Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hello Norma Jean

Time to catch up on some of my sewing, and of course I have being using my favouite designer, Tina Givens.

With Summer approaching it was time to make some light-coloured jeans, and Norma Jean looked to fit the bill.

Not such a good photo from the designers web page, but trust me . . . . !

I used an off white linen/rayon mix, some quilting fabric patches, and whoosh, I was off!  No changes to the pattern - it is oversized and baggy, and as I didn't want to change the fundamentals of the design, I left everything as it was.  Oh, I may have left off a patch or two, but other than that, no changes.

I have some hanger photos to follow, but this is how 'Norma' looks in action with a linen Jacqueline slip and a trusty McCalls 6168.  

The pockets are interesting - they are sewn into a cut in the front pattern pieces - they feel a bit like a kangeroo pouch to me!  I'm not sure if I'd bother using these pockets next time, I'll probably add some in-seam pockets or patch ones.  Nonetheless, they are quite fun.

Ah yes, a couple of cute patches!!!

I'm going to wear these a few times before I decide whether or not to dye them - I'm not quite sure if this off white is too bright.

Here are some hanger close ups!!

One of the 'kangeroo' pockets above!

A few patches . . . 

And my label!  The front and back pattern pieces are the same, so I always like to add a label.

These really are quick make and I'll be using this as my 'go to' for woven pants/jeans.  Love them!

How is you summer sewing coming along - or winter sewing for my 'downunder' sisters?


  1. ooo,ooo, I luv them both on you and on the hanger. And your patches are great additions. I've made one pair so far, but out of a stiff fabric so I don't wear them much at all. Now, I see I must try the pattern again with something more comfortable.

    Do post photos on the TG Makes pinterest board, if you'd like.

  2. How adorable, these look really nice on you. A fun outfit all 'round!

  3. These look great. I think I'm getting closer to trying some myself. Your photos really push me in that direction.

  4. I love them! I've had the pattern for a while and you've inspired me to try it.

  5. Hi there, just came over after seeing you on the TG FB site. I'm a Brit who moved to Ontario in 1998, dog lover (Shih Tzu owner), and a similar size too (how spooky is that, haha). I'm looking forward to following your posts as I love your style.

  6. Nice flowy linen for summer. So glad you have your pant's fitting all worked out. Hopefully I will be there soon too.

  7. They look nice and cool. Love your hair!

  8. Hi Twotoast! Just saw this and really love the pants. We are going into summer, so very topical for me, I am looking for a new pants pattern for light summer wovens.

    Congrats on the weight loss, btw, you look fabulous!


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