I have a love/hate relationship with sew-alongs. I love to sign up, I hate to follow through. something more interesting always comes along, or I get in a rut with a problem I can’t seem to fix, or I just get all teenage angsty and stop being interested. However, I love the deadline that drives me to make, I enjoy the camaraderie and seeing what other people create within the same boundaries, and I enjoy the aspects of having parameters to sew by.
So, this time, once again I signed up for group sewalong where we are sewing capsule wardrobes. I may be bending the rules a little bit, in that really I am sewing 8 items (a few many time over) with the intention for wearing them while bike commuting. Some people are sewing more of a “mix and match” wardrobe. Sewing for my husband is such a delight. It’s easier than sewing for myself, he loves what I make him and is vocally appreciative, he is hot so that makes my clothing look even better. There are many more reasons, why I love sewing for him. And he needs more bike commuting clothes so it just made sense.
The patterns on my list:
- Thread Theory Arrowsmith Tank Top
- Thread Theory Comox Trunks
- Thread Theory Strathcona Henley
- Collette Patterns Paxson
- Thread Theory Jutlands made into shorts and jeans
The patterns on my maybe list:
- Bootstrap Patterns button up flannel shirt
- Thick flannel lounging pants
- wool knickers/cycling calf length pants
- Simplicity men’s pullover
The deadline is May 31st so we will see what I can get done in time. I am hoping to make some real progress in April, because
my birthday is in May I have lots of plans in May. I have most of the supplies needed, at least I think I do. So it is really a matter of getting shit done more than anything else.
And getting shit done it what has been happening over here!
First up are these Comox Trunks. I love these! And my hubs does too, since he is the one wearing them that is what matters most. The grey bamboo knit feels so soft! I made two more, in a petal pink one with a teal waistband and with purple waistband too. The coverstitch eventually behaved well, after a stern talking too. The three thread stitch was awesome, and I may end up using that one more often.
Second, I made two Arrowsmith tanks. The grey is a merino wool, which was so lucious the bands around the neck and arm is a little too thick for my liking. The bluish grey one is an organic knit, and less stretchy than the wool. Weird. I trimmed it in a black cotton ribbing and it came out much smoother. He was willing to pose in these at least. Ha ha.
I ended up cutting the ribbing shorter, so it was more snugly fit around the shoulders. Which you can’t see because my kid insisted on being in the photos too.
I am off to whip up a merino wool t-shirt, and then the Paxson is the softest wool you have ever felt! EVER!
PS: If anyone has am amazing men’s slacks/trousers pattern I can alter for cycling knickers, hit me up. I can’t find one to purchase that is truly a “cycling knickers” pattern (not spandex, padded shorts, but casual attire.) When I road my bike to work, I altered women’s wool slacks into knickers from the thrift store. They make the best cycling pants!