Monday, January 4, 2016

11th Day of Christmas - Work Clothes

Whooosh!  The New Year is off to a mixed start.  I needed to make a couple of pairs of work trousers - quite standard, I've made them before (two years ago in fact!) and am in need of some more.  I've adjusted the pattern a couple of times (it is a TNT McCalls 5239), I shaved off the edges last summer when I lost weight, and need to add it back on (sigh!)  So, I cut two pairs out - nice and simple elasticated waist, lined, side seam pockets etc.,



These are just plain black wool and I think that I've hemmed them a little long.  Grrrr.  You can see them bagging out as a result.  The hems are handsewn so I'll take a look at that during the week.  Shouldn't take too long.  Just grrrr!  The vest top is another Sorbetto with a gathered frill down the front (a la Tina Givens!) just for decoration.  Due to the colour, it will get worn a lot!

The coral coloured jacket is yet another McCalls 6169 and is made up in a rayon knit.  It is quite thin and floaty and will be perfect for work.  I think that it will work pretty well in Summer as well as it is so light.




Because black trousers are so boring, here is another look with a black cotton jersey McCalls 6169.  This is much heavier than the coral one above . . . . and beautifully shows off the white dogs hairs from young Nico.  I actually made this last December. I am wearing it with a lovely red scarf that makes me smile whenever I wear it!  Such a cheery colour.


The second pair are made from a black pinstripe wool/poly blend.  Maybe not so much on the wool actually, but the fabric is just delish - very soft and drapey.  The stripes are brown, bordered by skinny white stripes.




These are a much better length, but to my mind, the legs are rather baggy.  I probably should have gone back to the original pattern and altered that rather than the adjusted TNT.  They do look great from the back though and both pairs will be worn through the winter at work.

Whilst I was prancing about taking photos (Mr. SDSC was busying himself making a lovely late lunch - thanks honey!) I spied a wool, tartan (well, plaid) Patricia skirt by Tina Givens that I don't think I'd photographed previously.  I made this in December last year as well:


I love this skirt!

So, that's my start to the New Year - two pairs of trousers.  How about you?  How is your New Year shaping up?

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    1. Thank-you Janet - it was fun to make and it certainly gets a few looks when I wear it!

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  2. All nice...I especially like the skirt and the scarf. Two new pairs of pants...great New Year!!! :)

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    1. Thank-you and Happy New Year to you too!

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  3. New year new slacks, they look good and I love the scarf and skirt as well.

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    1. Thanks! I love going back to work with something new to wear - it is like starting a new tern at school and having news shoes or a new uniform!

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  4. Lovely pants - one has to love elastic waist pants with pockets in the sides - and so easy to make. Loved hearing about your fabric finds - I always stash up when I find cheap fabric. Good fun :)

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    1. Thanks - I'm ready for the apocalypse! Or retirement, either way, I have some lovely fabric to play with that didn't break the bank!

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  5. Your new pants look good. I *love* the skirt. It looks Ivey Abitz the way you have it styled. The fabric colors are perfect with your coloring. And wool! Cozy. What are the little bits I see sticking out at the bottom near the hem? Never mind, I just looked at Tina's instructions and they are little gathered rectangles. What a fun little detail. I'm still loving those shoes.

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    1. Thanks Dawn - I do rather like a lot of the Ivey Abitz/Magnolia Pearl garments, so I take you comment as a lovely compliment! The gathered ruffles are quite fun - having been taught to hide raw seams when sewing, make sure everything is even/symmetrical, it is fun to add these touches. I'm enjoying breaking the rules!

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  6. Great britches! The pinstripe is really pretty. OK, now I have to go buy the cardigan pattern! I'm so glad you posted it here, I love the lines. thks!

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  7. women..do you dress up for your husband at home?
    work dresses for women

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