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new trews

I really must kick this Mary Poppins habit. There will come a time when my children won’t thank me for it. Upholstery fabric is a good weight for patches, mind (even if pale grey is perhaps not the best choice for knees…). These patches are an Elanbach print from a dismantled sample book I snapped up a couple of years ago. There’s not much left now – at least I’m forced to be sparing with the pattern…

I’ve been doing a run on patch trousers this year and they always seem to start with the patches, then the contrast thread… and then – ah yes – the fabric for the trousers. This is the second pair of pull-ups I’ve made for Dilys. The first pair (just seen below) was part of an upholstery fabric patch and pocket two-piece made from a combination of fabric: some jumbo cords I wore when Tim and I were courting, one of Tim’s old T-shirts, a charity shop ‘Seasalt’ organic sweatshirt and a vintage flowery cushion cover (I am incorrigible…).

There is method in all this makery though. My plan is to make trousers that Dilys can pull down herself when the need arises (although we’re not always operating on that basis…). This second pair is ‘new improved’ – I lined them for warmth and comfort – it just happened I had some lovely soft matching grey bamboo leftover from making the tummy part of some maternity trousers. I also added a bit of space around the bottom and lots of length so that there’s some milage in the trousers – those turn-ups won’t be needed for more than about a month at this rate.

…But I got rather carried away with that Elanbach print, and a bit desperate to reach completion in the early hours – it’s most definitely not the right weight for elasticated waistbands (far too stiff and nubbly for baby tummies) – I will have to revisit that part even if it looks nice…

…but since we’re talking aesthetics for a moment – I was chuffed to see my very hip friend Anna’s grey and yellow scarf here (bottom photo on her post) – I think perhaps for once I must be ‘on trend’…

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