Posting this, I’m as nervous as a Bake Off contestant approaching the Gingham Altar after a particularly gruelling technical challenge.
What will everyone think? Will it be good enough for The Handshake. You know, The Hollywood Handshake. Sure, I start every make hoping to be worthy of such an accolade. However, as things progress, you reach hurdles of a practical and philosophical nature.
Do I have enough fabric for some pocket improv?
Is gingham really me?
Gah! There’s a choice to be made between good bum fit and good pattern matching.
Instead of The Handshake, my sights are lowered to a “It looks a little informal but I bet that it tastes lovely” from Mary.
There is yet more self-doubt. Have I made the best of that interesting hem feature and the double sided nature of the fabric?
Finally, I begin to doubt the entire escapade. Checked trousers? What was I thinking! All these will be worthy of is a quip from Mel or Sue about how I’m wearing a Goth’s tablecloth. At least it’ll make my fellow makers smile. Oh, and I like them! The trousers that is. I also like my fellow makers. In the weird Bake Off/Sewing Bee hybrid that is currently inhabiting my imagination, I’m not that sort of contestant.
In conclusion. Thank you for organising a Ginghamalong Karen. I enjoyed the challenge and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made – be they technical, signature or showstopper!
Smallest print: As a special and exciting bonus for me, these trousers count towards my #VintagePledge2016. This is Make Eight. Here are makes 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
24 thoughts on “Goth Gingham”
Wow, they look awesome!
Thank you! It’s so sunny here today that they seem seasonally inappropriate. I think they might be good work trousers though…
Awesome trousers, fabulous fabric (I want some!). What’s not to love? I made purple and black checked viscose trousers as a teen. A dream to wear and totally awesome, I still love seeing checked trousers, especially this size checks. So to me you new pair are on top shelf.
Ah, thanks! I have a long-standing admiration of a colleague’s checked trews so I’m hoping they’ll be a good work trouser. I love the sound of purple and black checked trousers, I’d have loved some of those as a teen – and now!
What kind of fabric did you use? Is it a double gauze? Love the two-sided-ness of it.
I’m not sure of the fabric. It was described as double navy gingham I think. It’s crinkly in texture does that make it seersucker?!
Love these pants! I see a lot like this in RTW at the moment. The pockets just make them.
Thank you! I did sweat over the pockets as I didn’t really have enough fabric – I never have enough fabric – but I love pockets. And I wanted to try to get at least one element cut on the bias.
I think these are pretty cool! Perfect fabric for trousers! 🙂
Thank you, I lined them to the knee as I was worried that the fabric was too light. It’s worked out well though, they’re lightweight but trouser weight. If that makes sense?!
Fantastic work! Kitty approved: always better than the handshake. Cats are far more discerning, they don’t throw those handshakes out willy nilly.
Cat respect is hard won!
These look so comfy! You’ve done a great job. I love the pocket shape.
Ah, thanks. They are comfy.
Great yoga moves in awesome pants!:)
Thank you! I fell off that (very small) wall shortly after doing that balance…
Oh no! Lol:)!
Love your pockets and your use of the smaller gingham as bias tape.
Thank you. It does look like bias tape! I was much lazier than that… It’s just the reverse of the fabric, so it’s a tiny turned up hem.
Great looking trpusers! I love the gingham fabric you chose.
Thank you, I do like the darker gingham.
Seriously, maybe not a full gingham trouser suit, but a black ponte jacket, using the Womens Realm pattern, would be great. What a fab pattern, have you made any of the other pieces? seriously I have a thing for these magazine patterns that far outweighs the posher varieties!!
Love the trousers and yes, you do suit them!