Rock Werchter – it’s all about the Party Waistcoat

Rock Werchter is a 4 day Music Festival held in the little village of Werchter in Belgium, not too far from Brussels. My personal music highlights, to name but a few, were Florence + the Machine, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Howard, Wolfmother and Noel Gallagher & the Flying Birds.

I had been busy in my sewing studio for the 2 months leading up to Rock Werchter, creating some suitable “Party / Festival” clothes. With time quickly evaporating, I packed a bag of sewing essentials as we departed London, so I could do some last minute sewing on the waistcoats during the 5 hour drive to Werchter. Luckily I wasn’t asked to drive the car, as I may have struggled to sew on buttons and change gears at the same time!

Here is a selection of photos taken at the festival show casing “Made By Nomes” outfits. I would like to say a big thanks to my models – Angus, Dylan and Hendrick – you guys rock!

Party Festival Pant and Party Festival Waistcoat
Party Festival Pant and Party Festival Waistcoat
Party Pant and Party Skirt
Party Pant and Party Skirt – enjoying some beers

I must say that our Party Clothes were very cool – the show stopper was definitely the “Party Waistcoat” teamed with the “Party Pant”. Dylan and Angus had plenty of people stop and want to have their photos taken with them…. not sure if i should rename the clothes to “Festival Pants” and “Festival Waistcoat”?!

I also have a few pictures on my twitter feed @MadeByNomes and on facebook.com/MadeByNomes

For more info about the festival, you can check out the Rock Werchter site http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/

Green “Party Pant” for sale

I have just completed my second pair of “Party Pant” for my Esty shop !

green yellow pink party pant
green yellow pink African print "party pant"

This unique pair of casual unisex trousers, referred to as “Party Pant” have been made out African wax print cotton fabric with pink and yellow geometric shapes on a green background.

Made with an elastic waist and drawstring, 2 front pockets and French seams throughout for additional strength.  The fabric has been pre-washed to prevent shrinkage and colour run.

pocket drawstring green pink yellow pant
pocket and drawstring

These are for perfect festivals, lounging around the house and everywhere in between !

Size – M

Price – GBP 15 plus postage. 1 currently available (unless a made to size order is placed)
measurements
waist (unstretched): 71cm (28inches)
waist (stretched):  102cm (40inches)
top of waist to hem: 107cm (42inches)
width of pant at hem: 55cm (21.5inches)

I would like to hear your comments either via my blog or my Esty page. http://www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay Thanks

 

“Party Pant” for Etsy

This week I have been working on 2 pairs of “party pant” to sell in my shop on the Etsy website. The trousers are not yet finished, but here are some photos of the fabric I’m using and some steps in the construction.

orange african print swirl stitching
Stitching the side seam
green pink african print pockets
double stitching the pocket
sewing machine and party pant
my sewing machine and 2 party pant fabrics

Be sure to take a look at my shop on Etsy  http://www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay

First order for “party pant”

I have recently received a few enquires regarding the “Party Pant” and possibly making them for people other than my boyfriend.
So over the weekend I bought a pattern and took my first order for “Party Pant”. I have almost completed the construction of this first order and as of this evening I just have the hem to finish.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise of the first public wearing (scheduled for later this month); however I can tell you that as these are “Party Pant” they have been made from one of my many African wax print fabrics and I am using a Simplicity trousers pattern – unisex, multi size drawstring and elastic waist with 2 front pockets.

Be sure to check out the original “Party Pant ” 

Sewing with Selina

Selina popped around to my place 2 Sundays ago for a sew and take home workshop. She had in mind to design and make a fitted apron with big pockets which she could use during her up coming summer festival activities.

After an initial lunch break (food is very important before starting a project!) then some serious research, design ideas, some umming and arring and help for a top website http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/crafty_tool_belt our afternoon make and take home session got under-way.

stitching pockets onto tool belt apron
Selina stitching pockets onto tool belt apron

Using blue curtain fabric,  purchased cheaply from a North London charity shop as the base of the apron (strong thick cotton fabric) mixed with a piece of wild geometric print cotton our aprons began to take shape.

At least half an hour  was spent contemplating on the perfect size for the front pockets, a couple of cups of coffee later we opted not to follow the suggested 3 front pockets, and created 4 instead.

pinning waistband onto tool belt apron
pinning waistband onto tool belt apron

Sewing and designing is quite a energy draining activity, so we did need to break for a delicious BBQ dinner. Following our dinner break our final pinning and stitching began. The hardest part was making the tie/waistband – we didn’t follow the website instructions for this – choosing to do it our on way!

The finished product - tool belt apron
The finished product

The finished products are fab – and fit for purpose.
Selina will be using both of these at her festivals when she is running Boutique Babysitting

Introducing the “Party Pant”

SW4 party pant
The original "Party Pant" as worn at SW4

These trousers have been affectionately named “Party Pant” by our friends after their first public appearance at SW4 Music festival at Clapham Common 2010. I think the name is perfect and has stuck.

Version 1 – the original “Party Pant”

I’ve made one alteration since the initial construction – added 2 side pockets with closures. This meant a little bit of unpicking and restitching.

 

version 2 Party Pant
version 2 "Party Pant" as worn at Chemical Brothers - Wireless Gig

 

Version 2 – Wireless Music festival “Party Pant”

I love the colous in this fabric and the front pockets are really good. My boyfriend received numerous enquires on “where could one purchase such cool trousers from?” and Radio station Kiss FM were interested in whom/where they were made – “Shut up! ! ! You made these this morning!?”

3 of us were photographed by Kiss FM and we are on Kiss FM’s Facebook page in their photos from Wireless Festival, Saturday 2nd July. Be sure to check us out.

Check out some other African print designs www.madebynomes.com/2012/05/tribal-print-is-hot-this-summer/ and my Etsy shop where Party Pants, shorts and skirts in African Print designs can be purchased – www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay