I will admit it.
I am a girly-girl,I love dresses and skirts and pretty blouses.
So it wasn't that surprising that out of the four Winter Clever Charlotte patterns,the Raven was the last to be made up.
I was pleasantly surprised-and my girls are super pleased!
They love their Raven tops (Tilly's is suede and Liddy's is made of wool)
And today,while caring for a very poorly girl,I made the pants.
I used a rather robust indigo denim and I decided to top stitch them jeans style with a cherry red thread.
Matilda is such a mini moo I shortened the pants by an inch or so,mid length so I didn't alter the leg shape,and they were perfect!
I snip the marking as a fold guide.
Consider adjusting your stitch length back to a smaller stitch.
I like to use a pressing cloth to avoid scorching my sewing thread.
This is just one of three pocket options-I will blog the other two presently.
Transfer the pattern markings.
I used the ''snip and pin'' method again.
I used a pin as a ''stitch to'' guide.
I chose to topstitch.
The genius of the pocket lining is that they have the lovely detail on the outside but there are no hidey holes for sand on the inside!
Shake them upside down and all the sand will fall out!
I use my pattern as a guide,laying it over the piece and jiggling the pocket until it lines up.
I pressed the seam to the back leg and top stitched.
If you are going to press this seam open I suggest neatening before sewing the two pieces together. I also pre-clip my seams so that the are inclosed somewhat in the neatening.
Giving the fat seam a few whacks will soften the fabric and remove bulk.
Again,it may be helpful to pre-neaten if you are going to press the seam open.
But don't they look cute?
As directed,sew the front waist band pieces to the back waist band pieces,matching notches.
Press the seams open.
As I am top stitching through out this project I will be attaching the waist band in the opposite order to Charlottes instructions but still basically the same procedure.
I also like to interface my front waistband section rather then the traditional method of interfacing the waistband lining.
This would be a lovely place to have a pretty contrast fabric for the lining but bear in mind the weight of that lining fabric.
If it is too light weight the elastic will not sit nicely and it would be horrid if your pretty Liberty had washed and worn to holes and the denim was still sturdy and wearable.
I am speaking from sad experience.
right side of the waistband lining to the wrong side of the pants.
right side of the outer waistband to the right side of the waistband lining.
Pin and sew in place.
I topstitched around the top of the waistband.
I reversed over the seam a few times at the top of the waistband to make sure it was secure.
The pattern directions give great tips for using button hole elastic but my last lot was really dodgey so I will show you how to have an adjustable waist without it.
Using a large nappy pin,thread the pre-measured elastic(add a couple of inches to what is required) through the casing.
It can be helpful to trim off the corners of the elastic,it will thread more smoothly.
Alternatively,hand sew the opening closed.
Pin and sew in place.
Try the pants on the child for a length check.
Cute little tummy!
Love the curved waistband!
Plenty of room for growth.
Ravishing with the Chickadee blouse.
A Raving success!
Great pants-quick sew-awesome details!
They are a lowish cut so I am doubtful they would go over a cloth nappy(and Matilda would not oblige me and put one on to try)but they may fit over a disposable?
Liddy has a denim pair with green topstitching in the works and I am dreaming of a tweedy pair with suede trims and some coral silk for the lining for Tildy.
So go and get raving about the Raven!