I have been steadily sewing since the new year, but super lazy in not writing or photographing much. Its been a mix of crochet, experiments in embroidery and a ruthless run at the ‘use it or lose it’ stack of clothes, and one piece has already gone to the charity shop when I thought of a use for it!
This pair of floral pants was not under any threat as I love the print. I think the intensity and balance are captivating, in general I am drawn to print, but rarely wear it as it always feels busy.
I also wanted to try out Simplicity 1278 for a while as I liked the look of the tucks, and it looked like there would be enough fabric.
I used the modern reprint, and traced my size out, using version b with longer sleeves.
The construction was straightforward, a lot more careful that I needed to be with the pleats and tucks, and tacked the markings. Its a nice use of fabric the few tucks are so effective, and very subtle.
The only real compromise in the cut was the sleeve, I could get the sleeve to below elbow and added a cuff. I was able to get a sleeve and front of the trouser fronts, the blouse back from the remaining two leg pieces, and the cuffs and facings from the lower leg with very little left over, and also a zip!
I used two buttons from the button box to close I cannot remember what they were taken from but they are rather cute, they are clear faceted plastic.
It was a relatively quick sew, and while I do like it and I will wear it, I am beginning to figure out that while I like prints, I feel a bit overwhelmed wearing some of them. I don’t really have many blouses, and mainly wear sweaters in winter, and summer tops in the warmer weather, I have not worn this as such yet, and in ways made it to expand the styles of clothes I wear in both style, and pattern. It does feel a bit busy, I had thought it would look well with jeans, but think its more for trousers, and the weather here is still rather cold so it may be a while before I wear it.
I would like to try the pattern again in a plain fabric, as the tuck detail is rather lost in the floral fabric, but rather impressed that I got a full blouse out of the trousers – inspired in no small part by Linda in Remake Remodel.