I deliberately didn't take my computer, no knitting or sewing. I had a complete break from everything technological which was very welcome. I know there are the necessities that we now have to do on-line, but we are on computers so much now, I felt the need for a real break from it all. With the weather being so good I didn't really miss knitting and so we had a very active, outdoorsey kind of holiday. We are, however, on a cusp as a family in that our children our now teenagers and you start to wonder what does it for them!
Anyway, with relaxation and rejuvenation in mind I thought I would share my last make before we left on holiday. They are basically track suit bottoms and they were great for travelling in.
I used the Papercut Anima pant pattern which was a quick and straightforward make. These paper patterns are lovely, they come in a brown cardboard flat box and the pattern pieces are in brown paper with instruction that can be formed into a little booklet. The box also has a 'coathanger' so that it can be hung up. Cute! The fabric I used is this marled grey jersey fabric from Clothspot. I only discovered this company lately but anything I have got has been great, What I particularly like is their descriptions of each fabric and clever little links to other matching fabrics.
The fabric itself is a polyester/viscose jersey with some spandex, is relatively light but has a soft cosiness to it. I really like it (might have to get some more) and it also washes well.
As regards the pattern it is straightforward, the pants have pockets, a fairly deep elastic waist and eyelet holes for a drawstring cord. I tried cord but it just looked a bit bulky so I settled for some fine Tessuti ribbon which works just fine. You can opt for cuffed or non-cuffed legs, I chose non-cuffed but they turned out at that awkward not quite flattering length, so I would either add a couple of inches or choose to put the cuff on. I think they are meant to be like ankle grazing but it doesn't quite suit me. Overall I am pleased, this will be a pattern to return to. I had also chosen a patterned jersey to make another pair but have chickened out so far. Haha.
Anyway I came back to my vegetable garden which seemed to have thrived in 3 weeks (as had the weeds, of course)
|Brassicas and squash thriving.|
|Peas & beans|
|First produce of the year (apart from salad)|
I may, however, have to call it the 'Alfie' as I see Alfie was wearing a shirt in this fabric at the birth of the twins in Eastenders. That guy's got taste!!