Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Horizons Alpine Trousers courtesy of Hong Kong

It only took two days from the time of landing back from Hong Kong, to wash, cut and start sewing up the fabulous mustard denim sourced from the Sham Shui Po fabric district. I will blog more about the trip separately, in the meantime this post is all about the trousers....




Mr K has a shortage of clothes lined up for winter, so a new pair of long pants was a must. I have made the Alpine pattern by New Horizons (formerly known as Terra's Treasures) before using the flat front version in the shorts length. This time I went for the long version with the faux fly. Tip: Cut on the solid black line for the crotch once you have attached the fly to the pattern pieces (I had to contact the designer to confirm this as it wasn't clear to me in the pattern and I always check before cutting!).

Here is the description:
The Alpine Trousers are a structured well fitting pant. They feature a flat front with elastic back waistband, side and back pockets and optional faux fly. Make them with contrasting fabric for an even more fun look. Also comes in Shorts length. Great for boys! Sizes 0-3m 3-6m 6-12m 12-18m 18-24m 2t 3t 4t 5t 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 included.

The pattern itself is very straightforward. I like the faux fly and that it comes in up to size 12. Mr K finds fly zippers and buttons annoying so a faux fly is perfect.

The mustard denim is a great colour and comes from a street vendor in Sham Shui Po. This was his fabric "shop" on the pavement.


The seller had little understanding of English. Prices and lengths were communicated via calculator. It was closing time so he wasn't all that keen to sell, however it was also my last stop for the day so I persisted and he handed me his long ruler to point out the fabrics I wanted. Of course, they were right at the back and he used a little step to pull them out of the pile. Nothing like climbing on a pile of fabric!




The piping came from a 'real' store around the corner or so, which was chock-a-block with trims.

To jazz up the pants, I added two designs, Blueprint Cogs and Clockwork Skulls from Urban Threads and embroidered using my Janome 10000.





 I used a little pop of colour on the inside side pockets.




These are size 10 for my nine year old Mr K.  There is plenty of room in the length and some space in the bottom/crotch area to fill out during the next year or so.

P.S. I won't tell you how much this denim actually cost except to say that the machine embroidery designs were the most expensive part of these pants!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kekya Lou Garden Party Wristlet

Kekya Lou Patterns, now called Michelle patterns, offer a cute range of purses and bags. This is the first time I have used her patterns and I made a Garden Party Wristlet.  I couldn't see the pattern offered on her website now. It is made for a child and the approximate dimensions are 18cm x 8cm x 15cm. The instructions came with photos and were designed for a beginner sewer.

This had been in my work in progress pile for a long time. It is now finished and ready for gift giving during the year. The outer fabric was purchased from Spotlight years ago, and the lining was from my stash.