Thursday, October 20, 2011

Outfit October

Well hello again! I have just come back from a lovely holiday in Central Otago, where one of my sisters live. Before then, I had set my sewing goal for October to sew a complete outfit. The first part of the outfit I had in mind didn't work out. That's a short sentence without a long story behind it, maybe for another post.

In the meantime, using 2 purchases from my holiday down south as my inspiration, I came up with the first part of an alternate outfit. I bought this *cool* tooled leather bag for $3 from the Ranfurly women's Catholic league, open Wednesdays and Fridays only and closed for a generous lunch break on those days to boot.

The second part of my inspiration was a hilarious pair of arm warmers - something I had never seen before but I've been wearing them ever since. They solve the problem of how to breach the seasons with short sleeve wool knits - you use detachable sleeves! I bought these from the Naseby craft shop.

Well tooled leather and arm warmers are begging for super snuggly fabric. I immediately thought of corduroy, mainly because it is so much nicer to put on than denim. The nights down south were still cold, with frosts, and the inside temperature of the crib (holiday house) dropped to zero (celcius) when the sun went down. The only way to heat the house was with a log burner and the hot water was on a coal range wet back so we had to light that too if we wanted any warm water.

I haven't been so cold for many years, the northern climate totally softening me up. Thank goodness we came in spring.

The pattern is one I've made before Burda 09-2009-113. It's the pair of cords with the interesting slanted pocket design, which you can see in the corner here.

I put binding round the pockets

and used the same fabric for the waistband inner, fly extension and front pocket lining

Put it all together and you get the first variation of Outfit October

I leave you with this shop display from the Maniototo ceramics club. Someone down there really loves china ducks. I just love the way they have been festooned with ribbons.


  1. That bag... what a score! I can't believe you would whip up a pair of cords like that. Brilliant.

  2. I have to agree, what a score on the purse. I also love the look of arm/wrist warmers. I have a lot of them favorited on Etsy. Unfortunately I will have to admire them from a distance, since I really have no need for them where I live. Anyway...your cords look great. Love how you used the contrasting fabric. The whole outfit is superb!

  3. Festooned is such a pretty word..I don't think that I have ever used it before.

    Love the arm warmers. I'm partial to a bit of dance wear fashion myself, and feel that my fashion life has not been complete, because I have never owned legwarmers. Their time will come.

    Great cords.

    Glad you had a good holiday.

  4. Zero degrees - indoors, whoa! You found some nice quirky pieces to buy. I am very impressed with your cords. I still struggle with trousers. I like the printed facing fabric, it's a nice detail.

  5. Great finds! That bag, $3, is killing me. I love your pants. I love the binding on the pockets and that you used it for the inside trimmings and fly. I've done that on a couple of items and I always get a happy when I go to put them on and see the fun fabric.

  6. Zero degrees? I would've made fur trousers. Although the cords are very lovely!

  7. I love the cords! They look awesomely comfy and cool.

    The idea of life without central heating terrifies me...

  8. Nice trousers. I have great admiration for those who can sew corduroy. When it is zero degrees inside my house (only one or two nights a year, thank goodness I wear fleece ones - also when camping), these will not be appearing on the blog for reasons of vanity.
    Print facings are a constant small pleasure.
    My only arm warmers are for cycling and have gripper elastic and lycra. I can see that I am missing out and need some cosy woollen ones.

  9. I'm totally jealous of your tooled bag and blue cords. They're both great.

    I picked up quite a few yards of blue babywale cord recently and a pair of jeans like yours are on my list of things to make.

  10. The cords are great, but the detail of the ribbon on each ceramic duck is the thing that just made my day. Great scores and what a fantastic holiday.

  11. I just love that purse - I bought a similar one on Etsy for $15, which I thought was good deal. Not as good as $3!

    I'm partial to corduroy (as evidenced by my blog name), but haven't made much with wider wale. Your trousers are great. Come to think of it I've made that Burda pattern in cord, too, but drab tan is not nearly so fun as the blue.

  12. I love your cords. Binding the pockets is genius!

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