|With Red Patent DM's - what else?!|
Pattern: Vintage 1970's Butterick 3289 by Betsey Johnson of Alley Cat, size Junior 7 with an extra centimetre added to the sides of the back pieces and 12mm seams all over.
Fabric: 2 metres of shocking pink chunky corduroy from Croft Mill at £6 per metre.
Zip: 7 inches, same shade of pink, found in the stash
Button: from the box.
|Dance like nobody's watching : )|
I already made up this pattern in a chalk-stripe moleskin so knew that it would fit with the adjustments noted above. I wear the chalk-striped pair a lot : )
I decided to have the cord nap running upwards rather than down, as the colour was richer that way up.
In total, these took me about 6 hours to make. Easy. I had to stop work on Sunday with just the hems and the buttonhole left to sew: the small matter of cooking dinner intervened.
|How many acres of fabric?!|
The Girl has no words. It is probably better that way.
FL chuckled and the words "clown trousers" were used, but he quickly corrected himself to say they were "lovely" and "very you"!
But actually, I didn't make these for anyone but myself. I saw that pink fabric and knew that I needed some madly bright and fun 1970's trousers, because although a lot of my cultural memories of the time are from black and white television, it was also the era of David Bowie and hippy rainbow-coloured idealism... in between the power cuts!
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that on Saturday, The Girl and I watched Control, a film about Ian Curtis of Joy Division, which definitely captured some of the grey truths about being young in northern Britain in the 70's. So help me. Call it catharsis.
Back to the trousers... the cord is perhaps a bit too widely-spaced: I do fear they look as if I had cut up a candlewick bedspread to make them!
And it is possible that they are a bit too Ziggy Stardust for my workplace...
|The Good Life: Barbara and Tom|
But as an upbeat, comfortable pair of trousers to wear at home around the farm they are perfect ... because don't forget that while my teenaged self was watching "The Good Life" on tv, wishing I could be Barbara, FL was living my 1970's dream right here, where we live today.
Back then, the hives were buzzing with honey bees, there were cows in the byres and hens scratching in the yard. I distinctly remember his sunshine-yellow terry-towelling t-shirt - mmm hmm! They don't make them like that anymore, do they?
That lifestyle is long gone, but there are still echoes around the place. There's a rainbow sticker on one of the upstairs windows and I found his 1970's copy of John and Sally Seymour's Self-Sufficiency guide the other day - fantastic!
Sadly there is no mention of how to make clothes out of old bedspreads.