Anima Pants by Papercut Patterns

I have a personal rule that track pants are not to be worn beyond the letterbox (unless, of course, legitimate exercise is taking place). So it’s really fun to have something as effortless as track pants without the ‘I’ve given up on life’ look.

Anima Pants by Papercut Patterns | Offsquare.comWhile these pants are a little louder than I’m accustomed to (and it’s why they’ve sat in the wardrobe for a few months), with the addition of fun red heels and a racer back top, I finally get it. Like a lightbulb has just switched on. Patterned pants are fun and sassy and bold … maybe even sophisticated. Yes, I could get used to this.

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The Pattern

These are the Anima Pants by Papercut Patterns. To me the name sounds like Enema Pants. Yeah. Like Book Depository where I always think of Book Suppository. But I digress.

This is a beautiful pattern to work with. The pockets come together easily and are fixed along the top at the waistband, so you won’t have them moving around during wear. It is designed for knit fabrics, so if you wish to use woven fabric, it’s advisable to size up in the waist and hips. This is a surprisingly quick make and a good pattern for beginners to tackle with no zips or buttonholes to sew, featuring instead a false fly (don’t panic, it’s easy!) and elastic waist.

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I’ve made the pair with no cuffs, sized up for the woven (non-stretch) fabric and took in the side seams of each leg for a tapered ankle.

The fabric is just polyester and (thankfully) has less static than I had expected, but won’t crease with wear like some natural fabrics.

Do I Recommend It?

Yes!

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Oh, and heels with these pants are a must for outings beyond the letterbox, just for some extra attitude ;)

No Sew Tutu

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The internet is swimming with tutorials for No Sew Tutu’s exactly like this one. Maybe it’s because they are just so ridiculously easy, fast and fun to make.

What? You haven’t seen it 23 times elsewhere yet? Fantastic! Because I’ve also written a tutorial here just for you. Continue reading

Refashion: Linen Shirt to Skirt

 It’s freezing here today!  Not that you know it by the photo here.  My neighbours must think I’m crazy now (or maybe just crazier).  I took the above pic when it was raining and icy cold outside ’cause I didn’t like the light indoors.  I’m sure it’s snowing on the hills behind us today … brrr!!

So after my swift thrift the other weekend, I couldn’t wait to rip into this project.

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It’s wonderfully easy and makes the use of an existing hem which is fab ’cause I don’t enjoy doing those much.  In fact, projects have been left unfinished for weeks due to hemming procrastination **turning to view my pile of such projects**.

If I had a garish patterned shirt around, I think this would be the ideal project for it, so I’m on the prowl.

This is a good one for beginners to tackle and, now that we know what we’re doing, would take about 1-2 hours to whip up.

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How to Refashion / Upcycle Clothing – the very incomplete guide

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I hate sewing zips and buttonholes.  It’s almost enough to put me off a pattern.  So I often avoid them where possible, but realistically, all my clothes can’t be fastened with velcro or snaps.  Darn.

This is why refashioning is so perfect.  All the hard work is already done and I can just update the final look.  Ideal for lazy sewers (me!) and beginners too. Continue reading