I took a break from the sewing machine on Saturday because I couldn't resist the warm weather. It was also a chance to wear my latest wardrobe garments. A walk to the grocery store with my husband was followed by an impromptu picnic.
My outfit was just the right kind of comfortable for sitting in the grass, drinking Aranciata, and people watching.
Twisted neckband tee
Last year, Liana posted a great tutorial on how to create a twisted neck binding - who knew it was so easy? I started with a basic t-shirt pattern (BWOF 2-2005-114 with the v-neck altered to be round, the same pattern I used for my stuffed neckband tee).
Cotton jersey in mustard yellow from my trip to G Street with Cidell. This became super soft after I washed it.
Notes on construction
I drew lines about 3/4" apart on the wrong side of the binding as a guideline, then pinned the top raw edge of the band to the bottom raw edge of the band, wrong sides together, matching the top of each marking with the bottom of the one next to it.
I love this! It's subtle but interesting. Also check out Sigrid's twisted neckline t-shirt - I love how hers looks with the wide band - very fashiony.
Drawstring hem pants
Linen/rayon blend from Ebay
Notes on construction/alterations
I removed about an inch lengthwise because I've found that Burda pants tend to be a bit long on me.
The casing at the bottom of the leg is formed by cutting the leg extra long, turning up the hem, and sewing two parallel lines. Buttonholes at the side seam allow the drawstrings to pass through. Burda tells you to use purchased "seam tape" for the drawstrings. I couldn't figure out what this was, so I made the drawstrings myself. Finally I realized that they meant for you to use "twill tape".
This is exactly my style of summer pant. I'll get a lot of use out of these.
My fly front Bermuda shorts are also done! I'll share those with you soon. Right now I'm off to finish the final piece for the wardrobe - a handbag.