Five months went by since my last post. I made a few more on Instagram but overall I’ve been rather absent. The pandemic and working from home have drastically reduced the need for new clothes…not to mention I haven’t been feeling like sewing much. In the past I used to go to my sewing room nearly every day…now months went by without sewing a single stitch. I have come to accept this phase…more or less. That’s why I haven’t been able to post much. Maybe you feel the same.
Despite the lack of sewing activity, sewing is still on my mind and I regularly follow what others are up to. That’s how I got inspired to finally sew these pants and bag!
This very flashy fabric is very special to me. It’s a gift and comes all the way from Azerbaijan! You can’t really see it from the pictures but it’s quite shiny and has a silky feel on the top and a cotton back. It’s actually made of narrow panels.
Ever since I got it I knew I wanted to make pants and I needed I simple pattern to avoid breaking the motif. When I finally got inspired to make them last year…and chose my trusty La mia boutique pants pattern I realized the panels were too narrow to fit the back pattern piece! So, I got demotivated and parked the project for a whole year
Then suddenly one day…the solution came thanks to a post on Instagram! a fellow sewing enthusiast posted a nifty trick that can be a life saver in these cases…you basically cutout a triangle section from the crotch area and piece together two pieces of fabric…it’s invisible as you can see by looking at my back. Finally my pants came to life!
Then several weeks later…I got inspired to sew a leather bag… I bought this and other beautiful leather pieces years ago from Lagarzarara a fantastic supplier from Italy’s leather and show district. I chose a simple design that didn’t require any hardware…the pattern is self drafted.
For the lining I used some leftovers from my pants…a subtle details that only us seamstresses can appreciated ;o)
So…here it is…a new post, two projects…this weekend some sewing is actually in the cards…I need to finish a shirt for my sister.
I hope you’re all well. I’d love to read your comments to hear how you are doing. I will be back as soon as inspiration strikes again…or if I manage to get my sister to pose for pictures.