Mimi G wardrobe pattern-
#1: T shirt in purple knit
Simple, loose fitting, V neck. This is actually the 2nd version. The first in a khaki green knit remnant form the Jersey Lady in Birmingham market, apparently originally River Island, was a bit of a mess on the neckband, and in any case, the missus stole it. I like the looseness of this T shirt, and the depth of the V. I don’t like the excessive width of the band, or the method of attaching it, which I found difficult to execute neatly [because I’ma slob] I prefer to sew it on as though to a round neck, then dart the front into a V. Shoot me. Nothing exciting, but I like that this is loose but not voluminous.
#2= long coat in denim, with purple/green cotton plaid to finish all seams.
It’s a bit of a faff doing this method to get a clean finish, but I couldn’t stand the thought of an open coat with scruffy seams on show. I do a sort of built-in almost-Hong Kong finish, by stitching the seams with a wide strip of bias overlaid…I line the binding up with the presser foot, so it doesn’t add bulk. I then trim down the seams as for a felled seam, but wrap the binding over instead of the upper seam allowance. All very tidy, and decorative, without the faff of HK. I didn’t bother binding inside the sleeves, just overlocked, but I bound the hem.
It took rather a long time for such a simple garment, but I think it will be useful in the autumn. I hand stitched all the hems, and those long facings, to prevent flapping. I’m not wild about the way the pockets look on the inside- I may need to fasten them down more securely on future versions…there will be more. I like the swoosh of a long coat, but as this is so nicely slimline, I think it makes me look taller, and is more wearable than something voluminous for work. A knit version next, and maybe a sleeveless one as well.
I’m peeved that when I shortened it by about 4″ [partly because that was all I could get out of the yardage] I forgot to move the vent opening up, so I ended with a teensy vent of only about 3″, rather pointless! Ah well. I like the pocket flaps which are purely cosmetic, as the pockets are in the seams.
I think this coat was thought out for a knit, as it has that front band piece as well as a facing…I toyed with the idea of decorating this in some way, but couldn’t decide. It may happen at a later date, who knows?
**I wore this out, hated the flappy pockets showing in an unlined coat, so handstitched them to the fronts in a nicely matching thread so it doesn’t show on the right side. Much better.
#3: wide leg trousers in heather-coloured herringbone fabric [could be wool or wool blend, not sure]. I bought this years ago, from Barry’s, intending it to be for the missus…but snooze and lose, now it’s mine! It is almost silky to the touch, slightly textured, and with a teensy amount of stretch for comfort. No idea on the content
I’m determined to make wide leg trousers that actually suit me, as I used to have several pairs, and loved them for work. As long as I team them with heels, I get away with it- flat shoes, and I look like a hobbit.
I decided to omit the fly front, belt loops and ‘proper’ waistband on these, and put on a stretch ‘yoga’ waistband for comfort and practicality. I’m all about the stretch these days. I took this waistband from the Greenstyle trouser pattern that I also haven’t blogged yet! Bad Fairy.
I’m not sure these are really me though- the size of my belly makes the front hang and flap from my gut making some weird shapes at the crotch. With a longish top over it will be fine though, very comfy.
So- trousers, maybe not, coat and T shirt yes please, more. Not bad for a single ‘wardrobe’ pattern.