Did you know I’ve never owned sweatpants before in my life? Somehow I never thought I’d need them. I have a pair of ‘chill pants’, one of those striped ones everybody who traveled in Peru 10 years ago had. I think they’re even my oldest piece of clothing that is still in rotation. I made my sweatpants as a first sample of a pattern I’m working on, and even though the pattern needs to be tweaked, I’ve found it really hard to take them off! They are so incredibly comfortable I want to wear nothing else. I understand the danger of sweatpants now, they make you want to ignore every style advise ever. Comfort is what you need on long cross-country drives though. Last week we paid a short visit to the Netherlands and for the first time I had the perfect hand made travel outfit for the 12 hour drive.
The past couple of days have not been the easiest. Friday morning we received some incredibly sad news from dear friends that had us shaken up pretty bad, even though we knew it was coming. Then at night, terrorists attacked Paris. There have been attacks before, but never so close to home for us. Shocked and horrified we followed the events as they unfolded Friday night. Over the next few days we went on with our daily life but everything seemed different, like a shadow hung over everything. To take my mind of all the sadness, I thought I’d start a new sewing project. There are three pairs of jeans on my project board and I’ve been procrastinating, so that’s what I started on.
Besides making my own clothes, I’ve also resorted to making things for Stef. I haven’t blogged all of his sweaters because it was the same pattern and that would get a bit boring. This one is new and also relatively new in the sewing community, so I thought I’d throw it out there. The pattern is the Paxson from Seamwork Magazine, aka Colette Patterns. The sweaters I’d been making so far were made with the Föhr by Farbenmix. I thought it’s be nice to try a raglan this time and it’s supposed to be a 1 hour project, not as much work as that plaid shirt that is also on his list.
Now that I’ve finally finished organising my sewing space, I thought I’d give you a tour! The unique challenges with a yurt are mostly it’s round walls made of a wooden frame and cloth, and the limited space. Plus it is one big room – I can’t make a mess and the just shut the door behind me. When it comes to sewing as a hobby, I think the challenge is that there are all these different parts of the sewing process that have their own requirements in terms of space and equipment needed. You need a place to sew, a place to iron and a place to cut fabric. And if you’re a designer, you also need a working desk and a place to draft patterns. Then there’s storage: for fabric, for patterns, for tools, haberdashery and works in progress, maybe even multiple machines. With the space I have I think I’ve pushed it to the limit, not feeling crowded when I sit at my desk and still being able to perform all these tasks. Enjoy the tour!
For a long time since I made my first button down, I have been striving to make the perfect shirt. I’ve made myself three other shirts since then, plus two for Stef, but I never felt like I did with that first one. I wear them all the time and each one looks better than the last. Making a classic shirt is very satisfying, there’s so many details and techniques to master. The thing is that my idea of ‘perfect’ has shifted and will probably keep shifting. ‘The perfect shirt’ for me then was a combination of the right fabric, the right pattern and discovering that I could make a shirt. Now I have so much more eye for detail that it seems ‘perfect’ will always be just out of reach. With this new plaid Archer I’ve come pretty close though, and maybe that’s just as good as it gets.