Style Arc Tully Paper Bag pants


They may not be the most flattering silhouette, but I love paper bag trousers. There’s just something so different about them that I really enjoy.

So when I saw this pattern on Style Arc I decided to give them a go. I haven’t seen much about Style Arc’s patterns, but I really like the fact that they are so current in terms of trends etc. They have an extensive offering on their website and there are so many things I really want to try my hand at making.

I bought the Tully pants and the Lennie Overshirt. I wanted to try out the patterns and see if I liked the drafting etc. First off the bat is that you get the size you specifically order as well as the size below and the size above. After taking my measurements, I fell in the region of a size 8, my PDFs arrived with size 6 and size 10 included. The next thing is that the instructions are a bit sparse. Similar to Burda, Style Arc assumes that you have experience with sewing. They give you the bare minimum in terms of instructions and they expect you to know to do certain tasks such as finishing edges and pressing seams. The Tully pants also came with a few diagrams that help with construction, but I have to say that overall these were not a problem to sew together.

I know a few people who don’t sew pants at all, whether because they’re intimidated or have had pretty bad experiences in the past. I really enjoy sewing pants. I loved the experience of putting my Flint trousers together and these were just as fun. That said, I always have issues with pants. I have no idea why, but I have a tendency to sew the wrong pieces together. I’m always making the same mistake and need to have my seam ripper in close proximity.

With these pants my issues were sewing the two fronts together, not matching up the crotch seams correctly and the cuffs. The ‘hard’ stuff such as the darts, creating the paper bag waist and the elastic channel etc. was no issue at all. I think its lapse in concentration.

I love the fit of these. I used a lightweight tencel and its just summer pants perfection. They are really cool to wear and fit so well. I did the main construction of the pants then tried them on – this is how I always construct pants, it helps to get the fit of the legs right first, before moving onto the waistband. They fit really well right off the bat but had weird bunching in the centre. To fix this I took about 1cm out of the crotch seam. I’m never sure if this s the right thing to do, but it worked like a charm. So no complaints here.

When it came to the cuffs I was just undecided about how I wanted to attach them. I eventually just finished the edges, sewed them on and hemmed them. I’m not sure why I tried to complicate it. I love the cuffs; they’re one of my favourite features. They give this subtle bit of extraness to the pants and make them the absolute perfect length.

I enjoyed making these and I know I will enjoy wearing them too. I also have quite the list of Style Arc patterns I want to make.


Adventures in Adult Braces: February 2018

I had my last ever (hopefully) braces assessment and check up with my orthodontist this week! Can you hear the distant sounds of me screaming for joy?

They said last time would be my last adjustment, but you never really know until you’re sitting in the chair what’s going to happen next.

The appointment was very positive. My orthodontist is incredibly pleased with my result and has confirmed that the braces will definitely be coming off on the 5th of March. An end date! At last!

We had a look through my file and how my treatment has progressed over the last two years and it’s pretty amazing to see. My face even looks to have changed shape a tiny bit. My teeth have been moved over by quite a few millimetres, which may not sound like much, but it’s pretty huge when you look at the photos. My top and bottom teeth now touch on both sides of my mouth, which they didn’t before and my midline is bang on centre. According to my Orthodontist, this is one of the best results he’s seen. I’m not sure if that’s just for my benefit, but I’ll take it.

So now I go back on the 5th of March where they will take off the braces, attach a retaining wired to the back of my upper and lower teeth and take moulds for my retainers. I won’t see my orthodontist on this day at all. The next day I go back for my retainers and to have my last penultimate appointment and to receive the talk about aftercare and maintenance.

I need to see an oral hygienist as soon as possible for a thorough cleaning and polish.

Then I only go back in three months time for the final set of photos and x rays and to make sure nothing has moved in the interim.

Until I go back in two weeks I have to wear my elastics in the same formation I have been for the past month. I’m so flipping excited I can barely sit still. This is going to be a very long two weeks!

How we potty trained Willow

This post has been a long time in the making. But I wanted to make sure we were all finished before I put pen to paper so to speak. It’s official, Willow is completely potty trained!

On Friday we took away the nappy for night time sleep. And you know what? She’s been sleeping better than she has in months! I’m in a sleep overdose, state of shock. Who knew, right?

I know some people really struggle to potty train their kids and I was anticipating this would be a very long, arduous journey. But she completely took the wind out of my sails by adjusting to this just as easily as she has done to all her life changes. Really this child is a champion. She is so adaptable and I hope this is a quality she takes with her in life because heaven knows I struggle with change.

So how did we do it? Well, we had a lot of help from her school and I really believed that it made the process so much simpler. But we also did a few things at home that reinforced the message. For those attempting it on your own, here are my top tips:

  1. Wait until they’re ready. I have listened to so many moms complain about how difficult it is and I’m of the belief that they are starting too soon. Willow was almost three when we started. I had always been told that you start potty training the summer your child turns two. But willow’s birthday is in the middle of summer and looking back now, she really wasn’t ready at two. We started potty training in September and by the end of the month she was off nappies in the daytime and by mid-October, she wasn’t using them for naps either. It’s ok to wait.
  2. Introduce pull-ups early. Willow has been in pull up nappies during the day since about 18 months (I thought we’d be potty training sooner, so I made the transition early). I really feel that this helped Willow get used to the mechanics of underwear and she learned how to pull them off herself.
  3. Get yourself set up early. Even though we weren’t actively potty training I got the step and toilet seat adaptor early on. Willow loved to sit on it and we had quite a few instances where she made wees in the toilet on her own, especially after watching me go to the loo. Which brings me to my next point:
  4. Let your child accompany you to the toilet. I found Willow learned a lot by watching me and it gave her the opportunity to ask questions and I could explain to her what was happening.
  5. Get some literature on the subject. We got a few books about going to the toilet and would read them to Willow at bedtime. Often the story would prompt her to want to go to the toilet as well. This was incredibly helpful and you can reference the book during the day as well.
  6. Decide on a reward system. For us it was stickers. Willow loved putting the stickers on the chart after each successful trip to the toilet.
  7. Poos are difficult for toddlers at first. With Willow, she got the hang of number ones very quickly and it was a while before number twos followed. There are many reasons for this and it depends on your child how they handle it. Have patience it will happen. What helped us was learning Willow’s schedule and trying to time trips to the toilet to coincide with the great event.

Now onto the nitty gritty of toilet training:

Step one: Take the nappy away altogether. The school explained to us that there is a huge difference in how nappies and underwear feel to a toddler so it was best to go straight to underwear during the day. We made a big deal out of going underwear shopping. Willow got to choose the variety she wanted and that made her feel in control of the process. Get a lot of underwear, especially in the beginning because you will be washing a lot.

Step two: Take your child to the toilet every 25 minutes. It helped us to set the timers on our phone and A and I would alternate with trips to the toilet. Sometimes nothing happens and often I would take her and she wouldn’t go and then we’d have an accident not even five minutes later. It’s frustrating. But hang in there. Soon both you and your child will learn what the limits are and as they learn bladder control the time will get longer and longer between visits to the toilet.

Step three: Don’t push your child too quickly. We made the mistake of going out that first weekend and we had an accident in a shopping mall. Willow was embarrassed and it knocked her confidence a bit. Make peace with the fact that you’ll be homebound for a few days. It’s better for everyone. Take a change of clothes with you on trips for a while.

Step four: Ask if they need to go wee wee often. Kids get wrapped up in their games and activities and they don’t know how to anticipate the need to go to the toilet. By asking you remind them and often they will need to go. We also made it a habit to take Willow to the loo before we left the house or restaurant/shops/playground for a while. Just to make sure we were all set.

Step five: Road trips are possible while toilet training. I had one accident with Willow and it’s because we were stuck in traffic and couldn’t get to a service station in time. My top tip here is to factor in extra travel time and stop at every opportunity, especially in the beginning. These days, Willow only needs one stop about halfway through the trip or once every two hours.

Step six: Don’t worry about night time at first. We focused solely on daytime for at least three months. When it did come time for weaning her off the nappy at night we waited until she was consistently waking up dry. She was also waking up in the night to ask to go to the loo. I waited until all the craziness from Christmas and birthdays had settled down and then we decided to try. I had a frank conversation with her about sleeping in panties and she was so excited. I also try to cut down how much she has to drink after about 5 pm and we go to the toilet before bedtime. To be honest we haven’t had any issues yet and when we do I will deal with them. But each child is different with this aspect. Willow started sleeping better the instant I took the nappies away. She went back to sleeping through the night.

Wow, that was a long post, but I hope you found something useful in it and that maybe something we tried will work for you too. I found all the articles I read on potty training very disappointing and confusing. So I wanted to be thorough.

Sew Over It Alex Shirt


I have been lusting after the Sew Over It City Break Capsule ebook and the Alex Shirt since I first saw it over on Petite Passions.

Every single item in this capsule wardrobe appeals to me. But for some reason, 20 pounds seemed to be out of my price range. I put off buying it for ages. When I stopped to think about it this is really good value for money because you get eight patterns in this ebook. So I bought it and immediately printed the Alex shirt pattern.

I had this lovely printed chiffon sitting in my stash. I had intended to make something else with it, but after I bought the ebook I knew it would make the perfect Alex shirt. I think in the back of my head I had already earmarked it for this project which is why I hesitated to make the other one.

Now, printed chiffon was probably not the best choice for making this shirt for the first time. This chiffon is not overly delicate though. It’s got a lot of crinkly texture to it and it is very opaque – you can’t see my bra through it when I’m wearing the shirt.

Since it still frayed like chiffon I decided it would be best to French seam everything. This added a lot of extra work to the shirt but was well worth it in the end. I had recently made the Hey June Willamette so I used that method to construct the yoke and I used the tutorial on the Grainline for French seaming the sleeves. For hemming the sleeves and the hem I did a double turn up to enclose the raw edges. All of this resulted in a very polished, professional shirt and I am obsessed with it.

I am in love with the relaxed, loose fit as well as the colour scheme of the fabric. It looks great with a pair of jeans but I have also enjoyed wearing it with my Flint pants and my Veronika skirt. It is incredibly comfortable to wear.

This pattern is such a winner. I have already made a second one in striped shirting for when it gets cooler. I really enjoy the nice crisp finish on the second shirt, it’s completely different from the first.

The month that was: January 2018


The first month of 2018 is already behind us and I feel like this year has gotten off to a flying start. Already we’re so busy! But it was a good one. Here are some of the highlights for is.

Sewing – I haven’t made as much this month as I have in the past. I have been struggling to find that elusive balance between the things I want to do and the things I have to do. But I have managed to squeeze a few things out. I made a Grainline Linden sweatshirt in this lovely French terry, the Style Arc Tully pants in blue tencel and a Sew Over It Alex shirt in floral chiffon

Making –an effort to get back into the swing of things. I have been trying very hard to be a responsible adult this month.

Drinking – Sparkling water – it’s been so hot, but I have still been craving something with fizz, sparkling water has been hitting the spot for me.

Hoping – to get a big work project off the ground as soon as possible. It’s been slow going so far, but I’m finally starting to see some momentum



Loving – cool evenings out on the balcony with a drink. It’s been so hot lately that this has often been the only time to cool down and enjoy the summer

Hating – not much at the moment. We’ve had one of those rare moments in life where everything seems to have been on an even keel. It’s been lovely

Buying – Lots of fresh fruit and veggies. There’s just something about summer that makes me crave fresh, cool food. My favourite snack at the moment is full cream, smooth cottage cheese, fresh berries and a drizzling of honey. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.


Watching – my snail vine’s blooms develop. This is the first time it’s flowered for me and it’s been fascinating watching how the corkscrews grow.

Listening to – some great music. I have been in love with the new Jeremy Loops song Waves, which just puts me in a good mood every time. I also really love Wicked Streets by J Bernardt and 2 Heads by Coleman Hell

Sporting – neon nail polish on my feet, creamy nudes on my hands and a (faux) tan. I feel so summery.


Laughing – at Willow, she’s become such a little comic. She is constantly doing things just to get me to laugh.

Admiring – My almost finished Burda 104C Culottes. I’m making a white Viscose Hey June Willamette to go with it and I can’t wait to wear this combo.

Thinking – about my one-day, hypothetical garden. I love spending time in the garden and I have dreams of creating a more traditional garden one day. I want to fill it with gorgeous indigenous plants.

Realising – that I isolate myself too much sometimes. I always feel so good after spending time with friends, but then weeks will go by before the next social situation. We’ve spent more times with friends than we usually do lately and it’s been amazing, even for this introverted soul.


Planning – Willow’s box car for the annual box car race at school. A and I have already started putting cardboard and stuff aside for it. Right now it’s still this nebulous idea but I’m excited to make it for her. I’m also starting to plan her winter wardrobe as well as the gifts I want to make for friends and family. It’s a busy year ahead

Needing – to get back into a regular exercise routine. I’ve been very slack about it and I can feel it in my body. I also need to work on my posture. I sit too much and I don’t stand up straight.


Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #2


When I first saw this pattern, I’ll be honest, it didn’t blow me away. I thought it looked a little weird, to be honest, and I wasn’t sure how it would fit in with my wardrobe.

But then I saw the awesome pattern bundle on Indiesew for Autumn Winter ’16. It has so many patterns I wanted to try such as the Chi-Town Chinos, Bon Shirt and Lonetree jacket and this pattern was included in the mix. So I thought why not and bought the large bundle (Mostly because I wanted the Chi-Town expansion.

While wandering through my favourite fabric store just before Christmas I came across a whole row of bolts of French terry. Two, in particular, caught my eye – one I have sitting aside waiting to become a Linden sweatshirt. The other was this gorgeous mint. I had been tossing the Toaster Sweater idea around in my mind and I felt it needed something plain to really show off the design elements. So I pulled the trigger on the mint French terry.


Making this up was actually really easy and a lot of fun. It has this really unique folded collar that I was unsure of to start with but has now become my favourite feature. It is like a boat neck and funnel neck had a baby. I love it. As my French terry is quite soft then neck folds in this glorious casual cool way. It’s really lovely.

Another feature I love is the vented sides. These are finished with really classy, professional looking mitred corners (which I love) and then top stitched. I couldn’t find an exact thread shade match so I went with a very soft green and I love the look. It’s a very subtle, complimentary pop of colour that highlights the hem and sleeves. Plus my topstitching was pretty on point and I’m super proud of it.

Now let’s talk French terry. This is the first time I’ve sewn with it and it is lovely! It’s so soft and squishy, but it doesn’t shift around on you. Plus I love the fact that it doesn’t fray. This top is light yet warm and I think it will layer beautifully for winter wear. It is so comfortable! I love how it looks with a pair of high waisted skinny jeans.

I think this is my definitely one of my favourite things I’ve made and I want to make more!

Adventures in Adult Braces: January 2018

I am so happy to tell you that I have just had what should be my last adjustment on my braces! I cannot wait for this to be over and now the finish line is in sight.

My appointment went very well and both my orthodontist and I are very pleased with the results. Considering how severe my case was, the result is so close to perfect that it’s a little unbelievable. We had a look at my photos from when I had my initial assessment and it’s like my whole face has changed. I’m going to try to take some photos at my next appointment so that I can show you the before and after.

This next month will be all about ‘setting’ my teeth now that they are in the correct positions. The slight splay we were trying to correct from the last appointment is now bang on track which is great.

I had a very chatty assistant who gave me a really good run down of what she was doing this month. So I have a bit more info than usual.

All the blocks on my upper and lower teeth have been wrapped with a very thing wire. The aim is to give them a little bit more movement than they have had up to now, but still keep them in place. This will allow them to settle in place so that there will be no movement when the braces come off.

To assist with this process I am also wearing elastics in box configurations. The first box is across my top and bottom front four teeth and then I have a box on either side of my mouth around my top and bottom molars. I won’t lie, this is uncomfortable. Even though I have been given larger elastics, the three of them put a lot of pressure on my teeth. It s very tight and I can barely open my mouth, especially when I put in new ones. It is also making my jaw very tired. I have to wear these 24 hours except for eating and brushing my teeth. But hopefully they will achieve their purpose.

So what now? My next appointment is in four weeks where my orthodontist will do my final assessment and just check that everything is as it should be. If given the green light (he sees no reason why I won’t be) then my next appointment will be in two weeks where they take the braces off and take the moulds for my retainers. I go back the next day to collect my retainers.

I also need to make an appointment with the oral hygienist for a thorough cleaning and polish, especially after the past three months. As my teeth have been wrapped in wire flossing has been impossible and general brushing has been difficult at best. So I have a tiny bit of gum inflammation that needs to be addressed.

I am so looking forward to this being down and with an end date of the beginning of March, I am now starting to chomp at the bit. The braces will come off just before the two year mark. I am just really happy to be nearly finished and I am over the moon with the result!

Willow at three


I am still a little shell-shocked that Willow is now a three-year-old. How did time go by so quickly?

I really understand the expression “The days are long but the years are short” now. When you’re stuck in the trenches of parenting sometimes the days seem to drag by at snail’s pace, but then you blink and your child is three!

This last year was a fun one. Willow pushes and challenges me in ways that I cannot even begin to express. Some days I feel like every single on one my personality flaws are laid bare. I have more than a few occasions where I just haven’t dealt well with the situation at hand. I get irritable and shouty when I don’t mean to be. I have found the consistent discipline to be the hardest thing to achieve.

But then there are the bright, shining days where she is just so adorable my heart melts. She can get me laughing till my sides ache. She’s witty and so smart. And I look at her in complete disbelief because we made her. It’s difficult to fathom that this person with this strong will and definite preferences didn’t exist three years ago.

Here’s a snapshot of what we have been doing over the past year:


Willow is very strong-willed and sassy, yet sweet and compassionate. We went through a definite ‘mine’ period, but more and more I am seeing a really generous spirit coming through. She likes to share her things with other people, but she likes to do it on her terms. You can’t make her share, but when she does share it’s so truly sweet. She loves babies and children younger than her and seems to take them under her wing and look after them. It’s very cute.

Willow is incredibly musical and loves to sing. She’s singing a song about 90% of the time. They are usually ones she knows the tune for but she has made up her own words to. She’s still very partial to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but these days you’re very likely to here the Wheels on the Bus, Baa Baa Black Sheep or the Finger Family Song. I love it when she sings that because she sings the names of her family as well. One of her favourite toys is a plastic microphone we got in a lucky packet and she walks around singing and making noise all the time.

We’ve seen more temper tantrums through the end of the year and into this one. She does seem to be a lot more emotional these days, but they are usually short-lived and a quick timeout to her room is all that is needed in terms of discipline. That said, however, we have had a few times when we have had to take a firmer stance. I’m very grateful that this behaviour is not the norm, however. She’s a pretty happy, polite little girl.

We’ve been working on manners a lot recently and I’m starting to see some progress here. She needs to be reminded to say please when she asks for something, but she’s very good at saying thank you and will spontaneously say thank you for something you have done for her. We try and lead by example in the manners department and I think this has been helping a lot. She also says You’re Welcome which she sort of sings. It’s adorable.

We have entered the ‘All my Own’ period where she insists on doing everything herself. I try and indulge her as much as I can. I think it’s important that she develops confidence in her abilities, but I won’t lie, things get difficult when she wants to do something that is beyond her current abilities and could be dangerous, or that she can do, just not well. She’baulks at the idea of you assisting her in any way and this often leads to conflict. We’re working on it

We’re starting to see pretend play becoming more and more of a thing in our home. She loves to dress up in costumes and look after her babies. She’s also cooking up a storm in her kitchen a lot of the time.


Watching the iPad – we need to be very strict about her screen time.

Disney movies, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Dora the Explorer – she particularly likes movies and shows with songs and music in it. It’s so cute watching her watch Dora because she is starting to respond to the prompts.

Music – she is always singing and dancing

Swimming and the swimming pool – She always wants to go to the pool. Even when it’s freezing out. I’m really glad we have her swimming lessons every week as that provides her with an outlet. She loves her swimming teacher and now enjoys being in the pool even when I’m not there which is great!



Willow has had a major vocabulary explosion recently and she now talks almost from the moment she wakes up to when she falls asleep. She’s making pretty big sentences at least 5 to 7 words at a time. I can also understand her 90% of the time. She is difficult to understand when she whines and she does this thing where she speaks really softly when nervous or shy. I am amazed that she uses pronouns. She says ‘me’, ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘us’ and very seldom refers to herself in the third person. She can also say some pretty big words like ‘ballerina’. When I’m at the sewing machine she will often come up to me and ask what I’m making, enquire if it is for her. I’m frequently left to pick my jaw up off the floor.



We had a period where we had a lot of night waking, but that hasn’t happened in a while. However, my really great sleeper now fights going down for the night and wakes up super early (Well, not as early as some other kids we know, but too early for my liking.) I think she feels that she’s missing out on stuff and that sleep is for the week. She’s also trying really hard to drop her nap, which I am not ready for. I always put her down and enforce quiet time. Whether she will actually sleep is a gamble.



This depends on the day. In general, she has a very healthy appetite and eats very well. But we have days where she eats like a bird and I don’t know how she is sustaining herself. She loves most foods but still refuses to eat sweet potato. She will eat cucumber now, but not the skins. She loves sweet things and we really need to watch how many snacks she consumes during the day. The child has never met a package or hummus or cream cheese that she didn’t love. As its summer right now, ice lollies are a huge hit in our home. I make our own by essentially making a smoothie with fruit and yoghurt and freezing it in ice lolly moulds.


Potty training

I consider Willow fully potty trained these days. I can’t remember the last time she had an accident. She is very good at communicating her needs, although I do find it helpful to ask her if she needs to go every now and again. She tends to get wrapped up in a game and forget about needing the loo until it’s just about too late. She still wears a nappy at night but wakes up dry the majority of the time. It’s incredibly liberating to have a potty trained child!



Height: 101cm tall

Weight: 15kg

Clothing size: 3 to 4years or 3T

Shoe size: Mostly UK size 9! It’s a little crazy to me. It feels like her feet are so big!

Sleep: Approximately 10 to 11 hours at night. She will sometimes have a 1 to 2 hour nap in the middle of the day.

Average routine:

6.30am: wake up. She’s usually content to snuggle for a little bit and she gets a quick bite to eat and something to drink while I get ready for work.

7.30am: Get Willow dressed and get ready to leave for school/work. If its a weekend we may stay in bed a little longer and I may let her have some screen time before we get up for the day and I make proper breakfast.

8am: During the week this is when I drop her off at school. On the weekend this is when we will do an activity before we go out for a little bit. I like to take her out in the morning to go and let her expend some energy, as this will usually result in a nap later. We go somewhere with a playground or will go run whatever errands we have on the books.

11.30am/12pm: lunch time. Willow would have had some kind of snack mid-morning, but I like to keep snacks lower so I can be sure she will eat well at mealtimes. Lunch is usually some kind of leftovers from dinner or picnic style veggies with cheese etc.

12.30/1pm: Nap time. If I’m lucky she will go down without too much fuss. But if not then this is an enforced quiet time. The general rule is that she doesn’t have to sleep but she must stay in her room. She has books and toys to entertain her.

3pm: Afternoon activity. If it’s cold or really hot then we’ll stay indoors and play her dolls, do puzzles etc. If I can’t entertain her at all I may let her have some screen time. But as its summer time now afternoon time is usually spent at the pool. During the week she has two swimming lessons (Monday and Wednesday).

5pm: This is when I usually let Willow watch some TV. This allows me a little bit of space to start getting dinner ready.

6pm to 6.30pm: Dinner time and a little bit of play time before we start getting ready to wind down.

7pm: bath, stories and bed. How long it takes to achieve all this varies from night to night.

Handmade Wardrobe: Megan Nielson Flint Pants


A dodgy mirror selfie of me in my Flint pants. Worn here with my floral Sew Over It Alex shirt and a pair of navy strappy block heel sandals

I have to be honest, Culottes have never really been on my radar as something I really want to wear.

They bring back really bad memories of school uniforms (long story!) that has always left me turning my nose up at them. But then I came across these gorgeous ones by Megan Nielson and saw what the international bloggers were doing with them. I started to change my mind.

Then I came across this really gorgeous dark green stretch twill at Fiona’s in Randburg on sale for R90/m. When I saw the pattern for sale as part of the Black Friday sales I decided I would just go for it.

I had the fabric cut and waiting for ages before I actually started construction. Part of me was really intimidated because they were pants, and another part of me wasn’t sure my machine would handle it.

In December I took possession of a second hand Bernina and let me tell you it has rocked my sewing world. What better way to break in a new machine than to tackle this project?

I used Gutterman thread in the absolute perfect green and a large gauge universal needle. This was all perfection!


This pattern is so well drafted and as it doesn’t have zips it comes together so easily. There’s even a sew along on Megan Nielson’s site to help the construction and I found the posts on the release tucks, darts, hemming, and pockets really helpful. All in all, it was such a pleasant sewing experience.

I cut and made an extra small and made sure to try them on before I attached the waistband. This was a good thing as they were slightly too big in the waist for me. As the legs are so voluminous I decided to simply take in the entire outside seam by about 1.5cm on either side. I’m not sure if this was the right thing to do, but it worked like a charm. It didn’t affect the positioning of the darts or the effect of the wide leg but the waistband fit like an absolute glove now.

I did have an issue with the waistband though. I had it sewn on so perfectly and my topstitching was incredible and then I noticed that I had sewn the bow on the wrong way around. So I had to unpick the whole thing and start again. Since my fabric was quite bulky I had graded the seam allowances.

The right thing would have been to remake the waistband from scratch, but I didn’t have enough fabric. So I made do with what I had. It still looks good, but it was very late but the time I finished and my topstitching went skew. Ce lest Vie. My thread is such a perfect match that you can’t tell unless you’re super close. I still love them and have worn them a bit.

Because I used twill for this project my pants are quite structured, which I love. They are still really cool and easy to wear in hot summer weather, but I think they will transition well to colder weather as well. If you used something with more drape you would have a completely different look.

Since making these I have seen culottes everywhere; which is great as its giving me a lot of inspiration on how to wear these. This is a great project if it’s your first time making pants. I would recommend you be at least advanced beginner before tackling this.

Hello 2018!


Why, Hello there. Let’s try getting back into this blogging thing, shall we?

As I mentioned in my previous post the end of 2017 got away from me and I was left feeling really drained and overwhelmed. It was a challenging year. A lot of really great things happened.

We had new additions to the family when A’s cousin had her baby, close friends and family got married, we got to travel for the first time in ages, I fell in love with sewing and my dad had his knee replacement which we have been working towards forever. It just felt like everything that happened in the most difficult way possible. We had to fight for every bit of ground gained and by the end, I was just soul weary.

But a really great break, spending quality time with family and friends as well as a blogging hiatus has left me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the new year. This year has quite a few exciting things on the horizon as well. We’ve got two weddings coming up, hopefully, more babies to look forward to and A and I are hoping to do some small renovations to our home. No travel, but a more stable year is just what we need I think.

In amongst all that I have some pretty lofty goals when it comes to my sewing and of course, Willow will be sure to keep us on our toes. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

Speaking of Willow, the little munchkin turned three last week! I have a full blog post coming up on that. We didn’t do anything major for her party. My In-Laws traveled down for the day and we went to a really awesome restaurant that caters specifically to kids. She had tons of fun. She also had a mini celebration when we joined our close friends for their son’s birthday party (the two of them are 362 days apart), and we did treats and cupcakes at school when she started the year on Monday. There will also be more to come when we see my parents in the near future. She’s a very lucky girl.

So, that’s where we are at the moment. I haven’t got any new year’s resolutions to share. This year I’m taking everything as it comes. I want to try a new thing where I have a keyword for the year, sort of like an affirmation. This year the words intention and mindfulness are really resonating with me. I want to try and take them with me as we go through 2018. I felt very ungrounded last year and I want this year to be purposeful.

I hope that 2018 treats you all well. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great one!