Questioning limiting beliefs + a pair of wide legged trousers

If there’s one topic buzzing around social media the past few days it’s the verdict on Me Made May.  Did you stay true to your pledge or fall off the wagon?  What gaps did you identify in your wardrobe? How about the burnout from daily selfies?  For me, the challenge went quite smoothly, actually.  The unusually varied temps allowed for me to wear the gammit of my handmade wardrobe comfortably; 61 pieces of it it be exact!  Only problem was that a few days into it, I realized that I didn’t exactly feel stylish in the photos I was taking.  (p.s. you can read my quote about this in the June issue of Seamwork Magazine

I realized that for the fear of never making anything I don’t love to wear, I’ve been seriously limiting myself in the styles I choose to sew.  I tend to be stubborn and fiercely loyal to my ideas.  So with practicality standing guard, I shun most trends from the get-go and stick to a few basic (safe) styles I feel suit me best.  If I’m honest it has become just plain silly.  Recently on the Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin, they discussed the idea of questioning the sometimes irrational beliefs that limit us, and it really rang true with me.  

That said, my sewing goal for the rest of the year is to step outside of my comfort zone and see how I can play around with new trends and adapt them to my current style.  I love a good hack, and since I didn’t even need to buy a new pattern to do it, I started off with a pair of wide legged Ultimate Trousers.  I loved the first pair so much, I decided to make a second and share them with you here. 

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Pattern: Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It

Fabric: medium-heavyweight linen (blend?)  remnant from Michael Levine DTLA; 1 1/2 yards x56” wide

Size: I used my trusty altered pattern pieces that have seen my through 7 iterations of these trousers.  From what I recall, they are a 10 at the waist graded to a 12 at the hips. I also changed the crotch curve to a J shape at some point on the advice of Lauren’s post

For reference I am 5’5”; bust 35.5”; waist 28.5“; hip 39.5”

Changes:  For the wide leg hack I added 10 inches each to the width of the front and back leg hems and graded out to meet those lines starting just below the hip curve. I think I ended up chopping off 2 inches from the hem for a cropped look.  I also used the waist facings to make a narrow waistband and button tab.

Verdict: I love them! The combination of a lighter color + linen fabric does result in some inevitable afternoon bagginess in the bum, but because they’re quite fitted at the waist and hip I dont think it makes them unflattering.  Overall I feel super chic in these trousers and picture myself sailing around the Mediterranean in them.

Late to the party, and how I got here

Hello there and welcome!  Sure, I may be a decade late but I've never minded being slightly out of fashion.  In this space you can expect to find pretty pictures of my handmade wardrobe and helpful anecdotes about the process.

The short story:  In late 2013 I received a secondhand sewing machine and was eager to fulfill a lifelong dream of making my own clothes.  The only problem was that I had exactly zero training and some very grand plans.  I turned to the interwebs for guidance and was elated to come across tutorials from veterans like Tasia at Sewaholic and Lauren at Lladybird.  From them I learned so many things, like how to add inseam pockets or a lapped zipper.  They were young, relatable and funny with some serious sewing chops and such a willingness to share and teach.  I was inspired, and just...grateful.  Honestly, I'm certain I would never have achieved what I have so far without them and so many others.  

So why the blog?  Why now?  A couple of reasons, really.  First, I hope that I may in some small way help a new group of intrepid sewists along on their journey.  You, know pay it forward and keep that free exchange of information going.  And second, I think I could benefit from the mindful consideration it takes to catalog each project.  To take a break before rushing on to the next thing and reflect.  My plan is to blog each new make and share anything that you might find helpful and inspiring.

Sewing is empowering and with the right resources, you can absolutely make ANYTHING you want.  Subscribe! Comment! Question!  I'm so glad to have you around.

Until next time...

April

wearing: Grainline Studio Archer in striped chambray from Joann Stores

wearing: Grainline Studio Archer in striped chambray from Joann Stores