Hey, everyone! I hope y’all are doing well during these weird times. DD and I are hanging in there and enjoying the extra time to cuddle our kitties (who are ecstatic about us being home 24/7, btw).
I have a treat for y’all today… not one, but TWO sewing projects!
As soon as I saw this pattern when it was released, I was smitten. I mean, how could you not love this?
I wasn’t sure if the style would suit me, but I bought it anyway during one of Thread Theory’s Black Friday sales. I sat on it for a while, then Melissa of Mahlica Designs posted her version and I was sold!
The fabric is a mystery as it was a hand-me-down from my friend who was cleaning out her fabric stash. It’s nice and drapey, but has a slight itchiness factor (maybe a wool blend?). I figured it would be perfect to make a muslin and prayed it would at least be wearable… which thankfully it is!
I made a size 12 with a few adjustments:
- Sewed the side seams at 3/8″ instead of 5/8″ for more leg room since the fabric has zero stretch.
- Took in 1/2″ at the waist, grading down to the bottom of the pocket.
- Hemmed 1/2″ then 3/8″ instead of 3/4″ and 3/4″ as the pattern suggests.
Next time, I think I’ll need to do a full butt adjustment… maybe 1/2″ or so because there’s definitely pulling happening in the badunk area, as shown by the pull lines radiating out from Her Majesty.
Other than the booty, I think the fit is pretty good all-around.
Let’s take a look at the guts now.
Fairly neat… but in every pair of pants with a zipper fly I make, I somehow always have a bit of interfacing peeking out. I swear I cut all the pattern pieces correctly. *Shrugs* At least no one but me will see it.
I used beautiful floral Nani Iro linen scraps left over from my third Scout Tee. Keep those scraps, y’all! They come in handy!
Overall, I say my Lazos are just OK. I think the booty fitting issues and the fabric (I think it may not be the best quality) make it a little blah. Or maybe it’s how I styled them? I wonder if adding the over-sized buckles shown on the model will help it out. Or maybe the hems should be cropped more? Is it the color? UGH, I dunno. What do you think? What should I do for a possible second pair?
But, hey, at least they have roomy pockets! ❤
OK, let’s move on to my beloved Melilot!
I. AM. SO. IN LOVE. WITH. THIS. SHIRT. It’s perfect for the office, especially during the sweltering summer. The fabric might be cotton lawn?? It’s super lightweight and breezy. I bought it on my honeymoon trip in Paris in 2014. I finally got around to making it in 2018 before I left for Japan. As usual, I made a straight size 42 and it fits perfectly! I LOVE YOU, DEER AND DOE PATTERNS! ❤
Y’all, I wore the HECK out of this last year when I was teaching in Japan. I’ve also worn it on multiple interviews with my suit. It’s so comfortable and classic, but not too boring.
The pattern on the fabric reminds me of fireworks and my favorite color is purple, so yay! The buttons are from an old Express work shirt I threw out years ago. I still have a good bit of this fabric left over, so I can make another one if and when this one wears out.
I photographed these and another project back in March, and it’s taken me this long to post! Y’all, the struggle is real. Since the covid lockdown, my sew-jo and blog-jo have been STRUGGLING. Well, I guess it’s really life-jo at this point as motivation is super hard to muster these days. But I have been diligently working on other things and have had quite a few art commissions pop up, so I’ve stayed busy enough.
I have some good news to share… I got a new sewing machine! My poor Viking Opal 650 was having such a hard time since the Japan move that my lovely family got me a new Janome 3160 QDC! I’ve been diligently making masks for family and friends and making alterations for my mom in between making a couple of basics for myself. It’s a great little workhorse so far!
Ooh, AND I got a printer for my birthday, too! (It was a good birthday, lol). So now I can print my PDF patterns again! YAY! I’m hoping between the new machine and new printer my old sew-jo will come back. Or maybe the world needs to get right for me to feel right again… amirite?
How are y’all coping with everything? Has your sew-jo (or life-jo) suffered, too? Let’s remember that this is all temporary (gawd, I HOPE so) and better days are coming!
Hang in there! ❤