I did it! I Made Trousers :-)

Trousers have been on my ‘take make’ list for a while and I had been putting off making them for a while too.  A few weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.  My pattern of choice was the Cigarette Pant pattern from the Gertie Sews Vintage Casual book.

As usual, before making a garment, I tend to research it online to see if there are any fitting issues and tips for construction.  With this pattern, I only managed to find 3 bloggers who had reviewed them – there were a lot of reviews for the Butterick 5895’s, which were designed by Gertie…but these were different form the ones in the book so I didn’t really want to take note of those fitting issues as they were not the same trousers!

Gertie Pants

Bonnell Dresses: My First Pattern Alterations

Bonnell dresses

Just over a month ago, I made my first Bonnell dress from Dixie DIY.  I knew that this was the dress I was going to make for my Art Gallery Fabric project so I really wanted to make the fit of the dress perfect.  For the very first dress, I used a pink & green floral cotton with a plain purple cotton lining.  I shortened the bodice pattern by 1 inch as I’ve now gathered that I need to do this for most dress bodices.  The rest of the pattern was cut out in a size 10.

Bonnell dresses

Jumping In July!

This may be one of those posts that I meant to write 2 weeks ago and then forgot about it completely!  Whoops!  This Butterick pattern was one of the ones I bought in a recent sale where all Butterick patterns were $3.  I’ve never really worn a jumpsuit before so I was quite looking forward to making this one.  I chose view B, the version with the shorts.

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A different type of Megan

One of my favourite garments out of the Love At First Stitch book is the Megan dress.  It’s easy to make and it fits me without having to alter anything!

I made two Megans a few months ago, both from thicker fabrics though so they aren’t really suitable for the Summer weather.  The first one I made was far too short as a dress so I wear it with skinny jeans.  The second one is lovely but has a pucker on the zip and the skirt and bodice didn’t match up so it has an extra pleat. :-/

I had put a cotton Megan on my to make list and finally got around to making it last week.  This was my third dress of the week too!  When cutting the fabric, I decided that I would like a sleeveless version.  I wasn’t quite sure if this would work so I made sure I had just enough fabric for sleeves just incase!

Even though I had traced & cut the Megan pattern before…I had lost it so had to re-trace & cut.  This prompted me to label all my traced patterns and put all of them in a place where I know they are.  During the tracing process, I also realised that I had traced one of the darts too narrow last time – I had followed the wrong line!  This would have been why the skirt and bodice didn’t match!  It was an ‘ah-haaa!’ moment!