Jimmy Jams, Socks, Flinen Trousers and the Pattern Plus Pyramid
OK, so there is a lot to get through today, so better get at it!
Mr. SDSC and I had a very lazy day today - no shopping, cleaning, meeting up with buddies, washing cars or anything. A truly lazy day. So in honour of that, I chose to wear a brand spanking new pair of Jimmy Jam trousers (PJ's to other folk) that I finished last night. I used a soft cotton with a plaid weave (and no, I didn't even attempt to match any of it up) and my new McCall's pattern (5239) that is fast becoming a TNT. I added 2" to the waist for the fold-over elastic and stitched the side seams with 5/8" seams even though the pattern is altered to 1" seams. I thought that the extra space would be just what was needed!
I love this finish for an elastic waistband - there is a great tutorial here, and rather than use a twin needle, I used a three step zigzag and I am very pleased with the finish. It will be appearing again!! The only comment to add here is that the trousers looked like a dogs breakfast whilst I was stitching on the elastic. It was only when I had started the zigzag that they began to look a LOT better! So if you do try this technique, no wobbly bottom lips until you see how they transform when the elastic is sewn down!
Although a little creased, I am happy with how the back hangs on these, no bagging under my butt :)
And to finish off, another pair of hand knitted socks! This is a very plain pattern used with self striping yarn (Knit Picks Felici Sport) and as we are moving into warmer weather, I won't be wearing hand knitted socks very much from now on so I am making the most of it!!
Following on from these toursers, I am going to make another pair - a bit more fitted - with some lovely red (wannabe) linen - hence the name 'Flinen' (aka faux linen!!). If they turn out well, I have some mustard linen/rayon from Fabric Mart that will be put into use for a fabulous pair of summer trousers.
And finally - although maybe the most exciting news, is that I have won the current leg of the Plus Pattern Pyramid.