Saturday, July 9, 2016

More TG Love!

I have been on a bit of a Tina Givens splurge recently - no surprise, right?!  And have some Violets and Holly Pants to share with you.

Firstly, I was really taken with this tunic from the TG Couture website:

I thought that it looked quite similar to the Violet, and as I have some similar coloured linen mix fabric, I made one up!

Mine is certainly different - I really can't get on board with the un-ironed look.  I really wish I could, maybe one day!

Some of the contrast linen and some printed cotton makes for a fun patch on the back!

I added a couple of ruffled strips to the back to breakup the expanse of fabric, as well as the fun patch on the back.

I've also made about three pairs of TG jeans, this time using the Oprah pattern, which is very similar to the Holly.  And I cut out the wrong size (the pants are cropped and they would have been a bit snug around my calves) etc, etc, no spare fabric.  Argh!  I had just enough leftover to cut a couple of 2" strips so I decided to make them into 'Holly's'!  As the strip was not long enough to run the full length of the pants, I pieced them together and highlighted the error with contrasting thread!

I do like my 'butt labels'!!

The legs finish just above ankle height and look great rolled up.  I serged the inside seams so the thread can be seen.  It's not really noticeable except for when you take a close-up!!

The fabric is a really lightweight denim, 97% cotton, 3% spandex and drapes nicely.  They have a dropped crotch - not too pronounced and are really comfy to wear!  The pockets are large patch pockets sewn on top of the fronts and caught in the side seams.  I lined them with 100% cotton fabric for strength and stability and they are rather lovely!

I do have some more goodies to share and make notes on - I just don't want to overload the photos.  I also noticed (or perhaps it just appears more obvious) that I have steadily been putting on weight.  Sigh.  I know that these designs are not conducive to 'flattering/slimming' and I really don't mind that at all.  What I don't like is my chubby face and arms so I will need to work on that . . . . .

How is your summer sewing coming along?


  1. As always, you inspire me to get sewing. We'll see if that happens. Those TG jeans might actually get me into a pair of jeans sometime between March and Sept. Nice save on them. It certainly looks intentional. I like the way the top is pieced together.

  2. What a wonderful outfit! Love the touches of embellishment.

  3. Thank you so much for posting your experiences with the Tina Givens patterns! I'm re-learning to sew after a few years away, and I discovered TG today. Just about fell out of my chair. I want to make them all!

  4. The "error" is fantastic and much in the spirit of TG I think :) I admire your skill; the stitches are beautiful. Really lovely.


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