This summer I did an awful lot of teaching across the country. I packed up my dog and pony show and took the espadrilles workshop on the road from California to Colorado to North Carolina. (By the way, there are still size 6 and 7 kits in the shop! And sign yourself up for my newsletter to stay updated on when the new sizes are coming in because IT’S HAPPENING!)
I feel so lucky to have spent the summer connecting, laughing and stitching with so many of the fabulous makers in our sewing community. It really doesn’t matter where you are, the sewing folks are good folks. Seriously, find them in a fire. They will take care of you…and they probably have quilts.
One of my stops was in Washington D.C. for an August weekend of workshops with DH Fabrics and Stitch Sew Shop. Both shops are FABULOUS! Kalle at Stitch Sew Shop runs a vibrant, humming shop in the middle of Old Alexandria, Virginia that operates as the center of a thriving sewing culture out there. I ended up teaching two workshops because the first one sold out in half a day!
Tammy from DH Fabrics runs an on-line fabric shop and occasionally collaborates with makers to create luscious, creative pop-up workshops at the super hip Fostr Collaborative. She has some amazing workshops coming up and I’m so jealous I can’t go to all of them! Go for me if you are in the area, won’t you?
What does all of this have to do with this super-fly outfit? Well, Tammy at DH Fabrics generously offered to send me some of her burnt Sienna twill and I quickly took her up on the offer and made these pants, the Lander Pants of my dreams. It looks like she is currently sold out of the twill, by the way, but don’t miss her other offerings. She knows how to find unique, high quality textiles perfect for apparel making and she is a wonderful human.
I have wanted mustard / camel Lander Pants (pattern from True Bias) for a long time. They are such a great neutral. This color (technically a burnt Sienna) is a rich, caramel-y color that is even better than what I imagined. Plus, it is lightweight and soft, soft, soft. I was immediately in love and really patting myself on the back for making such good choices. I mean, this is the fourth pair of Landers in my closet so I’m pretty much FULL of good choices. There are a few pairs I haven’t even blogged about…such a bad blogger.
So yes, I made these pants in August and I had to wear them, of course, to my workshop with DH Fabrics and have been wearing them ever since. I was delighted to find out these Landers go perfectly with this top. It’s a pattern hack of the Georgia Dress from Seamwork. The Georgia is another of my tried and true patterns, I make quite a few modifications including shortening the sleeves and eliminating the blocking, but I love it. It’s really about the beauty of the neckline. I love a neckline that shows off the collarbone.
Are you pulling out those cool weather clothes? Sewing some up? Our weather is very uncertain of itself right now…cold mornings and hot afternoons but I can feel the season of sweaters, boots and pants coming around the bend and I love it. How about you? Got any summer-fall outfits you get to gleefully dust off? Happy Fall friends!