Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good week so far?
I whipped up a pair of dark blue denim jeans a couple of weeks back that I have been wearing nearly every day since (although fear not, they have made it into the washing machine a couple of times!) I always think that’s a great judge of a creation- if you are reluctant to part with it for long enough for it to be laundered then you know you have got something right!
The pattern was actually one I worked out from a beloved pair of old Topshop jeans back in the summer. I picked up the jeans for £8 on a random sale rack in the store, I knew they would be tricky to wear when I bought them as they were a stone background with a rose print on- but the shape and fit were perfection to me. The jeans are high waisted, side zip jeans and slim through the leg without being legging- tight. They have enough retro charm to them to pair really nicely with most of my clothes but are still really classic and simple- well except for the print of course! Having put them on several times, wished they went with some of my clothes and removed them, I finally decided to sacrifice them and use them as a pattern.
I cut carefully along the seam lines, pressed each panel and then pinned each piece to some pattern cutting paper careful to keep the fabric smooth and flat. I traced around the panels along the seam lines (so not including any of the seam allowances), punched through any important markings using my stiletto (aka dart lines, pocket placement and zip end) and then added my own 1.5cm seam allowance using my pattern-master. Easy peasy!
I made the jeans up in some lovely dark indigo denim from Truro fabric, one of my favourite online fabric shops. I was careful to make sure the denim had a small elastane content as the original Topshop pair did. The jeans took less than a morning to construct and I love them.
I plan to make them up over the next couple of weeks in a gorgeous stretch grey wool- super cosy and soft and I think as trousers they should get an extra vintage look to them.
I am wearing them here with my Agnes and Normal heels but have also been wearing them with my little ankle boots and liking that combination too- plus it means I get to wear socks which pleases me greatly in this current chilly weather. Here I am also wearing my Kate Spade sweater and my Boden cardigan and can I just say I was SO nice and warm this day I suddenly wished I had a wardrobe entirely of twin- sets. They really were onto things in 50s!
In my last post a couple of you lovely readers very flatteringly enquired about my make- up. I was wearing my regular daily make-up, as I am in the pictures in this post. I have listed the products below:
Clarins Teint Multi Regenerant foundation in their palest shade which is 103 applied with my Real Techniques buffing brush that comes in their Core Collection set and is the softest brush in the world and synthetic so doesn’t absorb any of the product- super!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (one of the big downsides to being so pale is that tiredness shows up so easily on me. This is a great under eye concealer- and I have tried a whole bunch.)
Diorskin Rosy Glow Blush– the only blusher I will ever buy again, ever.
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in the lightscape shade (the palest one) as a highlighter and as my eyeshadow.
Bourjois Pinceau Eyeliner in dark brown which is such a dark brown it looks pretty much black on me but seems less harsh against my skin/ eye colour.
Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara in black on my upper lashes which I bought purely on account of liking the name but then kept buying because it works really well on my really fine lashes- I think it is because it has quite a dry consistency and so it doesn’t weigh them down like all the wetter mascaras do.
Last but certainly not least one of my favourite Revlon Lip Butters– this one is a soft pale pink called Strawberry Shortcake (what a great name for a lippie!) Its quite a nudey shade on me so good for everyday.
Those are my favourite daily cosmetic bits. If anyone has any other makeup related questions then I can happily talk about the stuff all day so please let me know.
Have you ever used a favourite ready- to- wear garment to make a pattern?
Thanks for reading!