Well it’s months after the fact, but I have finally made another one of the items on my plan that I set a while back! Now while a month of that I was travelling, I really have been super lax on the whole ‘plan’ thing. Including my coat, that is now a grand total of two items off the list. So here’s to putting an end to that….
I wanted to blog these culottes a week ago, but being self-drafted they threw up a couple of challenges. I used my trusty Winifred Aldrich pattern making book to tell me how to draft culottes from my skirt block. Once I finished making a culotte block, I tried to be clever and blend the front darts into the pockets, however the execution wasn’t really up to it and the pockets don’t really sit 100% flat on the body. I managed to fiddle them as flat as possible after the fact, but there is a definite note on this pattern that the pocket needs to be sorted out before these get made again – yes I really do make up a little spec sheet with notes for future use on almost every pattern I make!
After i fixed that issue, I had to fix a second one…… the fabric. Oh online fabric shopping! I bought this gorgeous baby blue linen from Tessuti online and was delighted when I received it for being exactly the colour and the weight that I wanted. What you can’t see in a picture however is the density of the weave. This fabric has a nice loose weave, which makes them almost completely see-through!!!!
Ok, it is nothing like a chiffon or anything, but when the light passes through you better be wearing skin colour pants, that’s all I can say. Oh and it probably helps if your legs are the same colour as the pocket fabric too. Luckily I am in possession of a fabulous friend, with a habit of buying amazing fabric remnants from an op shop somewhere, who just happened to have a loose weave cotton in light blue in exactly the right amount to line this baby. I know, what are the chances of that?
Project saved! But also project took a little longer than it ought. That’s ok though because I managed to get my knitting mojo back in the process, so I hope to be showing you a little more variety in my finished objects from now on.
So, what will I sew next? Something on the list? Or maybe another pretty distraction? Only time will tell.