Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tessuti Anita Ponti Pants

Jess is off to the States for a Bio-ethics Inter disciplinary Summer Course at Yale University - wow that's a mouth full.  Understatement to say that she's thrilled, especially the 5 days in Washington and 11 days in New York, prior to commencing her course.  So, she'll need a pair of good travelling pants.  Although it will be quite warm in New Haven, so I've been told, these pants will be useful when she returns home, as it will be winter.

Charcoal Ponti

In my stash, found this beautiful grey ponti purchased from Tessuti (can't remember what this was earmarked for) but this is perfect for Jess' pants.   I also found a beautiful purple brown ponti in the stash as well, this will be for me, later.

Tip (thanks to Pippa):  I always mark my fabric with sticky round dots marking info - BL - Back Leg  RS - Right Side of fabric.  This fabric is so difficult to determine right from wrong side that it doesn't matter which one I choose, as long as I'm consistent, and these dots are fantastic for that.   

The pattern is pretty straight forward and in the easy category so should be able to whip this up in a day.  I don't mind cutting and sticking pattern pieces together, especially if they match properly, as these do.

Cut out size 6 and shortened the leg at the knee, where indicated.  I sewed up one leg using 1.5 cm seam allowance and tried them on her.  She wanted them to be a bit firmer, so I sewed with white thread with a 4.5 stitch length and 2 cm seam allowance.   Sewed up the pants and fitted - they were perfect!!!  I now had to remove the stitches, but that was easy since the thread was white and the stitches long.

Overlocked the pants, although the instructions called for sewing, overlocking and then edge stitching to catch the seam allowance.  Pants are so dark that you wouldn't see the detail anyway, so opted to just overlock - which created less bulk in the leg.  Finished in one afternoon - not bad.  I highly recommend this pattern.  They are not a leggings but a very slim pant for ponti.

She was ready to go.....unfortunately didn't get the proper photos before she left, so I will do this on her return.

Tessuti Anita Pants - oh, and a new pair of shoes is on the shopping list for NY

"Did I forget something?"

Nah - good to go!!!!!
Have fun Jess!!!!!!  Love you.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chelsea Flower Show 2013 - Australian Designer Phillip Johnson for Fleming's

Now I have my "gardening hat" on - just to let the world know that WE WON!!!!!!

Yes, Phillip Johnson and Fleming's have won "Gold" and "Best in Show" at Chelsea 2013.  This is the nineth and final entry for Fleming's Nurseries.  This year's design, by Phillip Johnson, has won them the prestigious award - first time ever that all judges were unanimous in their decision!!

Winning Design 
If you don't know of him yet, checkout his webpage as the designs are amazing!!!
Congrats Phil.