Hello poppets! Isn’t it funny that sewing and blogging are theoretically such solitary activities, but that in fact they’re supremely sociable? I just got back from an amazing weekend in NYC with a bunch of lovely lovely ladies, who I already “knew” but had never met. Plus extra bonus: lots of crotch time (more on that later).
All trips to NYC of course must start with maxing out the credit cards at the Garment District. I found some $155/yard organza at B&J which I admired from a distance…
but ended up actually picking up my goodies from Metro Textiles and that consummate salesman himself, Kashi. From top to bottom: geometric crepe de chine; square silk; laser perforated neoprene (available at Gorgeous Fabrics, albeit for twice the cost of Metro); red wool, and blue wool. I found some black wool knit for a new Burda project, and the most intensely amazing emerald green cashmere for this year’s coat from Mood.
On to the main event! I was in town to attend Workroom Social’s Pants-making Intensive. The perky proprietress Jennifer met us in her beautiful studio, and proceeded to ply us with tacos, brownies, pizza, tacos and strawberry margaritas. Oh, and sewing.
And then, the crowning glory ….. IT”S PURPLE HAIRED LLADYBIRD LAUREN HER VERY SELF!
After I had a stiff drink to calm down about being in the presence of such sewing celebrity, we were able to hunker down to the task in hand: making pants. This is something I’ve never tackled for myself before – I made my brother some Thread Theory Jebediahs, but let’s face it, boys are all straight lines and smooth planes. I on the other hand am short waisted with a nice little tummy, slim hips and a flat and low bum.
Hence, garments straight out of a pattern look like this. Oh dear.
Luckily, Lauren and Jennifer were on hand to guide us through the entire process from beginning to end.
Lauren was most certainly very excitable on the subject of crotch curves, and can you really blame her?
I made up my pair in Robert Kaufmann denim, with wee little peeks of quilting cotton in the pockets, fly and my bonus welt pockets
The pattern we used probably wasn’t the best choice for my shape – in contrast, it looked stonking on the more pear shaped ladies in the class. However, I just ordered Simplicity Amazing Fit 1696, and I’m hoping this could be the lower-waisted, slim fitting pattern of my dreams… I’m also going to try the StyleArc Barb pants, as I’ve heard they draft more for my shape.
All in all, I had a smashing time. This class from Workroom Social was probably most suitable for advanced beginners, but as an intermediate-level sewist I came away with tons of fitting advice, a new method for fly fronts and welt pockets, and a sore tummy from laughing so much. Thanks to Jennifer for setting up such a fantastic event, and to Lauren for bringing some Tennessee flavour to Brooklyn!
We’ll be J crotch-buddies for life, darling. Don’t tell your Mum.