Salutations! Thanks for finding me here. Today I'm joining the Twisted Trousers tour being hosted by Laura of Titchy Threads.
The Twisted Trousers feature a clever, curved shape that has the appearance of a slim fitting pant but are actually relaxed enough to accommodate the big movements of little folks and the limitations of woven fabrics that have very little stretch. I've made several pairs of Laura's Small Fry Skinnies in the past, which are designed to be made using stretch wovens. It's my favorite pants pattern shown here in a harlequin stretch twill, here in knit denim and here where I re-drafted the lines to include ease for wovens. I have a hard time sourcing stretch wovens so even though I adore that pattern, I was pleased to see that the Twisted Trousers are designed for regular woven fabrics.
My little guy has been begging me for pink trousers for a couple of years and I've got some great canvas in the hopper for that purpose but it's nice stuff and I didn't want to hack into it until I had succeeded with a muslin. These here are made using sheets from Target and some lime green piping that I made using bias tape from Purl Soho and some narrow rope that I got from the hardware store. The advantage to making these pants out of the sheets is that they are "easy care" (which probably means that there's some polyester in there, eep) so I don't have to iron them when I wash them, which is something that bums me out about sewing garments with quilting fabrics.
I made a Rowan Tee to complement the pants in this Heather Ross strawberry print that I've been hoarding. I'm sure that you can grab some on Etsy if you're interested. It's from her Briar Rose collection. That little pocket is made from some fresh Alison Glass Handcrafted fabric, which will be debuted this weekend at Quilt Market in Minneapolis. I so, so want to go! But we've got some family obligations and no way to squeeze the ten hour round-trip in betwixt them. Sigh...
About that little pocket, though; it's just one example of the careful attention that Laura gives to each detail of her patterns. The Rowan Tee pattern offers more than 100 combinations to create your own unique top and shows you a cool little trick for getting a professional looking pocket hem every time. This is the sherpa-lined hoodie that I made using this pattern last fall.
The hat that he's wearing is one that I made for Stylo last spring:)
Laura's patterns make you a better sewer. They are cleverly, carefully written and chock-full of technical details and descriptive photos.
Be sure to check out the other folks on the tour this week and throughout the month! Thanks for stopping by, dear friends. I have missed our chats. Hey, are you on Instagram? If so, consider dropping me a line over there. The link is in the sidebar.