Friday, July 31, 2009

Simplicity 4097

I'm working on my jeans and have finished my pockets. It's the palmer/pletsch one I've stuffed up twice before. I know what you're thinking, "will you never learn?" Aah, let me think about that. No.

I'm thinking goldilocks, first time too small, second time too big, 3 times the trick. We'll see. If they're wadders I'll let you say, "told you so," and take it in good grace. Anyway, this time we're going for heartbeats on the butt. Kind of fun, that is, if I ever get to wear them. (the blue line is just a wash out marker used to trace out the pattern)

When people know you sew, good things and bad things happen. Bad things, "can you just take up / take in / mend this for me, won't take you a sec." Good things, "I've got these fabrics lying round, do you think you could use them? A friend gave me this tweed tunic she'd cut out for herself but a quick pin fit proved the maximum "compared finished measurements and your own very carefully." So I made it up. Simplicity 4097. It's not really my style but it's warm and fun. Seen here with merino wool House of G (Glassons) stripey top. Worn with jeans it's a fun ensemble. I wouldn't say the line running over the bust was in my best interests though. And the tucks underneath are a little maternity.

Still, won't look a gift horse in the bodice.


  1. I don't mind the tunic at all. Good luck with jeans. I actually have some denim and a jeans pattern but just can't find the motivation to start them. Consider yourself one up (or maybe threeup) on me.

  2. Giddyup!

    I like the ensemble. It's something I would wear.

    Coffee cups, heartbeats... what's next?!

  3. I keep hoping you'll make something with pockets - just to see what you decorate them with! Heartbeats are great. Good luck with the jeans.

    As for the tunic, I like it but know just what you mean about the maternity look. Could you sew the tucks down a bit further so they released over your stomach rather than at your bust? Or edgestitch each one to encourage them to sit flatter? Or is it just not a big enough deal to worry about?

  4. I'd wear the tunic with that striped top underneath (love me some stripes) all day long. I think you should prepare a zippy statement about the back pockets, like, "Looking at my sweet bum will send you into cardiac arrest." I guess you'd only want to say that one to your husband, though. LOL

  5. Wow - that's the best pocket design I've ever seen. I love nothing more that some good butt-based humor combined with a little sex appeal.
    I've been sewing furiously for two years and all my friends know it and I still haven't recieved any requests for hemming etc. They obviously don't trust me with their precious clothes. I have received garbage bags full of misguided fabric purchases though, along with some of the best fabrics in my collection.

  6. Thank you for noting that I saw the heartbeats on your jeans! I appreciate it and edited my post with a link to yours. Thanks for "letting me" borrow your great idea.

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