Yay or Nay?

I’m finishing up stitching the binding on the boy quilt for our two-year-old, and starting to daydream about my next sewing project.  I’m really, really in the mood to make some clothes, fueled in large part by the blistering success of the recent Sewing Kids Clothes e-course, no doubt.  I’m not quite sure about my next fabric choices, though, and finding myself–quite characteristically–hemming and hawing over which yardage to pair with which silhouette.  This can go on for me for years.  Decades.  Don’t believe me?  Oh, foolish one, the stories I could tell.

One of the constantly fabulous ladies at the shop brought in copies of the new Lisette line of patterns from Simplicity.  Been wondering why you can’t get fabulous patterns for yourself like the Oliver + S designs for kids?  Now you can.  Lisette patterns are designed by Liesl Gibson, founder of Oliver + S, and are completely delightful.  I have three of the four of them, and am thinking I’ll have a semi-stalker all-Lisette wardrobe for Quilt Market this year.  Look out, Liesl!

From this particular pattern, I’m especially enamored of the little sailor-styled pants:

Aren’t they totally darling?  I love the clean, chic grey she’s got going on in the sample shot (could that be one of the chambrays from their new fabric line??), but I’m really wanting to go with a red mattress ticking that’s been calling my name for months:

Something’s holding me back.  It seems sorta nautical/Cape Cod, but maybe it’s trying too hard?  Even with little black buttons?  I’m just not sure yet.

I’ve also been toying with this one:

I am in dire need of a loose, comfortable dressier-but-not-too-dressy pant to wear to teach classes this summer.  I love the wide leg here (although the rise is much, much too high for someone as short-torsoed as I am, and I don’t usually do pleats).  I’m wanting to pair it with this linen blend from my stash:

I have 4.5 yards of this.  Wanna know how I know?  It’s not because I have the receipt.  If you thought I was joking when I said I can spend decades working out what fabric to pair with what pattern, this is a case in point.  This has been in my stash since MINIMUM 2003, and when I pulled it out just now, it had a tag pinned to it with a pattern number (which is now out of print and the original of which was destroyed in our flood in 2009) along with the number of yards.  And I remember writing that note–it replaced an earlier note, when the initial pattern I’d planned for this didn’t get sewn up and then was hopelessly out of date when I got back around to the fabric.  Oy.  And now?  The problem isn’t the pattern.  It’s the color.  I’m wondering if the color is a little bit ten years ago.  You know, since I bought the fabric ten years ago.

Maybe I should remember the lesson the flood taught me, when I watched all my delicious wools and boucles and silks wadded up and muddy: use it now, don’t overthink it, they’ll always make more fabric.  I don’t feel so attached to either one of these fabric that I’d feel any sense of loss if these projects didn’t turn out.  So other than the cost of my time, what’s the risk?  Carpe stitchum!

OK, I may have convinced myself.  I’ll let you know next week.

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  • Kay Stephenson
    April 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hah! Carpe stitchum! I’m totally stealing that phrase. And I love that buttery linen. But then I tend to wear what I love, not what is fashionable.

  • Starjumper
    April 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    “Carpe stitchum!” that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever read on on a sewing blog!

  • Janimal
    April 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I bought all the Lisette patterns and have yet to sew any of them because I can’t decide on fabrics! So I feel ya here. I did buy some of the Lisette Chambray, but I feel a bit unoriginal using it for a Lisette design.
    I love the mattress ticking. Love love love. Go for it!

  • lisa
    April 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love the ticking (I have some in my stash) but not sure about for pants. I would worry that the stripes wouldn’t be faltering after all that work. And you should so copyright that saying!

  • Jen B
    April 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love the ticking, but think it would look better on something that was straight legged instead of tapered. I think it would look really cute as a skirt too. As for the linen blend, go for it! It’ll look so nice paired with a white shirt or just about any blue. What could be more classy than yellow and blue?

  • Jodi B.
    April 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I got one of the lisette patterns too, but haven’t started because I haven’t found the right fabric yet either. I just gaze at the pattern longingly for now. I want to make a dress out of twill fabric, so it will feel more like I feel in jeans. seems wrong and right all at once.

  • Ginger
    April 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I think your linen would be fine to make pants. Hold it over your undergarments to make sure it’s not see through. On my monitor it looks off white. Or if you don’t like the color, dye it a color that you do like. Simplicity 2422 looks similar to your pattern but without the pleats. I’ve never made 2422, but I almost bought it last week at Hancock’s. Now I wish I had. I’ll have to wait for another 99cent sale.

  • Eva
    April 20, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I like the ticking, but I think it would be too much for full length trousers. It would look really cut as sailor style shorts (maybe even with cuffs?), though! Maybe you could just shorten the trouser pattern?

    Carpe stitchum! A good motto!! 🙂 😀 You’re not the only one with fabric/project skeletons in their closet!

  • Emily
    April 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

    ooOOooo, tough one. The striped one could look a bit costumey…but I like it for walking shorts or a knee-length skirt. Can’t wait to see it sewn up. I have also recently had a “no fabric is sacred” epiphany…it’s definitely freeing, isn’t it?

  • Heather
    April 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I agree about the ticking, not crazy about it for the pants. I love the grey in the photo. For the ticking, it looks like the perfect Cape Cod or Maine summer weekend skirt to me…I’m from Boston and I would throw it in my weekend bag from now to eternity.

    As for the linen-blend, does that lovely light sand ever go out of style, especially in that fabric? I think it’s a timeless color and would look great for the trousers.

    Many things in my closet go out of style completely, but lovely neutrals never do and wide-legs go in and out and in and out….I think you should make them.

  • Belinda
    April 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Love that wide leg pants pattern. I think they would be quite flattering in your linen. I’ll be soooo glad when wider legged, flowy pants are back in style 🙂

  • Deanna
    April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I hope you use the red stripe for pants! Over the winter a friend had travel to Wales to see her mom and brought me home some fabric her mother didn’t want any more. One of the fabrics was a red stripe that I knew I wanted to make into summer ‘sailor’ pants.

  • Sara
    May 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I need you to make those Lisette pants out of something. There aren’t enough pics out there for me to get inspired to make them for myself. I have the pattern already, but I’m so afraid they’ll be exactly the wrong height at the waist. I don’t mind an intentionally high waist for a vintage look. But….Right at the belly button or a smidge higher seems to scream “yes, you really do have a pooch after two babies even though you can fool yourself and others into thinking you don’t!”

  • Gretchen
    May 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    What simplicity pattern are you using for the wide-leg pants? I just adore them and would love to find the pattern, thanks!