Trews and Frock

August 1, 2014

Older readers might remember my Trouser Quest last year, to find the perfect trouser pattern.  For me that pattern is New Look 6713, recommended by and borrowed from my neighbour.  After fitting and altering the basic pattern, I have made this pattern three times now and the latest version is my favourite.

IMG_3661Three quarter length and made of a denim that will outlast me, it feels super comfortable.

IMG_3662It even has red top-stitched pockets.

IMG_2782And a red poker dot waistband lining that you might recognise as left overs from the Spooky Doll Project.

IMG_2777Three years after finding a wonderful late sixties/early seventies cotton frock in a small town in New Zealand, I actually made the quick alterations needed to make it wearable.

It had been home sewn. The seams were not finished and hems and facings had been hand stitched.

The dress was enormous on me but the construction was so simple that all I needed to do was to move the side seams inwards by three inches on each side.  I added a zip in one of the side seams and took up the hem a couple of inches.

Then I froze for a couple of minutes to take this pic.  Our Dear Boy made the Lion Mask which has quite the look of a Sun about it.

IMG_3733As I listen to the thunder and hail on our tin roof tonight, this pic reminds me that summer is coming and probably all too soon.



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  1. Brave woman, getting your frock on in this weather!!

    Love the red topstitching and the polka dot waistband lining on the pants too – another win for New Look 6713 🙂

  2. You are an expert seamstress!! I love the red top stitching and also polka dot interfacing.

    The pattern on your dress is lovely. Good find.

    My Grandmother’s house in the country had a tin roof. Nothing like falling asleep under it in a rain storm!! Ahhh–long ago and far away—

  3. Love the denim, love the red stiching, love the polka dots, love the photos of you, Love the corregated iron, Love that old dress made new, and Love that sunny lion mask!!!

  4. Great trews!!! Nice stitching which can be the bane of our existence. Yes, I have a ‘perfect’ pattern and keep procrastinating
    for the cut and sew…must make a muslin! First to get ‘stuff’ off the loom :0 Always an excuse!
    I saw an interesting pair of trousers on a woman in the airport, they were grey linen and sort of flowing like yours were, 3/4 length. but with a wide (width and height) cuff on the bottom, just enough to slightly gather the trousers. Of course she was tall and slender and they looked fabulous. Woof Your dress is great I have one similar in shape that someone found and said, here, this will look great on you…and it does if I don’t gain an ounce!!!
    love your hair cut.

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