Monday, 2 November 2015

Smarty Pants

I made these things months ago but have been suffering from severe blog photo procrastination syndrome. I had hoped to take these pics in some picturesque spot but it just aint gonna happen. I present you with my wall.

Burdastyle  04/2014 #110A and Simplicity 1366
One of the benefits of the huge lapse of time between finishing my projects and blogging about them is I have road tested them and am able to give a more honest and well rounded appraisal of their performance.

I. Love. Them.



I've been pretty inspired by the Capsule Wardrobe of late. I'm far too impulsive and too much in love with bold colours and prints to adhere strictly to the concept but I love the idea of a streamlined, zen-like wardrobe full of perfectly harmonised mix and match items. So these makes were two small steps towards that end.

I used this Burdastyle pattern for the pants. I mentioned in my last post that I am a 34 in Burdastyle patterns even though I measure as a 36/38. I cut out these pants before I had that realisation so I had to take them in considerably. I'm sure if I had have cut out the correct size they would fit a bit better, especially through the crotch but I'm pretty happy. Although they are called 'Skinny pants with hip yoke' they weren't skinny in the slightest so I took them in quite a bit at the ankles too and I prefer to wear them rolled up. I used a lovely linen from The Fabric Store in a colour (beige) that I don't think I've ever bought or worn before but is a key neutral colour for Capsule Wardrobes and I can highly recommend it! I keep reaching for these pants over and over again because they go with just about anything and are so comfortable. I think the bum could do with at least one welt pocket to make them look a little more professional. Also pleats do funny things to crotches and I felt a bit weird wearing them at first but I'm over it now. The pointy bit of the yoke was a bit tricky and I had to unpick and resewed it about 6 times and it's still not perfect but I have my limits!



The top is Simplicity 1366 which is somewhat of a cult pattern amongst sewing bloggers. I've seen so many great renditions on the blogosphere like here, here and here that I just had to have a piece of the action too! Being a Cynthia Rowley pattern it has a great cut which is what makes it a standout pattern even though it is so simple. I went down a size based on my measurements but I could have gone down another as I took it in by about a cm at the sleeves and sides.

It feels good to get a lot of wear out of my me-mades. I'm definitely trying to put more thought into what I make rather than just going bananas after seeing something on Pinterest. You can expect to be seeing more staples and more thought out items from me in the future! I really want to know what you guys think of Capsule Wardrobes and whether you're inspired by the concept?

DEETS:
Pants
Pattern: #110A from Burdastyle 04/2014
Size: 36 taken in heaps.
Fabric: Linen from The Fabric Store
Top
Pattern: Simplicity 1366
Size: 10 taken in by 1cm
Fabric: poly/cotton from Centrepoint Fabrics

30 comments:

  1. I love this outfit! The pants fit you so well and look so comfortable. I haven't made that top yet but I, too, have seen so many great ones that I'd love to give it a try.

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    1. Thanks Terri! I had to work on these pants to get the fit right but it was so worth it! The top is so easy, it's definitely a great wardrobe staple. I'm planning on making more in different colours!

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  2. This outfit is gorgeous! I love both colors and shapes. Capsule Wardrobe is a great idea. It helped me made more reasonable sewing choices and clean my wardrobe. For me it is still work in progress. Good luck!

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    1. Thankyou! A Capsule wardrobe is definitely a work in progress for me too but I'm quite excited about it!

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  3. These are such fabulous pants. Pleats in pants scare the hell out of me. I am a classic pear so pleats around the waist and hip are just revolting on me. I always look at pattern like this and love them, I even bought a similar Burda pattern but haven't made them up. You look funky and comfortable in this whole outfit. I don't adhere to the capsule or wardrobe architect thing. I don't tend to mix and match much except if it's different tops with my uniform jeans. In summer it's nearly always dresses so they can all be vastly different from each other and it makes no difference. I can see how these pants could become a real staple though...

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    1. I'm a pear too so I was hesitant about the pleats. It was definitely a weird sensation at first but I got used to it. I think getting a good drapey fabric is key too. I love to pair tops with jeans too, but lately I've been getting sick of jeans (not sure why?) I definitely need to up my dress game though :)

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  4. I really, really like those... They look gorgeous :)) Especially paired with these shoes. And I know the struggle to take blog photos, sometimes my projects get up way too late as well :) Have a nice day, Sophia
    www.littlesewingmachine.blogspot.de

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    1. Thankyou Sophia! I was pretty happy with these makes :) I love these shoes too! They are Soludos and I found them second hand but in brand new condition!!!! They are so comfortable. Have a nice day too xxx

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  5. I just want to say, I really like your wall! My neighbours have a brick wall that I use occasionally but my photos tend to turn out horribly over-exposed. Your wall on the other hand has a certain chicness to it that I admire... If a wall can be chic!
    One thing is for sure though, you look chic as hell in this outfit! I've never been a beige wearer (you could call me a beige avoider), but I love your beige pants. And you can never go wrong with gingham. So good!
    I can see the appeal of the capsule wardrobe but my default setting is more at the bananas end of the spectrum so I'm worried that I could never commit without feeling deprived. Instead I try to buy fabrics in colours that coordinate ok with everything else. I like the idea though!

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    1. I'm glad you like my wall! Theres something about the lighting in that little nook that is really good too. It's definitely easier than traipsing around with my tripod! I'm thinking 80% sensible and 20% bananas might be a good recipe for me :)

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  6. Yeah I love your wall too! This is such a great outfit. I like the idea of the capsule, and I'm finding that I'm almost making one by default as a lot of the things I've made in the past I'm not wearing anymore - recent and distant past. And the reason is a combination of dodgy fit, but mostly that they just don't go with much else or my style aesthetic has changed - or they didn't match my aesthetic in the first place and I chose the fabric because it was bright or cute.....
    I think you should make some similar coloured shorts, to keep wearing that cute top all year around!

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    1. I'm the same. There are just too many cute things in my closet collecting dust so I'm enjoying rethinking what I make. Great advice about the shorts! Maybe I can use the same pattern and adjust :)

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  7. I really love both garments, but especially the pants! The fit is perfection! And I love when my me-mades become the garment I reach for again and again. It feels very rewarding. Of course I like making the impractical garment here and there too, but I have to say, very few of my makes linger at the back of my closet without gettng wear! As far as capsule wardrobes, I'm afraid I'm much too much of a maximalist for such a streamlined idea! Ha! But I have much envy for those that can pull that off!

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    1. Thanks Sallie! I'm hoping to create a wardrobe of me-mades that get a lot of wear too!

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  8. Those pants are super cool. I love unusual patterns in neutrals. Neutral and linen? Be still, my beating heart!

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    1. Usually I go for loud colours and cute prints but Im discovering that neutrals can be fun too when, like you say, they are paired with unusual patterns. Also linen!!!

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  9. I have seen that top pattern a lot lately! You did a great job on the trousers, they look comfortable, yet stylish.
    The ideal of capsule wardrobes usually make me shudder, but I should investigate - I really need to plan my own wardrobe better! Trouble is, I think I like sewing on a whim!

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    1. Sherry I had seen that top so often that I just had to make it just to see what everyone was talking about! I'm also a sew on a whim person but I'm trying to whittle it down to perhaps a 80% sensible 20% bananas

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  11. I would totally wear these trousers. They're actually quite similar to some ready-to-wear ones that I got copied by a tailor (before I learned to sew). The originals were low crotch and sat at the waist but I wanted a high waisted version - it wasn't going to ever look right in the crotch. The copies got dyed from a cream colour to blue and eventually got donated. I still have the original low crotch ones. I want to have a go making my own pleated trousers now that I can sew myself - they could end up looking similar to what you have here. They look like a great basic.

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    1. Thanks Sundari. They are such a good basic. I think the pleats add a bit of interest but were pretty simple to make. good luck with your ones!

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  12. Love the pleats of those pants! And I agree, a welt pocket would have stepped it up but the fit and color are perfect from here!

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  13. These pants are so good! I love them!

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  14. love those pants! burda's versions are a bit odd with that triangular waist yoke beeing too prominent for my taste (i hope my sminglish english makes sense hehe) but i really like your version, yoke and all.. and i love that you chose linnen

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    1. Thanks Mokosha! I'm not sure why I went with the yoke, but I did and I'm glad about it. I'll definitely be making more! I've just discovered the delights of linen - so luscious!

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  16. Hello Kate! I wrote how much I love your outfit before, now I only want to let you now that I nominated your blog for Liebster Award. More about in my post: http://punktyodniesienia.blogspot.com/2015/11/11-random-things-about-me-and-my-sewing_54.html. If you choose to accept, then you will have to share 11 random facts about you, and pass on the cheer by nominating your favourite blogs with under 200 followers.

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    1. Cool! Thanks so much. I definitely accept :)

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