A couple of years ago, Scoot was wearing holes in his knees like nobody's business, so I decided I should sew him some trousers. I bought a pretty basic pattern and a stack of cloth, and stitched up two pairs in blue denim as fast as I could. And . . . he hated them. I couldn't blame him. The pants were far too wide. I took them in a bit, and thought about altering the pattern. But I was discouraged, and never sewed him any more trousers. I just forgot about the other pieces of fabric.
I started with McCall's 5191 (which seems to be out of print now), but altered it a bit to make it look more like this (which wasn't discounted when I first discovered that I admired it. Can you tell this project took a while to get started?). I eliminated the front yoke, pleated the pockets and moved them down, added a waistline strap in the back, and curved the princess seams to make them look more, um, princessy. Since I didn't feel like shortening the sleeves, I put the cuffs on inside out, and turned them up. It was a fun challenge, and I only had to buy the buttons!
So, here are the jacket and skirt together on a lovely, almost-spring day.
Parable of the Pit
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