I have had Simplicity 2654 in my sewing queue since seeing these trousers over on Flickr. Gorgeous, yes?
But every time I pick up the pattern envelope I find myself sighing in a dis-satisfied way at the 90's-ness of the look. And even though I know it can be overcome, because I have seen the evidence with my own eyes, I end up putting the pattern back in the box and picking up my knitting instead.
On Friday, I went one step further and cut out the shorts version, using a 1-metre remnant of navy / black wool. I was all set to sew, when the post arrived and what should I find in the Brora catalogue, but a terribly 1990's-esque pair of tailored shorts (£109). It was enough to put me off.
My daughter thinks there is no way I will ever wear these shorts, even if I make them, because they are too casual for work and too smart for home: "and you never go out, so there's no point in saving them for that!" I was trying to view them as a wearable muslin (to check the size before I make the trouser version) and had every intention of wearing them to the office with thick tights and my two-tone brogues. But now I just don't know.
So I am stuck.
Maybe I will make some pillowcases instead. That's a nice safe project from the backwoods of my queue! I am going to crochet lace edges onto them, like these. And I promise not to take them to work.