Friday, July 19, 2013

channeling peggy bundy

I love me some good animal prints, but who doesn't?  (Honestly, if you don't, I'm not sure we can be friends) A while back got in my head that I wanted a pair of velvet leggings.  A 4-way stretch plain leopard print velvet is very hard to find, my friends.  Plain meaning, not iridescent, or sequiny.  I searched high and low, found some 2-way stretch, but never the 4-way needed.  I sew with a bunch of awesome ladies IRL*, and had expressed my sadness over the elusive fabric.  I didn't think I'd ever find the perfect stuff.

Amity, one of the group, texted me out of the blue one day with a glorious picture...of 4-way stretch velvet leopardy fabric, and did I want her to grab some for me?  Uh, YES PLEASE!  She was in San Francisco for PR (Pattern Review) weekend and spotted it at some random fabric shop.  How awesome are fellow sewists?!?  She even dropped it by my house the next week!

 look at that sweet leopard velvet goodness

I got most of them sewn at one of our meetups, captured here without the waistband or hemmed, by the crazy, funny Julianne.  Once again, I used Jalie 2920 like here and here.

muahahahahaha, leoooopard!

I finished them up a few days later and wore them to my step-daughter's graduation in May.  I quickly realized I needed to make the waistband bigger, cause they were uncomfortably tight :(  Once back home, I unpicked all that waistband serging (ugh) and put in a fold over waistband and threaded the elastic through.  No more unpicking serging if I still couldn't handle them.  (My hips are expanding, ya know).


But all is good and I've worn them a couple times and love them!  They aren't nearly as hot as I imagined they would be, which is good for a sweaty preggo, hehe.  They do however, make me feel like Peggy Bundy :-D




yes?  If only I could get my hair to do that...


*Our sewing group includes these lovely ladies:

Amity and Nhi of Lolita Patterns 
Caroline of  TigerFeet
Cindy Cation Designs -even though she's moving soon :(
Julianne of Made by Julianne

Caroline came up with our name, "Stitch in the Ditch".  You know, cause we're in California, near the San Andreas fault, it's a ditch...If you ever find yourself in the LA area, please get in touch, we love to meet up, shop and sew!

12 comments:

  1. AWESOME! Really, are there people who don't love leopard? I'm getting to do my nails in leopard print this morning. To go with the leopard print sandals I'll be wearing to dinner tonight. ;-)

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    1. Oh Gail, sounds like you and I could be total besties :-D

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  2. Love the legging. You look super cute in them. Is that Peggy's infamous cigarette fingers I spy in one of the photos? All you need is some Bon Bons to complete the look. Can we still be friends if the only animal print I can tolerate is giraffe?

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    1. You got me, Nhi :-D I was trying to remember how she stood with her ciggie. And I'll take the bon bons anytime!
      Giraffe is still animal print, so yes, we're good ;-)

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  3. Darling, you are FABULOUS! Seriously, you rock the animal print! And your new sewing group? What a cool bunch of women! Glad you are doing well and having fun!

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    1. Thanks lady :) See, if you ever make it out to California, there are fun ladies to sew and shop with!

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  4. Love your Peggy look! I used to watch this TVserie!!! It was great!
    I have to buy some animal print fabric, it´s soooo cool!

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    1. Thank you, Maider! I feel like rewatching some of the old episodes now, haha!

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  5. LOVE the Muahhh hahah picture, it makes me smile :)

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    1. Yeah, I was kinda hesitant to post it, cause it's kinda fugly, but whatever, it's fun!

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  6. I loooooooove these! Love me some leopard, and love me some Peggy Bundy! I thought she and Kelly were the c o o l e s t when I was a kid. :) Fellow sewists are the coolest! You look so adorable!

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