Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Finished trousers

I am finished my dog walking trousers, but once again I think they are too good to get muddy. The other thing about moleskin (not real moleskin, just given that title because of the feel of the fabric) it is designed to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer so lining is not an option.......this fabric stretches and goes out of shape with only one wearing, the pile goes flat and they generally look shabby straight away......cord does the same IMHO.......but these fabrics are ideal for what I want so I have to put up and shut up.I used chalk to transfer the markings from the pattern to my fabric.

I then thread traced so that I would have markings on both sides.
I used organza to stop the slant pocket from stretching and stitched it on by handusing a herringbone stitch.....I thought iron on interfacing would flatten the pile.
Here they are same as usual, I took a few pictures but they were absolutely appalling, this was the best one and no these are not my dog walking shoes lol
I went to Linton tweeds.....I mentioned in my last post......here is the fabric I bought, the assistant gave me some labels to stitch into my garments.

Sunday, 12 September 2010


I have been busy for a few months with our kitchen extension, it's nearly finished now but it shows the rest of the house up... that will have to be decorated now...... tut..... I'm fed up with it.....I am not that keen on housework.
I have been busy sewing a pair of moleskin trousers for dog walking ( the last couple of pairs of moleskin trousers were RTW and they are nearly thread bare so I am desperate for new ones) RTW moleskins are really expensive some are £120 a pair. I have the waistband to put on and the hems to do.
We went to Carlisle yesterday and I went into Linton Tweeds to see what their fabrics were like. There were some beautiful Tweeds and their wool crepes are lovely for skirts and trousers.....well I couldn't come away with nothing, could I? I bought 4 metres of black wool crepe for a pair of tailored trousers and a skirt. I looked at the Tweeds (for my first jacket) but I didn't want anything that had to be matched.....I ended up with a black textured wool with sparkly bits in it and what looks like little bits of ribbon woven into it. I have no idea when I will get round to sewing these beautiful fabrics.....it cost me £150. They were reasonably priced for what they described as couture fabrics..
There was a striped wool fabric in red, blue and cream which had been used by Chanel and this was the remnant that was left, not my taste, then there was a beautiful textured wool but it was in a sickly sweet bright pink which was also a remnant from Chanel.
I will take some pictures of my new fabrics when I get some time.
It is nice to be sewing, my wardrobe is getting very sparse and shabby so I really need some quick projects, I might sew a few knits.
The silk blouse in the post below has never been worn yet, for some reason I am not that keen on it......never mind, I might wear it next summer.