Not so selfish: sewing Shades of Me

This week was sewing for me time!  I’m really not into the term “selfish sewing”.  I think it implies you should feel guilty for making something for yourself which in my opinion is definitely NOT the case!!  When I spotted Toni from Sew Jereli’s efforts for the Sewing Shades of Me series earlier this week gave me just the right amount of “kick up the backside” I needed to get my next project started (and finished!).

  ladies harem pants 2

So here they are…my peacock harem pants using this Pattern Emporium pattern.  I love love love the style of these pants!  Casual but not too much which makes it easy enough to dress them up a bit with some nice flats and jewellery.

ladies harem pants

ladies harem pants back

I made my first pair of these last year in a size 12 which is what the pattern recommended based on my measurements but I found that they were still a bit too baggy for my liking.  This time around I made a 10 which I think gives a better, slimmer profile through the legs.  I’m hoping once I lose the last of the baby belly and butt weight they’ll fit perfectly!

ladies harem pants ankle

I deviated slightly from the pattern with the ankle detail.  The pattern gives two ankle options, basic elastic and a flat fronted tab style.  Instead, I decided to try a rolled hem and then used shirring on the ankle and I’m really happy with how that turned out.  I still have a bit of shirring practice ahead of me though so don’t look too closely.  Having boys means I don’t practice frilly details often!

ladies harem pants pocket

The pattern also gives a bunch of pocket options and I went for the topstitched pocket this time around.

I used cotton voile so they’re great for the hot weather here in Perth.  I’ll definitely be getting some wear out of these for the rest of summer, plus I already have the fabric to make another pair.

While I’m sharing, I just thought I’d include a pic of the Ruby Dress (Made by Rae) that I finished off last month.  Another great summer staple using some beautiful cool Japanese lawn for the main fabric plus a jersey interlock for the yoke.  Unfortunately as I’m still breastfeeding my bub, I won’t get too much opportunity to wear this one for a while but it will be great once I get to rediscover my fashion freedom!

ruby dress

What do you think?  Do you like the term “selfish sewing”?  Maybe I’m thinking too much into it! I’d love to hear if you’ve made anything for yourself lately.



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