So I made some shiny trousers and a top with a turtleneck. Perfect for the first - way too cold - days of spring!

ps. and I made a belt!

 

 

This might be the quickest sketch I've ever made! I drew the design with charcoal, which is really easy to work with. For the little dots on the shirt I used watercolor. To make sure you don't wipe the charcoal out, just spray hairspray over it after you're finished.

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I'm making two garments. The fabric of the top is a knitted fabric which probably contains a mixture of polyester and cotton (I'm not totally sure though). It's really flexible which means I don't have to put in any zippers or buttons.

The fabric of the pants is a thick polyester. The pants is almost the same as the denim jeans I made a while ago.

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For the top I used a t-shirts block. This block is a bit more loose than the bodice block I use for more close-fitted garments.

The design of the top is like a tank top so I drew the line of the armhole up untill it almost touches the neckline. Because I want the upperside of the top to be a bit more fitted than a actual t-shirt I drew in a dart. Now it stays more flat on the body. I've added 10cm at the bottom to make it a bit longer than a t-shirt.

To make the pattern of the turtleneck collar you have to measure the necklines of both the front and the back pattern. In this case those were 16.9cm (front) and 10.5cm (back). Both together are half the width the collar has to be.

 

Above you see me cutting the collar of the top. The fold line is on the right side of the pattern.

At the left you see me pinning the top together before sewing it. If you push yourself to always pin it first before sewing you'll always know it will be sewn straigth. Just saying.. ;)

This fabric was very easy to sew!

I'm using fusible tape to give the armhole a firm shape. The glue in the tape melts together with the fabric when you iron it.

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For the pants I'm using the pattern which I made for the jeans in the post with the kimono. There is no need to make a new pattern when you've already made a good fitting one.

For the innerside of the pocket I'm using a different fabric because otherwise the pocket won't be as smooth.

I decided to make the pants a bit shorter and put elastic in it to give it a sporty look.

To finish the jeans I put on a button and some rivets. Those little metal things aren't only decorative, they secure the pocket as well.

So I'm making my first belt ever! To make it a bit more country style I use two buckles. This means the belt will contain out of two loose parts. One part has on both side an ending with holes.

I'm using two layers of faux leather with a woven fabric in between so it will be strong enough.

To put the buckle in I've cut the strap in half so the prong will be in between two layers of leather.

If you make a belt you should make some belt loops as well right? I put them a bit out of the center so you will see the belt.

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