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Thanks, Hilda!  I was pleased when Threads expressed an interest in addressing this topic.  On fashion sites, elastic-waist pants take a lot of abuse, with authors saying there's nothing worse, nothing more "old lady" than these pants.  I've certainly seen many examples of elastic-waist pants that deserve criticism because they are made of cheap fabric and don't come anywhere close to fitting.  However, for those of us who would never tuck in a blouse anyway, these pants are fabulous.  They can be made of beautiful fabrics from silk, to linen, to wool, to lightweight denim, so they can be suitable for every occasion.  Also, between the sizing charts and the instructions, they can be made to fit perfectly.  At shows, many ladies are surprised to find that I am wearing elastic-waist pants, since my blouse covers the waistline and there is no other evidence of the elastic.

The objection I hear most often is that there will be bulk around the waistline.  Typically, this is not a issue, but I have experimented for quite some time to see how the pants could be made a bit more sleek, and the method I came up with is explained in the article.  I use this technique on the MSS pants and One-seam Pants.  I also want to try it on the Relax a Little skirt; it would be easy to add darts and include a zipper in one of the seams.  I hope you find the article useful.  I thought the model looked terrific in the photos!

Sandy
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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tina Givens Patterns
« Last post by M lambie on Yesterday at 04:22:55 PM »
Beautiful outfits, twotoast! I love the blues, too. But I don't know if I have a favorite, they're all lovely. ;D I do like the variety of different looks you can get by mixing all these great pieces. You've created a really wonderful wardrobe for yourself. It's definitely a great inspiration for everyone interested in TG patterns and Lagenlook in general. :)

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Chatter / Re: The Summer Gazebo (S. Hemi. Winter Fireside)
« Last post by ljh on Yesterday at 04:15:40 PM »
Terri, how exciting-and yet kind of scary-that it is all happening that fast!  Best of luck to your DSis in selling her house at just the right moment.

Andi, years ago I read how women in the mining towns in the Colorado mountains would get together in informal groups and gather at each others' houses to do to whatever it was that needed doing that day (canning, deep cleaning, etc.) so they could have some company and get stuff done at the same time.  If only we were closer to each other we could do the same, at least occasionally.  Repainting a couple rooms?  Done!  Thorough cleaning before the guests show up?  Taken care of!  Weedy garden?  Not any more!  And it would be fun.
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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Peggy Sagers' Silhouette Patterns 5
« Last post by vtmartha on Yesterday at 03:52:57 PM »
Haha!  I am right on top of things today and noticed that the July POM is Sunny's Top.  Can you believe I already have that one too!  It will be the third POM that I've already purchased and I really don't have that many.  I replied to the email announcement which came a few minutes ago and asked how to make the change.  Now, to figure out what I don't already have that I need. ;)
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Chatter / Re: The Summer Gazebo (S. Hemi. Winter Fireside)
« Last post by andib on Yesterday at 03:36:58 PM »
Wow Terri, How nice that you DSis will be nearby!  I wish mine was closer, and neither of us is ready to move 1000 miles to be closer.

I think you ladies should come visit me too....bring your drought with you!  The weather people (man/woman) said that we had 23 of 30 days in June with rain, and we had over 9 inches!!!!  Usual is 3 inches for the month.  (I know that is more than the year for some of you!)

We have friends coming from London in a month, and we have MAJOR work to do before they get here! Haven't seen them in 5 years!  I will be working 2 days a week for summer school, so I am trying to get a move on it now.  I wish I had the energy Laurie has!

I started in the dining room, which I have overtaken with fabric , patterns and the cutting table.  The fabric boxes were actually too heavy to carry upstairs. So I have been sorting the fabric into smaller boxes.  When did I buy so much fabric (oh yeah, I couldn't sew so I bought more fabric!LOL)????

I am trying to get most of it upstairs today, as DH is off tomorrow and I like to keep my guilt under cover.  I would rather my mess be taken care of so he can see his mess!  After I finish my coffee I hope the caffeine kicks in and I can work super fast!

I am going to try to check in here less often (it is a good excuse when I need to clean ;D) so I hope all of us in the US have a good 4th.(sorry I forgot Canada day up north!)
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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Lagenlook Sew Along-Month 4: BOTTOMS!
« Last post by M lambie on Yesterday at 03:36:24 PM »
Beautiful work, twotoast! That skirt idea is very clever. And those are two very nice outfits -- love the dusky rose suit. ;D The floral trousers are so much fun!
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Erinalter[/b], congrats on finishing and well done!  :applause2: Your yellow top is so cute!! It looks great with the culottes, and what fun matching sandals! What pattern is the yellow eyelet top? Sorry if I missed the info earlier!  And on a very me-oriented note ;) the silhouette of that top + the culottes looks like something I might wear... hmmm... I just may have to revisit my past love of culottes and give this a try! ;D So thanks for the inspiration!

I do see people wearing culottes here occasionally (Chicago) but I'm not generally in good people-watching areas so I'm not sure how prevalent they are.

M lambie, the pattern for the yellow top is Simplicity 1425. i am quite pleased with it, aside from the aforementioned peplum, which just wasn't me;) as for a similar silhouette, i hadn't noticed, but you are quite right! i'm in st. Louis, and i haven't spotted the culottes yet, but trends tend to take quite a while to make their way all the way here.
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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Lagenlook Sew Along-Month 6: Dresses & Slips!
« Last post by M lambie on Yesterday at 03:33:15 PM »
Rivergum, that is a fantastic tunic and outfit! I love that combo, it looks so architectural. Well done! I imagine that tunic is very versatile as well.

It's funny how we get adjusted to different weather... It's about 18C/65F here this morning and I am happily sitting with the windows open in a sleeveless top and cotton/linen skirt! ;D I love the cooler weather and won't break out the wool until it's gone below 50F/10C.

Jafael, lovely edging and clever too as it will serve the same function as a plain zigzag. Thanks also for posting your experience with the 44" fabric. Enjoy playing with new techniques and shapes! It is so much fun! ;D I bet the dress will be gorgeous (and comfy!!) when it's done.

Becca_doll, I'm glad you are reunited with your sewing machines and fabric. ;D Happy sewing! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make.
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I have thought about this machine a great deal and have decided to keep it so I will remove it from the list, if ever anyone really wants one of these machines I will think again, it really does stitch the most amazing quality stitch.
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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Summer 2015 6PAC (6-Piece Sewalong, May-July)
« Last post by M lambie on Yesterday at 03:22:28 PM »
Suzy117, that is a beautiful linen outfit! The new shell looks so pretty with the jacket and pants. I like what you did with the contrast band on the jacket and how it matches the shell. Lovely! And don't worry, long answers with sewing details are great! ;D

Erinalter
, congrats on finishing and well done!  :applause2: Your yellow top is so cute!! It looks great with the culottes, and what fun matching sandals! What pattern is the yellow eyelet top? Sorry if I missed the info earlier!  And on a very me-oriented note ;) the silhouette of that top + the culottes looks like something I might wear... hmmm... I just may have to revisit my past love of culottes and give this a try! ;D So thanks for the inspiration!

I do see people wearing culottes here occasionally (Chicago) but I'm not generally in good people-watching areas so I'm not sure how prevalent they are.

Karleene, good job on the four tops. It just makes sense to sew what we need although planning a 6-PAC is a lot of fun. :)

Helen M
, ditto the above ;D and I hope your new tops are coming along well.

CCL I'm glad all your knit-top-sewing practice is paying off! ;D Also, thanks for your comment about my new skirt + top combos. I appreciate the specific feedback. :)

Regarding my own summer plan, I'll start sewing again this weekend and I'm trying to finalize my fabrics (again LOL). I think the plaid is back IN this 6-PAC. I'm not sure about the layers at all now... I think I wore a bolero once in June and only a handful of times in May so they may not be needed for summer. I may do another top plus a dress instead.

I'm also looking ahead to autumn & winter sewing. I never seem to have much time to sew in November and December and this year I want to be sure I make some cold-weather garments. However I know I won't want to touch the wool etc. in August. Maybe I'll do a combo Autumn/Winter 6-or-more-PAC from Sept - Nov. (Gotta plan ahead! ;D)
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