Saturday, November 26, 2011

Quiet but busy...

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Alan and I had a quiet dinner and enjoyed the leftovers yesterday.  We roasted a large chicken instead of a turkey but the rest of our dinner was quite traditional.  

I know I haven't posted for a little bit, but I have been sewing.  An outfit to be exact.  LOL.  I finished another pair of the Burda jeans; this time in a brushed grey cotton twill with a touch of lycra purchased from The Cloth Merchants.  I'm in love with this pattern.  I did wind up cutting it down to an 18 and still took in the back seam (at the waist) about an inch.  Other than those 2 changes, that was it.  I used a brass 6" jeans zip from Atlanta Thread Supply.  I used 2 spools of thread threaded in my Ellisimo to do the top stitching.  I had a pretty paisley cotton which I used for the pocket bags and inside waist facing.   Again, I didn't use any back pockets or belt loops.  I don't use either so I won't spend all that time on something that won't even be seen much less used.  LOL.

Oh...I forgot; I did make one other change.   In the latest issue of Threads, on page 54, is an article on pocket stays.  Talk about perfect timing!  So I drafted the pieces as they show it in the article.  I really believe this gives my jeans a real, professional look on the inside.

I did use Debbie's Cooks tutorials on the waistband and the fly front.  

I think I have about 5 pairs of jeans in the queue to make with this pattern.  I won't ever purchase another pair of jeans since these are so comfortable.  In fact, right now I'm wearing the blue pair I made as a muslin for this pattern.  Love it!!!!

Now for the matching shirt.  In another issue of Threads, Gee I sound like a broken record.  LOL.  In issue 156, on page 36, I used their example of hem detail to add to my favorite shirt pattern Simplicity 2339.  Here are a few pics of it.

As I've said before, I really love this shirt pattern and have totally made it my own.  LOL.  The fabrics in the shirt all go well with the grey jeans and I've several more tops to make that will coordinate with them.


  1. Awesome. I've been thinking for a LONG time I should try making some jeans.

  2. Once you get a jeans pattern to fit, it's faster to make them than shop for something that's "right". I like the shirt hemline detail. Nice job!