Thursday, December 17, 2015

I Made An Outfit!

I'm trying to make more of an effort to make pieces that go together instead of random pieces that don't quite mesh with the other things in my closet. I made a Colette Moneta awhile ago that I was planning to wear with tights in the winter, but I never wear it in the winter because I didn't make the red cardigan that would look best with it.  This time I picked three patterns and three fabrics and went to work.

The cardigan is the Seamwork Oslo in ponte knit.  I'm underwhelmed by it.  I was roped in by the promise of completing it in 2 hours, so I overlooked the fact that it's really not my style.  I tend to like things with a little shape to them and the Oslo is the opposite of that.  I cut a size small but the finished result was not great.  I chopped 4 inches off the bottom (which made it too short) and took in the sides a bit but it still doesn't work for me.
I made pants! This is my first ever pair of pants and I feel pretty good about it.  Since I'm a novice I find myself in the position of not being able to tell what might be wrong with them or what I should do differently, but I'm trusting that I'll figure that out as I sew more pants.  I do know that they are the most comfortable pair of pants I own right now and I don't find myself repeatedly pulling them up at the waist all day.  I used the Sewaholic Thurlow pattern and Lladybird's tutorial which is so helpful. 
There are wrinkles on the backs of my legs but I did read that you need some excess fabric there in order to be able to sit down.  I'm not sure if I have too many wrinkles.  Thoughts? In the picture they look tight in the bum but they don't feel that way when I wear them.  The material is very cotton-y and has quite a bit of stretch but was labeled denim on Mood.  I'm pretty clueless about choosing denim on-line but I think I'll get the hang of it with experience.
I think my fly went together pretty well for my first try.  I can zip my pants so I think this is what it's supposed to look like. 
My welts went together well but one of them came apart on one side when I washed them.  I'll have to take extra care next time.  I've definitely got room to improve but for my first shot at pants I'm pleased!
And last but not least we have my third Sewaholic Granville (see here and here) in Art Gallery voile.  There's not a lot to say about it by now.  If you don't own the pattern, buy it.  And then make it over and over. 


  1. That's a great sense of accomplishment to make an entire me-made outfit! I agree with you about the Oslo cardigan. It doesn't look like your style and it's a bit too short. But, still something to wear around the house?? The color looks great on you!

  2. well done on the pants! the fly looks great. I don't think the back of the pants look too wrinkly at all, as you say, you need some ease so you can sit down. I'm planning to do a shirt early next year and thinking of the Granville rather than my usual pattern.

  3. Sorry I'm so late commenting, but I love your outfit! Shame you don't like the cardigan, but the three elements look great together. Maybe it'll just take a bit of getting used to a looser style? It does look lovely with the other things, and well done for all three! Jen