Monday muslin V8499 pants


Sometimes I just want to take another look at a pattern. I first made the V8499 pants when I was much heavier, and I was trying Lagenlook styles. Thinking about it over the weekend, and having a couple yards of available Brussels washer linen, I decided to try a smaller size. So a Monday muslin 🙂

First version:


Honestly, I don’t care for this style at the moment. But these pants are not wasted – they’ll be reworked as a straight leg pant. I would really like them in a corduroy for our brief winter. And those pockets are simply too good to ignore.

Undeterred, I’m about to cut out a True Bias Yari jumpsuit in Kaufman Essex linen, yard-dyed denim. I’ve enjoyed my espresso version so much.

And that’s Monday! BTW, the pattern has a super fun skirt as well, it would be great with boots and a short chunky sweater or jeans jacket.

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Bye for now! Coco

Vogue 9275 Kaftan Variation


I’m working my way through 9 yards of this fabric! More on that later – but this is a wonderful and easy variation of the tunic top included in V9275.


I stripped it down to essentials (no curved hem or collar cord), and added 40″ to the length, marked from the waistline. For reference, I’m 5’7″, and 57″ from shoulder to the floor. And I sewed the size XS – this is a very roomy top. But the sizing really extends its possibilities across many sizes and shapes.


It’s hard to see details on black fabric, so Emile is modeling the kaftan to show the inside:

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I love the cowl – it’s just about perfect in this cotton/lycra jersey.

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The sleeves are deep enough to be very comfortable, and long enough not to allow inside peeks.



This is one of my favorite projects this year!

Fabric Kit


The fabric. I mistakenly ordered two fabric kits from Fabric Mart, instead of one. For $8 each. The kit included 4.5 yards of jersey and the Christine Jonson #526 wrap dress. I’m actually glad I did it, this print is so appealing.

And it will show up again soon, in an Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan!

Paro Cardigan

And I’m off to work on the cardi. Bye for now – Coco

Coco’s Salvage Company – cheetah cardi


Can you tell I’m between projects? Anytime I’m pondering what to do next, I take things out of my closet – the ones I  haven’t worn – and contemplate their future…

I waited so long to find a cheetah print for a long cardigan, and I was thrilled to find this one in a hacci sweater knit. I love the fabric! but honestly, I was disappointed in the cardi.

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Original post here

When I put it on, I feel like it’s wearing me – just too much. But I let it percolate – a candidate for salvage.

Yesterday, I cut it off, added a band and buttons, and I love the result!


I will wear this like crazy. More views:



And a closeup of the back and hood on Emile…


How I got there:

  • I brazenly cut the cardi 19.5″ below the finished neckline.
  • And I cut a band from the remnant. I wanted the band to be 2″ wide, so I cut it at 5 1/4″ wide and about 42″ long. That was longer than I needed, but I wasn’t sure how the bodice would gather into the band.
  • I added five 1/2″buttons, no buttonholes, along with #4 snaps. A note on this: I wanted to use buttonholes, but I had not sewn my facing with enough interfacing to facilitate them. Kind of a disappointment, but I was out of tear-away stabilizer. I practiced with the hacci and other external stabilizers, and I feel sure it’s feasible for future garments.

This was so much fun that I’m contemplating a similar cardigan with another hacci in my stash.

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So, the post office has promised delivery today of a few fabrics I ordered. Now I don’t know what I’ll do next – what a great problem 🙂

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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  • 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…

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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