clear out the closet, give away the fabric I’m never going to use, throw away the tiny left over scraps I should never have kept in the first place, and fold it all neatly so it fits on the shelves. But that’s not going to happen any time soon. Instead I have a plan to buy less fabric, and even get a few pieces off the shelf and into my closet.
This morning I pulled out all the fabric I’ve bought for particular projects, things that I’m excited about and know what I want to do with, but haven’t had time for. There are ten of them, which is way more than I expected. My plan is not to buy any fabric for myself (fabric for customer’s clothing is ok of course) until I have finished those ten projects. Since things sometimes go wrong and these projects may not all sound like good ideas when I get to them, I’m letting myself switch out any of these projects for something else made from fabric in my stash. But I will finish ten projects from fabric I already have before I buy anymore. Hold me to it!