Burnside Bibs…


Here we go! to put aside all age issues, I’m over 70, and I love my Burnside Bibs 🙂

In fact, I love overalls. From a company picnic 15 years ago (and this reminds me I need some black and pink sneakers).


I am so happy to be sewing and blogging again. I spent about 5 days on these, poco a poco, but it was so much fun. These are the cutest britches ever.

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Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs


Some sewing notes:

  • I sewed a straight size 10, based on waist and hips. Perfect.
  • I used the bib from Version 1 and the bottom from Version 2. Curved bib and no back darts.
  • Front pockets, a tip: serge the edges and then pull up the needle threads to turn the fold on those curves.

serger pulling

  • Belt loops. I sewed them as a tube, serged each end, and pulled my serger tails inside with a double-eye needle.


belt loops

  • I also added three belt loops to the front to keep the ties in place and also to keep them from dropping away when they were untied. One over the center front, and another over the outside edge of each pocket.


  • Thank goodness I didn’t add to the length! because these were very long on me. It’s almost impossible to know where they will hit until they’re on and tied. I ended up cutting off 2 1/4″ and using a 2″ hem!

first fitting

  • I added the back pockets much closer to the waist than noted on the pattern. Unfortunately, they really poked out (flat bum), and I removed them.

baggy pkt

  • But the bibs still look great without them.


Thank you all for all the comments and support over the last couple weeks. Three tests and labwork next week, and I fully expect to be my usual funky self 🙂



Bye for now – Coco

mc2 Classy Harem Pants


Yes, I’m still working on sarouel pants!

Encouraged by my first pair (here), but discouraged by the ‘diaper’ effect of my own drafting, I kept looking for a pattern. And look what I found!


mc2 patterns are entirely new to me. These pants are so much fun!! I’ve tried to show the inseam and so on, so more sewing room antics ahead..



Sewing notes:

  • I drafted size Small and made no changes to the pattern, other than to take 1 5/8″ off at the top before adding the waistband.
  • The pattern suggests about 1.5 yd of fabric, but that is based on the layout below. I used 2 yards because I like to cut all my pieces in the same direction. BTW, I also cut out the size XL in about the same yardage.

layout for 52 inches

They do make me feeling like dancing. They’re great!



Ciao! Coco

Sarouel pants – rainy day fun


Ha! what a day. It’s been raining here for 13 days. Lots of rain. So much that I had to go out in the garden and move leaves to allow water to flow past my porch. These pics, well, wet shirt and hair, definitely no makeup.

But I really have had fun with this project. I’ve been scoping sarouel pants for some time, because they’re a bit funky and look so comfortable. Plus, my son wants some!

Could not find a pattern (do you have one?), so I worked with some things I found on Pinterest (a link here).  start point

Here’s my first draft, using a tie-dye rayon/lycra knit I was willing to sacrifice. The base pattern is my version of  Love Notions Sabrina Slims, because I wanted the pants to be at my natural waist, not low-rise hip-hop:


My pants, with no waistband, were awful! I had an udder at the crotch and sufficient room in the front and back for a hand of bananas. That’s about as nicely as I can describe it 🙂

So, I added the waistband and pared away the crotch excess as needed. I hope I can remember the changes, because these are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever made!!




I’m wearing them now, I wore them out to the market, I might not take them off.

Awesome! Ciao – Coco

Goes with coffee…


Now that our cool weather is past, I’m working on warm weather thingies to wear around the house. Retirement inevitably comes with the temptation to go grunge very casual most of the time. Tee shirt, leggings, socks, PJs. But part of my new year/new me is to avoid that!

I’ve just finished two sets, both in ITY knit from Fabric Mart. And for both, I paired a Wiksten tank top with V9217 Kathryn Brenne pants.

1-Wiksten Tank Top-side

Sewing notes:

  • That deeply curved hem on the tank top is very trying and fiddly with ITY knit, so I just cut an even hem from side to side.
  • And I used self-fabric binding on the neckline and armholes to dress them up a bit.
  • The pants are very simple – no pockets and a straight hem. The original pattern is ankle length, so I added 2″ at the hemline to go long and swooshy.


I didn’t attempt to match the print, top to pants, but managed it within each piece. I’m wearing these right now, and I love how the fabric feels.


For the second set, I added a Wiksten top to the V9217 pants I made late last year.


I’m crazy about this print, and if I see it again, I’ll jump on it.



This is fun sewing, totally selfish! And I was right – wearing something pretty is uplifting, it just enhances the day.

Bye for now – Coco

vogue 7726 high waist pants in red

front 2

Simply irresistible! Joel did it on  Northern Exposure, but this YouTube version is the original by Robert Palmer. All the anticipated red vibe…it was in my mind the whole time I was sewing these pants!

This is my second version (original in black here), so here’s a look at the pattern:


I sewed View D in Kaufman Brussels washer linen. It’s a wonderful linen blend, more linen than rayon, and is a great marriage of these two fibers. Unlike 100% linen, this blend is not itchy/prickly or wrinkly. All my pics here are straight out of a wash/dry cycle, no ironing. I don’t iron!

back 2

Such nice pants. I’ve gotten both verbal and non-verbal compliments while wearing them. Makes my heart sing.

Top: New Look 6150 in grunge burnout jersey

Sewing notes, and because it’s easier to photograph red, I can share some details of the construction that just could not be seen on the black pair:

  • I added a line of topstitching above and below the pleats, which secures them and ensures that the waistband facing doesn’t shift.


  • I’m really picky about finishing details, all the way down to the belt loops. I didn’t want mine to ravel, so I serged the ends and took the time to sink all my threads. For me, it’s all part of sewing, I don’t mind extra steps at all.


  • I really wanted to keep the flow and continuity of the color on this pair. Using a contrast belt of some kind didn’t appeal to me. So I made a belt!


This is a 1 3/4″ buckle from Dritz. The sliding middle piece makes it self-catching, and it stays put as promised.

dritz adjustale slide buckle

I did some looking online, and I found lots of similar options at Emmaline Bags. On their site, they’re described as strap sliders, and they come in widths up to 2″.


Cute, right? I interfaced the entire width of the belt, 4.5″ wide unfinished, folded it, and added trapunto stitching.

front belt

  • And as on my black pair, I added a fly shield. My first post (link above) has details. It’s not difficult and makes a huge difference in how the fly looks and feels.

More pics…

front 1back

This is definitely not a quick sew – it has many details, and it requires attention and time during layout, cutting, and construction. But it’s so worth the effort, and I enjoy a project that has a bit of challenge.

These pants,  red and black, are my go-to pairs for strutting my stuff  – sassy 🙂

Bye for now – Coco