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Lizzy’s Jeans in June & July: Jalie 2908 Bootcut Jeans Finished

First of all I would like to thank all of you who gave such lovely comments on my Dress That Almost Was Not to Be! It’s been so nice to hear you like the dress – the online sewing community is, indeed, the best!

Having finished the dress with all the fiddling that entailed, I thought making jeans was a remarkably simple and relaxing project. Strange but true…

IMG_8600So here are my first bootcut jeans in a long time. I have got used to the slimmer silhouette so much that I wasn’t sure whether to try the bootcut style at all, but as these jeans are meant to be a wearable muslin I thought I might as well try.

IMG_8608What do you think about the look? Worth  exploring, or better to go back to the straight leg?


The jeans turned out a little bit tight across the hips and thighs, although I made them in the right size for my measurements. I suppose different fabrics have different rates of stretch and this denim isn’t all that stretchy. I hope they will relax a little, otherwise I will go up one size when I make these next.

IMG_8601Now with some trepidation for the booty shot. If you have been following this blog for any length of time you will know that the state of my VPL is under close surveillance. I think I’m not doing to badly this time (although, Mia, look away now, I’m not wearing my thong is these pictures):


I added 2,5cm to the hight of the CB and in principle it was a good idea to give a little more booty room. This way the jeans stay up much better, because the back rise covers the – well – backside all the way. What this has done though is destroy the proportions of the back yoke. It is attached almost horizontally now rather than by making a V-shape as it should be. Next time I will hopefully remember to divide the extra hight between the yoke pattern piece and the back crotch.


So altogether I like what I see. Clearly, there is room for improvement, but I think for a first muslin these turned out well. The Jalie pattern works really well for me, however, I did not look at the instructions as I supposed these would be made up like the other jeans I made.

So thank you Lizzy for inspiring me to try a new jeans pattern! Originally I thought I would make these up only to honour Lizzy’s challenge. However, it is pouring with rain at the moment and has got really cold, so the jeans will make their first proper outing tomorrow.

I’m even thinking I might try another new pattern. I have seen a few versions of the Named Jamie which I really like (although Lizzy points out that she isn’t feeling the love) and I found a Burda pattern that seems similar enough:


This is Burdastyle 8/2012 #129. It is meant to be a trouser, not a jeans, pattern, but the treatment of the front leg is quite similar to the Jamie. I have a lot of denim left, so if I get the time I might give these a try.


Fehr Trade Lacy Thong: No Pun Intended

I can’t tell you how hard I’m finding it not to write a post full of wildly inappropriate puns!! I’m practically sitting on my hands while biting my tongue as I type!
Aaanyways, remember my musings re: vpl when I first started making jeans?

Well, a little while ago, Mia kindly took things into her own hands (metaphorically, not literally I hasten to add) and suggested via the comments that I try doing away with vpl via the wearing of thongs. And what’s even better she suggested to make Fehr Trade’s free Lacy Thong pattern to get ahead of myself in the underwear department.

I guess I needed this kick up the back side, made up a thong and today is only the second day in my whole life that I’m wearing one.



My first thong experience many years ago wasn’t a good one: I felt as if a dentist had not been quite compos mentis and used his dental floss on the entirely wrong part of my anatomy. In fact I felt so uncomfortable that I remember distinctly extracting the thong from where it didn’t belong in the middle of the day in a right frenzy and changing into a trusty old pair of granny knickers.

Today went much, MUCH better: It’s the wee hours now with me still thonged up, no major chafing or irritation. I do feel a little – well, nekid, which I suppose is entirely the point of a thong, so full scores there.

Construction-wise there is not much to tell, given that a thong takes up hardly any fabric. I made the size L, following my measurements, but maybe the knit I used is a bit more stretchy than the stretch lace that is specified for this pattern, so I took it in a little in the side seams. In future, I think a size M will be fine. I have to admit I did not look at the instructions as I had them on my computer downstairs and I was too lazy to go and fetch them, but I don’t think there is much that can go wrong. Well, having said that, something did go wrong: I attached lacy stretch elastic to prettify the whole make and I realised on the first leg that I should have tightened the lace a little more. I was too lazy to unpick everything, so one leg opening is a little wider than the other – but no-one is gonna see this, are they, so I think I will get away with it.

So all that rambling and I know all you have been waiting for is photographic evidence. So behold, my behind in the great VPL/No VPL battle:

Viewers of a nervous disposition might want to click away now.

You have been warned!



No more words needed!


IMG_8167Isn’t that just a picture of vpl-free perfection?

So all that remains to be said: THANK YOU Mia for bringing the pattern to my attention. Thank you Fehr Trade for publishing a free thong pattern! And thank you again Mia for persisting with me so this actually gets done!

Me and MeMadeMay 14

This year is the first time I have decided to participate in MeMadeMay. Here is my pledge:

‘I, Chris http://www.handmadebychris.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear fully me-made outfits (excluding underwear and socks) each day for the duration of May 2014 and I definitely promise to wear at least one item of me-made clothing each day for the duration of May’

May is my absolute horror month for work and I will be busy, busy, busy, so I’ll have to wait and see if I manage to pull off the challenge. But at least thinking of clothes is going to be a nice distraction :-). Also I have just booked a surprise visit to Geneva to visit some friends for the first weekend in May, and I will be travelling very light, so again there might have to be some slight compromise on the ideal of  MMM but I will try my best.

Are you taking part? What have you decided to pledge?

1st Blog Birthday: A Big Thank You + An Accidental Skirt

I find it hard to believe that I have only been blogging for one year! It’s become such an important hobby for my, I have got so much fun, encouragement and knowledge out of the interaction with all you lovely sewing people. And my sewing has come on in leaps and bounds since I found sewing blogs a little over a year ago!

So I would like to say a big Thank You to the online sewing community, to those who blog, to those who follow my blog and to those who have taken the time to interact with me. You have made my year!

IMG_7504Of course a blog birthday would be nothing without a garment to celebrate it – enter The Accidental Skirt.


I bought the fabric on ebay off a seller who clearly had a stash to reduce. It only cost me a few euros and I had no idea what to make with it when I first bought it (because I had “actually” bid on a different fabric and this one only came as an afterthought. That DOES happen to all of us, doesn’t it?
Doesn’t it???)

But when I was sat in my telly armchair I realised that pleating away the dark stripes could be a fun idea – and that’s all of the design. I just pleated in such a way that the black vertical stripes are hidden inside the pleat which is stitched closed for about 5cm. A skinny waistband on top, an invisible zip in the side seam and Bob’s your uncle – ahem – skirt.

IMG_7510Not much more to be said about this. No great feat of sewing, but I think I will like it. Especially because I really like yellow as a colour, but it really, REALLY does not go with my skin tone at all. Having it in a skirt rather than next to my face makes me able to wear a bit of yellow and not look like death warmed up.

Because it’s my blog birthday I’m sure you’ll forgive me this slightly gratuitous shot:

IMG_7520Happy spring to everybody in the North! A glorious autumn to everyone in the South.

And happy sewing to everybody!

Miss Bossy, are you skirting the issue?

Maybe you know that over at The MOnthly Stitch we get a new sewing challenge every months. In March we are to make a pattern that has been in our stash for a while but has never been made – but to make things a little more interesting we have you decide which pattern we get to make. After February, which was Pants Month, I thought I might make March Skirt Month, so I would like to propose three skirts patterns:

1. Burdastyle 2/2014 #106 and pastelly lemon coloured wool


I like the skirt for the pleated detail around the waist – unfortunately the magazine pictures doesn’t even show the unique selling point of this skirt. Burdastyle layouters, what’s up with you?
The picture doesn’t do the fabric justice: it is a very light pastel lemon colour which I originally wanted to make into a blazer. But because it makes me very washed out right next to my face I think it might work better as a skirt.


2. Burdastyle 2/2014 # 109 with strawberry denim

This is basically the long version of the Moss mini skirt, just a simple straight jeans-style skirt. I think it would be very versatile and could be made up in different length, although for Miss Bossy I would make the just above the knee-length like on the picture:

IMG_685020140102_152423I would pair this with my most favourite fabric at the moment, strawberry on white stretch denim.

3. Burdastyle 3/2014 117 #  with crazy triangle Ikea fabric

IMG_6815This still has the front zip and button closure but is pleated at the front for a more elegant look:


While elegance is great, my result might be more mad than great, because I plan to use this fabric from Ikea’s home section:


So Miss Bossy, what’s it to be:

I’ve tried my best with the poll, but if it doesn’t work for you for some reason, please just give your vote in the comments and I will add it to the end result. The poll is open for one week, until 1 March.

US Fabric and Pattern Online Shopping: Any Tips?

Unfortunately it’s not me who’s going to travel to the States soon, it’s my husband, and he’ll only go for work. However, that gives me the chance to do a spot of online shopping in the US.
Normally the cost of shipping and customs is so high that US shopping makes no sense for me, but now that I have a chance to have stuff shipped to my husband’s hotel in Vegas and have him bring it over, it seems a much more attractive idea.
Which brings me to my questions:

  • Do you have any tips for me as to good quality/value online shops? I’m looking for good quality natural fibre fabric, but because I will have to make a choice only based on a web picture I will probably go for classics rather than anything “out there”.
  • Where would I go to buy patterns?
  • Any good sales etc that I should know of (hubby will fly out end of Feb)?
  • Any brilliant places to go for quilting fabrics?
  • How do I make my husband to save all his luggage space for my shopping?

As ever: Thanks so much for you advice! I really appreciate it!

I just joined The Monthly Stitch

Good heavens, I am soo excited! I just joined my first ever online sewing-blog-thingy-activity! I joined The Monthly Stitch where you follow one sewing challenge a month. This month’s challenge is making a vintage frock. I am not going to take part in that, thanks to my very largely frock-free life. But in November it is “Something from a sewing book”. Well now, how could anyone miss that ??!!

The lovely ladies who run the blog even have a button – I just don’t know how to add that to my blog yet, such is the newness of my efforts. But I will investigate and hopefully have more stories to tell of the challenges soon.

In the meantime, hop over to their blog and check out the fantastic contributions!