These pics have been sitting around for a while and I need to post them. Earlier this year on Insta, I added the True Bias Lander pants to my ‘Make 9′ for 2018. I think this is only my second make from this grid and I really don’t foresee another being made, so I feel compelled to show them.
For this blog post, I’ve mashed the Landers with four new tops. Three are good, one is in the bin. I want you to think about this during the post and see if you can guess the wadder. 🙂
To start with, the Lander pants are ace. They fit really well straight off the pattern. I am not a fan of straight waist bands, but on the Landers, it works well. The curve, the leg, the rise – they are all really well drafted and fit.
I did make a few mods, but they were only to bring the pattern into my style. I know these pants are black and the detail might not be hugely obvious, but the main change was to omit those big mutton chop pockets. They just aren’t my style. I am seeing them more and more, but I don’t know about them. Instead, I just sewed regular ‘jean/trouser’ style curved pockets.
The other key change I made was to insert a fly front. I just drafted it myself and sewed it together, but there is a zipper expansion sewing pattern add on available if you want to do this. I’m not a big fan of button flies. Never have been.
This fabric is a true black denim from the fabric store. I was really excited to find this fabric, but now that they have been washed and worn a few times, I’ve realised they are more like a moleskin in texture. I don’t love the fabric and I guess that’s why I wear my persephone pants more.
Now the tops. The first is this self drafted, cropped tank (pictured above) made with poly scuba knit from Spotty. It was on sale. It was cheap. I needed very little…. but as it was a lazy fudge together top, there was a fair bit of refitting to make it work. It works though. I have made further modifications to the back neck since these photos and it’s fitting even better.
The second top is the Munroe turtleneck tee from Tessuti.
This is a freebie pattern and I like it. To trial the pattern I made it up in this cheap cotton knit from Spotty. My only gripe with this version, is I hemmed it too short, which doesn’t help with staying warm or wearing with regular low waisted jeans.
The next top is New Look 6107 in a rayon with flying geese from Spotlight. I have been holding on to this pattern for years, almost since it was released, but it never got a start. When I made my ‘Make 9’ on Insta earlier this year, it included the Nellie shirt pattern by Republic De Chiffon. Buuuutttttt…. I’m a tight wad 🙂 and buying a new pattern, a french indie pattern at premium $$, wasn’t feeling right. I thought this New Look one would work, but modified it to use regular buttons holes, rather than loops.
Unfortunately, it finished a little too low cut to be suitable for work wear. So I sewed a large flat pleat along the back neckline to raise the v neck. It mostly worked 🙂
Lastly, is my Kmart fix. I rarely buy any RTW clothes, but it appears I am not immune to the pull of cheap Kmart clothes.
Again, the neckline of this poly top was far too low to be appropriate for any wear. To fix it I sewed a large tuck in the centre front and stay stitched it to one side.
It works amazingly well and I hate to say that I receive heaps of compliments when I wear this top – Why??
So which garment is a complete wadder??
Well the New Look top is unwearable. I tried and tried to fix it, but it is now in the bin. boo!
We all still have fails!