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Friday, 27 September 2013

Raspberry capri

Recently, I finished a pair of capri pants. This project came out of my pattern-making lessons with Ayumi-sensei. Trousers are a tricky garment and I wanted to make them one more time under the guidance of experienced pattern-maker/seamstress.


The medium-weight fabric from my stash (YAY!), used for this garment is a mix of wool, nylon and polyester. I added tiny Liberty patches to the visible pocket side. But I am not quite sure whether it looks like I forgot to take off my pyjama bottoms or if this tiny pattern adds some interest to the trousers. What do you recon?




For this self photoshoot I have another story to share. This time I went to a parking lot of a delivery company. I see it every day on my way to and from work and it struck me that most of the time it was empty. I had positioned my tripod at the very end of the parking lot in front of a brick wall when, five minutes later, a mini-van tried to park at the exact place where I was taking photos! Unfortunately, the driver could not put the car anywhere else because each car was assigned a particular place... SIGH



Autumn in Tokyo is very short: one can enjoy the beautiful autumnal weather hardly 6-7 weeks, and it can also be quite changeable. Only last weekend it was +30C, but since Tuesday we have had rains and grey clouds covering the sky most of the time. When sewing my trousers, I was anticipating such gloomy days and so decided to pick bright fabric. In the past, I owned a pair of raspberry cords and when people saw me wearing them they smiled. Isn't it great to make the weather with garments you wear?



43 comments:

  1. these are awesome, and definitely do not look like pj's, unless of course you generally wear superbly tailored garments to bed! nice work! perfect fit "in the rears'. ;)

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  2. I love this colour combination! I have to prepare for the fall and winter as well...

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous, you're inspiring me to try making a pair.....and loving the pics, the first one especially, its so cool! Xx

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  4. They are amazing. I love the colour and the styling. I trust you are doing a happy dance!

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  5. Woman, I love these. Also, loving the evolution of your style towards this end of the colour spectrum. However, having made a skirt (unblogged) with just the perfect lines and shape and pockets and then using floral fabric for the pockets (same as what you've done up there) I have two things to say:

    I've massively reduced the range of things I can co-ordinate with that skirt (to oranges and yellows only) and
    Something about the hard visual line between solid fabric and floral is . . somehow less appealing to me and jarrs the eye wrt the lines of the pattern. I.e. I wish I'd done it all in denim, then the pockets would've stood out in a minimal way rather than being the first/olly thing visible. Again it doesn't show when I've got my hands in my pockets but I spend next to no time doing that so I'm not going to do in the future. Lesson learned.
    Can't say if the same applies to your pockets but time will tell.

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  6. God idea about tailored pyjamas! The rears look nice partly, because I keep my hands in the pockets :)

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  7. Although on a sunny day I still wear my flip-flops and refuse to accept the incoming weather transformation :(

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  8. Thank you, Leisa! What about a pair of tweed trousers? Personally, I am itching...

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  9. The first thing I thought when cutting these floral pockets was "Oh, it's going to be cute!". But now, after wearing them for a few times, I regret using this fabric. It's white background and it looks absolutely weird to me colours-wise. I should have used something where red/pink is a dominant colour. Well... as you say, lesson learned. I can hide them by wearing longer tops.

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  10. I know exactly what you mean... I was trying to ignor the signs as well. Now I think already about spring - count down :-)

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  11. That's exactly my attitude - as far as colours, wear what makes you happy and not what's "appropriate" for the weather! My mother always chooses "Summer" colours and "Winter" colours, and that's just silly I believe. What does it even mean?... *^o^*
    I love your raspberry trousers, especially worn with that sunny yellow cardi! You brought your own sun to the photoshoot. *^v^*
    As for the parking space event - oh well, you could always ask the driver to quickly take a few shots of yourself and then let him go on with his work! *^-^*~~~

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  12. Oh god I love your photo stories. They make me laugh!! Those pant! What an awesome fit! Great colour and styling. I know it's not a hair blog, but I'm loving your hair at the moment as well. :)

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  13. =S Sorry to hear that. I'm having the same issue with the skirt. I've only worn it out once, and like i said I really like the lines.. =(

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  14. Show it off!

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  15. You are sweet! I have to confess that I absolutely dislike my hair and that is why it will be gone soon.

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  16. Maybe I should have ask him, but I am not sure about the quality of photos he would deliver :)

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  17. Shall I add quilted pants after the skirt for the sew along??!!!!!

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  18. Yes, please! And quilted dress, quilted top and quilted Sherlock coat (❁´◡`❁)*✲゚*

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  19. Don't challenge me, you know I will!!! X

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  20. OH nononooo!! It's more for me! I'd seriously like to sew an entire basic winder wardrobe from the Linton Tweeds fabric!

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  21. Oh and before I forget: Irish Tweed. Apparently they're awesome and they ship swatches for free. E30 a metre but it's all made in Ireland.

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  22. Thanks for the link! They are awesome! When I lived in Dublin we went there a few times but I did not know they had a website! :)

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  23. This is beyond epic! I love seeing how your style has evolved as you make even more EPIC outfits.
    Side note- your photo stories rock my world!

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  24. Silvia - Sewing Princess29 September 2013 17:18

    Great capris! They fit very well and I like how you styled them.

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  25. These are really cute! I love that pink-- so rad! Your story made me chuckle!

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  26. I love the colour so much! Ha ha! It seems like people only appear when there are cameras around... I'm really missing autumn in Tokyo, but it sounds like the weather isn't too dissimilar to here for a change! I think the Liberty accents look great - and just think, soon you can buy Liberty fabric in Liberty! :-)

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  27. What do you think about combining my photo stories and your t-rex and robot moves?

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  28. Thank you, Silvia :)

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  29. I wish I could make videos of my photo stories and post them on YouTube. But everything happens so fast!

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  30. Maider....Masustak30 September 2013 09:36

    Your post makes me laugh!!!! Always the same story...I go to an empty place to take pictures and always someone appears and looks you, "what f** is doing here!" hahaha! Love the colour and the capri pants suit you very well!

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  31. Oh, completely awesome capris!! The colour is fabulous, and looks gorgeous with the yellow cardigan.

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  32. They are super cute! I usually dont go for capri length trousers, but you pull off so well, perhaps because you are slim and tall. ;)
    There is nowhere in Tokyo that you can shoot yourself in peace... The houses are so close together and there are always people. I have given up self-taking photos outside!

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  33. Thank you, Maider! I can't wait to see your Pavot coming together!

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  34. I'll probably never wear just black or navy or white. I need colours in my life!

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  35. Alright, so it's not only me! Maybe we should try to take photos of each other?

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  36. I'm not a huge fan of color-blocking by wearing separate pieces, but think you pulled it off with this combination. But I think the Liberty pocketing, while an inspired idea, is too much for this ensemble. The trousers are very cute and fit well, but I wouldn't call them "Capri" pants, which usually end much higher, sometimes at the bottom of the calf.

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  37. Thanks for stopping by! I agree with you about the Liberty pockets: the more I wear the trousers the more it disturbs me. Well, I went for it on a whim... But will think twice next time ⁀⊙﹏☉⁀

    I understand that by the classic definition my trousers are not 100% capri. Before I posted about them, I did my own research because I was not sure whether they would fall under this term. But it seems like some would call them "capri" anyway. So did I.

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  38. Love the bright colour and the classic shape of the pants! You look great!

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