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Peach flip-turned top and slim brown trousers

19 April 2012, 14:08

In addition to my exercise gear you saw yesterday, I actually made another top and trousers the weekend I got back from Montreal! Since I wasn’t in a fit state for a photoshoot until now, I kinda feel like I’m clearing out the cobwebs here…

This top is another “Flip turned for a draped effect” top from Pattern Magic 2 (drafted on my Morley College course!), this time using the tulip sleeves from Jalie 2806 for a more Spring/Summer look. This is the third time I’ve used these tulip sleeves and I really love the look and love wearing them – they really make a top much more special than just your average short sleeve! I used a lovely orange marl viscose jersey from Tia Knight here that’s just sooooo soft and lovely to wear! Hurrah for an impulse purchase!

The trousers are from the March Burda magazine (#126), using some stretch cotton sateen I bought at Tissues Dreyfus in Paris last month. It looked black in the dark lighting of the shop, but I got it home to realise it’s actually dark brown, which was fairly annoying, as I wouldn’t have bought 3m of brown had I known!

This time when I made the top though, I made a small facing for the underside of the flip so I wouldn’t have to hand-tack the seam allowances down like I did on my grey version. I think it looks a bit neater here, but still not 100% perfect. C’est la vie.

I really liked the seam lines of these trousers in Burda, but I thought it was really missing a great opportunity for front pockets, so I inserted some into that horizontal seam, and they now span the front leg seam. And since I now had usable front pockets, I didn’t bother with the back welt pockets!

One thing that’s not obvious front the tech drawing, though, is that these are fairly low-rise in the front. I’m not a big fan of low-rise trousers, so this was a surprise, but it’s one I can live with. Also not apparent in the tech drawing is that there are no side seams on these. These are also strangely very snug fitting in the lower thigh (just above the knee, where the diagonal seams lie), which isn’t a problem I’ve ever had with Burda trousers before.

(This photo has been lightened to try and help show the seamlines!)

I’m not totally in love with these trousers – they’ll do as a nice wardrobe addition for a while, but I’m not reaching for them anywhere near as often as my grey trousers or my Jalie jeans.

The sad thing is that these trousers were the last thing I made before Bosco died, and I sat up on the garden deck on a sunny Sunday afternoon, doing my handstitching on the trouser hook while Bonk rubbed up against me and rolled around on his back in the sunshine. And as an added unforeseen tribute, I’d also made the pocket linings and fly underlap from the “naughty kitties” fabric since the brown of the print matched this perfectly. Little did I know…

Overall, I love this top (though I think I should put this pattern to bed for a while now!), and I’m just so-so on the trousers, despite the emotional connection sewed up in them. But when we sew, we need to have some good basics to turn to every day, or else we soon find ourselves with a wardrobe full of formal gowns and nothing to wear to the grocery store!

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  1. Love that top the detail is great.

    karen    Apr 19, 02:38 PM    #
  2. I actually think the trousers look GREAT on you… very very slimming and a great fit. I feel like making then too now only I never wear trousers in the summers here…

    Libby    Apr 19, 02:57 PM    #
  3. The top is really beautiful and I agree with Libby that the trousers look great on you. But I can’t take my eyes off the adorable shoes!
    (I don’t know if this comment is going to appear twice or not at all.)

    KC    Apr 19, 06:00 PM    #
  4. You totally rock those slim trousers; they look great on your runner’s figure! And the orange top is gorgeous! Love the tulip sleeves on a knit piece. I need to try that!

    — M Kate    Apr 19, 07:51 PM    #
  5. The top is beautiful like the grey version. I can understand the emotional connection you have to these trousers. Take care.

    velogiant    Apr 19, 09:12 PM    #
  6. Love this outfit. I have a similar pattern for the top from Vogue. Next I make it I will add tulip sleeves.

    Gail    Apr 20, 12:01 AM    #
  7. Great outfit, I really like coral and dark brown together even if it isn’t hat you had planned!

    allisonC    Apr 20, 11:03 AM    #
  8. I loved the pants when I saw them in Burda Magazine, but I thought the waistline was too low.Now I see that they are a perfect fit! They look lovely on you! Great job!I also loved your choice of colours , peach and brown,perfect!

    heidi    Apr 20, 04:24 PM    #
  9. I like the top! I feel like any type of draped or twisted top is soflattering and it’s not exception on you. At work, we always have a facing on the inside that is flat (with no twist). This secures the twist ad gives it a great finish.

    Maddie    Apr 20, 07:14 PM    #
  10. Looks-black-but-is-actually-brown has gotten me before, too. I don’t wear brown! I really love that top; the facing was a good idea.

    The Slapdash Sewist    Apr 20, 07:36 PM    #
  11. The pants look terrific on you and that top is gorgeous!

    gwen    Apr 24, 01:06 AM    #
  12. That is a great outfit! The pants look great on you – really! I like the peach and brown combination.

    Isabelle    May 1, 12:01 PM    #

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