Thursday, 18 February 2010
Not the best photo, but I certainly wasn't about to model these! Just believe me when I say that they look better on.
Made using this free pattern, and some cotton that I've had lying around for about five years. They're really easy to make, even if you need to stop to learn how to make buttonholes properly.* The fit is great, although these are about half an inch lower in the waist than they should be. (I can't estimate inches accurately. Measuring using your thumb as a guide doesn't work well, despite "inches" being "duime" or "thumbs" in Afrikaans. Getting up to use a calculator or find my special tape measure, the only thing in the house that actually has inches on it, didn't occur to me.)
My mom had a pair like this that she'd made in the fifties, and we had them in our stash of Strange Clothes from Olden Times** for years. Somewhere along the line they disappeared, before I had a chance to copy the pattern. But now I'm seeing silk and lace and ribbons....
*Stitching a scrap of fabric behind the buttonhole - crucial.
**What do you mean, your family doesn't have a stash like that?