Sunday, May 20, 2012

Oh pants!

Do you have friends with small children who find innovative ways to not swear in front of them? One non-swearing swear word I particularly like is “Pants!” - makes me giggle every time I hear it uttered.

 When I was still in school, I had a weekend job working at Arthur Toyes fabrics. At the change of seasons a number of the older patterns would be deleted from the catalogues. It was one of my favourite tasks to remove these patterns from the racks and take them out of their envelopes (envelopes only were sent back for a refund) because—although the patterns were suppose to be destroyed (a huge waste!)—the staff were allowed to take any patterns they liked (sans envelopes).

Anyway, fast forward a couple of decades (gulp!), I re-discovered some of these old patterns, including the one used to make the black wool-blend trousers. Circa 1982, wide leg and high waisted, with pleat fronts and side slant pockets. I also lined them to the knee. Super comfortable and surprisingly flattering to wear. Also wearing paper bead necklace from Uganda,  merino top from Glassons, and double belt from Luminary

The navy linen-cotton trousers I made during the christmas break, and virtually lived in them through that miserable summer we’ve just had (luckily, autumn has been mild and warm). I made the pattern several years ago but need to size up (ahem!). No zip, the pocket unbuttons and expands enough to pull the pants on. Stripe cotton top is several season old, from Max.

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