Lander and Paola

Hello everybody.  Thanks for stopping by.  Today I have a whole outfit to talk about!

I’m pretty happy with the way this has worked out – I’m not usually very good at planning my sewing, I get distracted by the latest patterns and the newest fabric without much thought as to how they will fit into my wardrobe.  So to be able to wear two handmade garments together is a bit of a triumph.

I made these True Bias Lander pants a few weeks ago and I just love them.

The pattern is easy to put together and the instructions are clear. I didn’t make any alterations other than my usual shortening. I did draft my own back pockets though because I wanted them smaller.  I also had an idea to use the fringed selvedge at the top just for fun and I am very pleased with how it worked out.

I am way behind with this pattern because there are so many fantastic versions already floating around the sewing blogosphere and I can see why.  They are really comfy but stylish and I particularly like the high waisted fit and those deep front pockets.

I got these fab buttons from Amazon – they were really cheap and you get about a hundred all with different printed patterns.

I have sadly failed in my endeavour to be totally organised with my fabric log so I have no idea where this orangey/mustard material came from.  It’s a sort of thick linen, no stretch at all and a rough woven texture. You could probably make a very nice pair of curtains with it.  It’s perfect for trousers and I love this colour.  Wearing any kind of yellow near my face makes me look like a corpse but I really like mustard so yellow trousers is a good compromise.

The fabric for the top I got more recently so I can tell you it’s from Croft Mill and it’s lovely.  Soft and fine with a subtle stripey texture and it comes in several colour ways.  It’s a bit of a pain to sew with because it really rolls up at the edges but it’s very nice to wear.  The Named Paola top is very quick and easy to put together.

The only alteration I made was to add a narrow band to the bottom.  As many sewists have mentioned, the pattern is really short – that didn’t matter too much to me as I’m only 5’3″ anyway but I liked the idea of a band with the stripes going the opposite way so I added one. The arms are a bit long but I like that cosiness so I didn’t shorten them.

When I wear these and look in the mirror I really like the fit but in this photo they look a bit baggy in the back … my fitting skills are very basic so I don’t really know what I would do here – any suggestions are welcome!

I am well aware how ridiculous my bright green Crocs look here but I’m always too lazy to change my shoes when I take photos.

It’s so grey outside at the moment that I decided to try a new posing spot in the garden to catch a little bit of late afternoon sun.  I’m going to include this photo because LOOK AT MY HEAD!!  It took me longer than usual to run to the spot while the timer was going so I think I must have got there just as it went off. HAHAHA!


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