Archives for the month of: July, 2013

I’ve now made William two pairs of Made By Rae‘s excellent Parsley Pants. Both pairs are made from cord from Fabrics Galore. Here is my first attempt:

Parsley Pants 1

I thought they worked rather well. The pattern is super easy and amazingly quick, given that it only really involves two pieces. I did the flat-fronted version, which might have taken ten minutes longer than the basic version. I cut the size for a two-year-old and didn’t make any alterations.

Here is my second go:

Parsley Pants 2

This time, I shortened the crotch length by about an inch, to fit under W’s little tummy, and added a few inches to the bottom of the legs (as you can see, I added too much. I also should have enough patience to wait until the morning, when W is awake, to hem the trousers. But I don’t). Still, these are great, and the product of only one evening’s work, from getting out the pattern to completed trousers. Score.

Of course, the second time W worn the first pair, he caught them on a branch and tore a huge hole. Result: Parsley Shorts!

Parsley Shorts

Much more appropriate for the weather we’re having in London anyway.



phoebe bag 1

So, I made something that isn’t trousers. It must be the heat. Anyway, I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out. This is the Phoebe Bag pattern (free!) and I love it. The shape (the reason I chose it, naturally) is absolute perfection and the size is exactly what I was after – it’s big enough to hold my essentials as well as a spare nappy and baby wipes for emergencies, but not so big I lose everything in it / end up lugging a pile of unnecessary stuff along.

It came together easily and only took a couple of evenings. I used a black linen / cotton blend for the outside (maybe from John Lewis? I think it was John Lewis) and I lined it with the poly gabardine that I used for these trousers. I know, I know, it *is* a bit garish, but I think I’ll manage to get away with it just this once. The only thing I’m a bit sorry about is that I was too lazy to change the bottom thread when I was top-stitching and so you can see my (slightly wobbly) black line on the grey inside of the strap and the top of the lining. (That’s why there aren’t any close-up photos!). Next time I’ll make more effort. And there certainly will be a next time.