Fabulous Basics

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It’s so comforting pulling on grey wool trousers lined in silk on your average Wednesday. I just finished these yesterday. The fabric was included in a wool bundle from michaelsfabrics.com. The pattern is from Burdastyle 11/09 111. This is the third or maybe fourth time I have used this pattern.

I left them a little long because I machine wash my wool trousers, so I need to allow for shrinkage.

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14 Comments

  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the new pants!!! I can’t believe you wash the wool. You are a brave soul. 🙂

    Miss you! Will I see you at the DG expo on 2/4???

    Elizabeth
    http://www.sewnblog.com

    • Posted January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I will try to be there. Need to talk to Bernie about it.

  2. sharon
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Since you plan on washing your wool, do you preshrink the fabric as well? Looks great by the way.

    • Posted January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I wash the fabric in the machine before I cut, but unfortunately this does not entirely prevent future shrinkage. I just try not to wash them all the often.

  3. Posted January 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Silk does have the power to make a weekday feel a bit extra special, doesn’t it? They must be very cosy to wear!

  4. Kathleen
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I can’t think of q more perfect everyday winter luxury than wearing (washable!)wool and silk. Also, I love the ease and graceful drape of the trousers: so classic. I washed wool for a little jacket this season and love the way the fabric softened and became a little spongy. I can’t wait to see your next “basic” project!

  5. Kathleen
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I can’t think of q more perfect everyday winter luxury than wearing (washable!)wool and silk. Also, I love the ease and graceful drape of the trousers: so classic. I washed wool for a little jacket this season and love the way the fabric softened and became a little spongy. I can’t wait to see your next “basic” project!

    Kathleen

  6. Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These are perfect. Love them.

  7. Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Pretty nice pants, I’m not surprised you’ve repeated the pattern a few times.

  8. Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    So clever to leave them long to allow for machine-wash shrinkage! I just refuse to dry clean, and that is a great solution.

  9. Paula
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These are lovely! Please tell us how you machine wash wool pants – I love lined wool but hesitate because I don’t like dry cleaning. If I can machine wash them it will do wonders for stash reduction! Thanks.

    • Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I cut off the selvedges and pre-wash the yardage in a regular warm-water load with other things. I hang it to dry until it’s almost dry, then iron to dry the rest of the way. After I make the garment, I machine-wash it once in a great while in a regular load and hang to dry. It will shrink vertically and horizontally with every wash, but then it stretches out a bit horizontally with wearing. I can usually get a good 3-4 years of wear from a wool garment that I wear fairly often.

  10. Posted January 21, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great looking pants and yes – it is wonderful to wear a silk-lined garment on a regular Wednesday. Like you, I have learned that wool pants must be left extra long to allow for shrinkage. Sadly, I retired several pairs of pants before their time for just that reason.

  11. Paula
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you, Claudine.

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