2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

July 15, 2010

ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN ISP...

First it's on, then it's off, on again, then off the next day, now it's back on again! I guess I'm officially addicted because I want to scream when I'm without my internet service! All I could do was grit my teeth because I'm certainly not going to pull out my hair (took me too long to grow it back). When the service is out, all I can think about is what I want to google but can't!

For reasons unknown to me my sewing hiatus has been extended. Since before my vacation the only sewing has been to finish the off white linen pants that were so close to being completed before I left. All I needed to do was sew on two buttons and hem the lining and the pants. I really love this fabric and wish that I had gotten more of it. It has such a smooth and creamy feel to it. I battled with the fact that the pants needed to be lined, but they turned out nicely and wore pretty darn good to boot. Here's a little self photography just before going to work . (I must have gotten up early that morning since I had time to do this.)




I think I could have hemmed them just a bit shorter. My TNT pattern still needs a little more tweaking because I am losing weight, and plan to lose quite a bit more-Lord willing. As I said, the pants wore nicely, but are just a bit large through the hip and leg area - (feels really good to say that). Since I started them a few weeks ago (I've lost 9 1/2 pounds & 5 inches overall). I might go under that lining to make adjustments - notice I did say might. All in all this slightly vintage pattern is working out for me. I do however feel that it's time for me to experiment with other pants patterns though. But I'll keep this old Simplicity pattern close by as my go to pants pattern when I need a pair in a hurry.

Got to make another trip, but hopefully I'll be really revved up to sew when I get back. Normally I get really concerned on the rare occasions when I'm just not in the mood to sew - but not this time. I have more than enough fabric, patterns, equipment and inspiration stored up in here to make major wardrobe impact as soon as the mood shows back up. I've got another month for summer sewing, and with high school starting in just a few weeks I really need to garner up some motivation. But for right now, I'm just going with it. Thank God that when He created EBB tide, He also made provisions for FLOW...

19 comments:

  1. I think they look really, really nice! Great top you're wearing with them too.

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  2. Love that last line (ebb & flow) :) Making pants through weight change is a job! Congrats on your downward journey!

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  3. So glad your ISP is fixed so we can see your new pants! They look fabulously crisp and summery.

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  4. Your pants are so pretty. I really like that top, too. Congrats on the weight loss!

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  5. I've been trolling the internet for hours looking at all the sewing blogs. Who knew? I had no idea there were so many out there, and all are an inspiration to me. Anyway, this random, but I glanced at your book wish list, and I actually have two copies of Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring. I bought one for a college course, and then ordered the other a few years ago when I couldn't find the book and needed it for a jacket I was making. They're both used copies, but if you'd like one, I'd be happy to mail it along to another sewer. Let me know where I can mail it. My email is elventryst@gmail.com Happy Sewing!

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  6. Your pants look great and make a nice outfit with the top. Congrats on you loss of weight and inches!

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  7. i love the lines of the pants and i also love the outfit :)

    we have internet problems where i am, too, and it does make one crazy and want to pull hair out!

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  8. Congratulations on the weight loss! Good going!

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  9. Nice outfit and congratulations on your weight loss! 9 to 10 pounds is usually a full size, so no wonder they are big! As you lose weight you'll need to shorten the crotch as well as reduce the width, but don't forget that if you pull up your pants you'll need to re place that length int he legs.

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  10. Have fun not sewing! (I am in the same boat.) Sometimes I just need to do other things.

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  11. Oh that's soooo frustrating when you have no internet access!! I have to run out to a Starbucks or somewhere for free access I'm that hooked! I love your pants and your top!! Very nice. They really don't appear to be long either. I guess it's total the taste of the individual. Good luck on getting your sewing mojo back when you return!

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  12. The pants look great! And as much as I don't like doing alterations, doing them because I have lost weight is ok with me!! Keep up the good work!

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  13. The pants really do look great! I love the top you paired with them. I'm sure after this next trip you will be sewing up a storm again!

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  14. Sew It Fits - Cecil7/17/2010

    Faye those pants look sharp! Did you make the top too? And I want to know your weight loss secret ASAP (smile)..9-1/2 lbs would be a dream come true for me. I'm really enjoying your cleaver phrasing about...ebb and flow and am sure your mojo will be back soon.

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  15. Hi Faye! I love the pants, look great. Big Congrats on your weight loss!!!! I get so happy when I read about others success with losing weight. Its been awhile since I've had time to check up on my favorite blogs... I thought even before I read your post "wow, Faye looks smaller!"
    Breaks from sewing are good.. you'll come back to it refreshed and more inspired than ever!
    God Bless and have a great weeks!

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  16. That is a really nice pair of pants! Very flattering and fashionable.

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  17. Great pair of pants. The lining is a excellent enhancer to a well built pair of slacks. Yours are beautifully crafted.

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