As I was reading the instructions I received a wonderful package in the mail. But before I get to that… I was a little dismayed to realize how many new techniques were involved for my PBS. I thought it was a straight-forward pencil skirt but this pattern involves welt pockets and buttoned tabs. On one hand I’m happy to learn new sewing skills but on the other hand I was hoping to quickly finish a skirt that will be great for winter. This will not be a quick project. I remember reading about Tanit-Isis doing welt pockets on her trousers. I will have to re-read her post since I will now be attempting this technique. I think I will practice on some extra fabric to make sure I don’t ruin my skirt. Like bound buttonholes the instructions call for the welt pockets to be completed first.
(This lovely welt pocket is courtesy of sewingbytheseatofmypants.blogspot.com.)
Now, back to my wonderful surprise.
So you can see that I received 5 patterns including 2 for hubby projects. The pajama pants and the tux apron. I decided to put a hold on the PBS and whip up Stein’s pajama pants quickly. The problem is that I followed the measurement guide and the pants ended up being MASSIVE. Stein actually broke into an MC Hammer dance while trying them on.
Because I’ve been existing between two homes; housesitting for friends and having things to do in my own place, I had to abandon the pajama pants also. I will have to work on them next weekend. Because they have no side seams I will have to take them in on the inside seams and hope for the best. Sometimes Butterick sizing is way off…
Along with those patterns I also received 2 dress patterns and a pattern for jackets. That puts my pattern stash at max and my fabric stash pretty low. I guess a good trip for fabric is in my future.
I buy fabric for specific projects. I have no stash of unplanned fabric. What is your fabric ‘sitch? Do you buy what you like and look for patterns after? Or do you find eventually it all works out? I don’t have a lot of space so that is my excuse for a low fabric stash. Does space play a factor in your fabric purchases?
What I’m listening to: Vesuvius by Sufjan Stevens