Monday, February 13, 2012

Anniversary New Clothes

So I haven't been knitting much lately (there has been some homeschooling research going on instead!), I HAVE sewn something.  And I have added patterns.  I shall probably do some posts on those later this week, but for now, I shall just show you my sewing ;)

The pattern was Du Barry 5416, a 1940's era pair of trousers and waistcoat.  I never did get the waistcoat made :)

Not that I was trying to, mind you.  I just really wanted a pair of vintage, high waisted, trousers.  I found some suiting in Joann's that I liked, and upsized my pattern a bit.

And this is how they came out- not bad huh?

I had a bit of an issue with the fly.  My fabric, pretty as it is, frays TERRIBLY.  Which meant my seams needed a little bit of extra protection.  Not confident enough to do French seams in a pair of trousers (this is my first pair) I opted to zigzag the edges.  But the fly... that wasn't going to work.  I ended up doing that double fabric thickness so I could hide that seam inside and give the buttonholes extra strength.  It looks kind of funny in this photo, but I assure you that is my pose rather than the trousers.  It was REALLY cold and I only tolerated a few quick pics!

A slow turn...

allows you to see this not so good rear view.  I am wearing a tank top under my lacy jumper because I didn't want to get too cold.  It shows under my trousers- that is what the weird line in back is.  They are actually very flattering in back given a better (not moving and weird hip positions)...

and the side.  I love them.  They are far from perfect, but the fabric is pretty, they are very comfy, and yes, I even put on a belt.  I think I would make them with belt loops next time though ;)

I wore them out Saturday, as we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary!
Cue the gratuitous food pics...

Every gal dressed in Vintage style needs an old diner to go to :)  This one has been around since 1929- oh originally it was in an old railway carriage, not in this building, but the Silhouette was the same ;)  This is the Virginia Diner, in Wakefield VA.

The food is old style Southern, and generous :)  Chicken fried chicken tenderloins with Spoonbread, Carrot Souffle and candied yams.  That's my dinner.  And breakfast, because we skipped that to eat here ;)

My husband chose an open faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and blackeyed peas.  He shared my spoonbread ;)

My 12 year old son gobbled through the two biscuits missing from this photo, ham, baked potato and green beans.  Yes, he is in a growth spurt.  My 8 year old daughter had grilled cheese and potato chips/crisps.  We took home a peanut pie for later.

The trip back was rather eventful.  A storm system blew through rapidly- this is on the Varina-Enon suspension bridge at Dutch Gap, Virginia.  It was strong SCARY wind gusts on this- with snow gusting every which way.  You can't even see much over the side of the bridge can you?  It is not like that normally!
Once we got home though, it was sunny- and there was not a whole lot of snow.  Thank goodness!

But the day ended rather prettily- with an amazing, blazing sunset.  Yes, the whole sky glowed like this :)


  1. Boy growth spurts are amazing. My son could pack away the food, and yet he lost weight in the end! I hope your son is spared the leg cramps my son went through.

    Happy anniversary! The trousers look great!

    Peace and Laughter,

  2. I love your trousers. They sit beautifully and the colour is lovely. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary too. Jacinta


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