I previously blogged my knit version of the Papercut Patterns Anima Pant, which turned out to be rather large and haven’t become any smaller with washing, so I had a go at making them from a woven fabric going down a size.
I made them from some lovely double gauze cotton which I dyed in an indigo vat during a dip dye day that some Perth sewers and I participated in. I wore them once and noticed that my legs took on a rather alarming blue cast, so I threw them in the washing machine and they are now fine, but considerably lighter.
These are perfect for walking, being ultra-light and having pockets to keep my phone in. I’ve worn them a few times now and thought I’d get some photos at the river, but happened to choose a really windy afternoon. In Perth we have a meteorological condition called the “Fremantle Doctor” which is a sea breeze cooling us down when the weather is hot, but also making us quite chilly when it’s not!
Yes, the Fremantle Doctor was in with a vengeance!
I teamed my Anima Pants with the top from Vogue 1247, which has always been uncomfortably big, and I was walking along contemplating throwing it away, when I began playing with the front seam and realised that if I bring the seam in by redoing the French seam, all my problems may be solved. At least I have nothing to lose and I really love the silk fabric, so it’s worth giving it a go.
The back is fine, it is just the front that falls off my shoulders and gapes at the centre.
Since writing this post, I have unpicked all those French seams and resewn them, bringing in the centre front seam by 2.5cm. It has made a difference, but my overarching thought on this top is still that it’s too big. I’m not wasting any more time on it, but I might at least wear it now.