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A Patch in Some Trousers, or a Window to the Stars?

A few days’ ago, Mizz Winkens had a rather fabulous tutorial on her blog Greenjamjar, “Patching a Hole“. As Waif had just put a hole in the knee of one of his few remaining intact trousers, I thought it would be a great time to give it a go. Here’s the finished result:

patched trousers

I *may* have broken a few of the 1970s domestic science textbook rules like:

The material weight, texture and colour of the patch should match the garment as closely as possible.

I don’t have grey jersey. I have quilting cottons!

then there’s:

Make stitches as small and precise as you can so the patch blends in well.


Nonetheless, I’m pretty pleased with the result and so is Waif. He doesn’t have a patch on his trousers, he has a window to the stars:

window to the stars

And, even better, I finished sewing the pyjama bottoms. The legs are the same length and everything :-). And here they are, having survived their first night’s wear:

pyjamas survive their first night

Can’t be bad.

After this frenzy of domesticity, I said to my husband of 13 years “I bet you didn’t know you’d married a domestic goddess, did you?” To which he replied “Oh, I thought when I married you: ‘one day, she’ll stop reading all the time and do something useful'”. Humph. What a cheek 🙂

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Ongoing Pyjama Saga

After I wrote about what I thought was a terrible cutting out error when planning Waif’s pyjamas, my mum rang me up to say “don’t do anything rash, your pieces are right!”. And she was right. It seems it doesn’t matter whether your fabric is wrong-sides together or right-sides together when you cut the pieces! So, I set to work sewing the trousers together. I sewed the inside legs and the crotch seam. So far, so good. Then, somehow, when sewing the outside leg lengths, something went awry and I ended up with this:

mc hammer pjs

No offence to MC Hammer, but this wasn’t quite the look we were going for! ;-)!

Out came the seam ripper, and I resewed the seam the right way, and yay – I had an item shaped a lot like a pair of pj trousers! Unfortunately, when I called Waif in to show him, I thought “uh-oh” because I realised that these trousers looked much too small. Yep, they were a couple of inches too short in the leg, and in the crotch!! It seems that using the waist and hip measurements of a child to work out the correct pattern size only works when said child is not a skinny beanpole ;-).

Luckily, my very capable and creative mum came to the rescue again, with her suggestion to add a waistband to the top of the trousers, thus solving the problem. This being somewhat beyond my current skillset, I handed them back to her and here they are:

pyjamas with waistband

All I need to do is sew the elastic into the waistband, and hem the bottoms and (fingers crossed) Waif should have a wonderful new pair of pyjama bottoms. Phew.

In other sewing news, things have been a little more straightforward. I have completed the embroidery and quilting on my “What a World” quilt panel:

map completed quilting (9)

And completed two more sides of coloured hexies on my charm quilt:

hexagons 14 rings + 2 sides (2)
hexagons 14 rings + 2 sides (3)

It’s tempting to say I will stick with patchwork and quilting in the future…but I do like the challenge of learning something new, so I am not going to give up with the dressmaking yet!

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