New project – tailored “Party Pant”

mum's sewing cupboard
mum's sewing cupboard

When I was visiting my family in Australia last month  I spent couple of days back in my country town of Walcha. My home in Walcha fills me with very fond memories and this little impromptu visit gave me a chance to affectionately rummage through my mum’s sewing cupboard and see if there was anything I could “borrow” and add to my own “sewing studio” in London.

What I love most about this cupboard is the vast array zippers  and fabric of all lengths and colours, patterns and bits and bobs carefully packed into the small shelves and drawers.  I can remember clothing being made for me out of the fabric still in here. My mum didn’t like to throw any fabric away, believing it could be used later in another garment. I didn’t borrow any fabric, though I did find a few patterns which I liked the look of.

retro tailored trousers and shorts
retro tailored trousers and shorts

Here is one of the patterns that I have borrowed. It may have been purchased in the 80’s, though I’m unable to find a specific date on the pattern- I  just love the shorts with long socks look – very much a 70’s- 80’s style

I’ll be using this pattern as a starting point for my new project –  tailored  “Party Pant”.

Retro fabric

I’m currently in Australia visiting friends and family and I have to admit I am kind of missing my “sewing studio”, the revving of my sewing machine, scratching through my fabric and patterns for inspiration… and also missing my boyfriend a lot.
I have had some luck, while visiting my childhood home to find some retro fabric which I will definitely be bringing back to London with me.

pink flowers fabricgreen swirl fabricThese prints will be perfect for another apron design or a skirt. Sadly not enough fabric for “party pant”; unless it’s for party shorts.