Elasticated Waist Cropped Denim Trousers

This was meant to be a quick weekend project – a simple pair of elastic waist cropped trousers – but you know, with the best laid plans and all that, it turned out taking a bit longer!

I bought a bolt end of lightweight denim (chambray weight) off the local market. There was about 1.70 m altogether. As I was looking at the fabric I kept thinking that the drape would have been lovely for the denim dress I made last year. While I love the version I made, the denim I used is more medium weight and not really suitable for very hot weather but this remnant piece was not long enough for a dress.

I prevaricated between making either a skirt or a pair of trousers. I felt that with the soft drape of the fabric it would hold gathers very well. I considered skirt pattern 109 in Burdastyle 6/2020 (and I am sure I will return to this skirt pattern one day) but I opted for a pair of trousers as I knew I would get more wear out of them.

I will admit that in the past I have not been a big fan of elasticated waist trousers. I have had the odd pair with back elastication and side elastication which work well but only in my recollection have I owned one fully elasticated pair and those were a tapered pair I made myself back in the eighties. However I have seen lots of elasticated trousers popping up on Instagram with the Free Range Slacks and Pomona styles seeming very popular. They always look a bit cool but I’m more inclined to think it is the people who are wearing them who are cool and so make a basic pair of elasticated waist trousers look edgy.

Still undeterred I pressed on and found a suitable pattern for cropped elasticated waist trousers in an old Burda World of Fashion 6/2002. I liked that this style actually had some features notably hip yoke pockets on the front and patch pockets on the back. The hem width was around 22 inches but I prefer around 18 to 20 inches so I skimmed the side seams in slightly. I also missed off the hem lacing keeping the hem straight and simple.

The features on the trousers added to the planned timescale especially as they included double rows of topstitching although I did like that this added a jeans like touch to the style. As well as topstitching the hip yoke pocket openings and around the patch pockets on the back one of the style variations had a double row of topstitching down the side seam. I opted to do this to again reference a pair of jeans. For the topstitching I chose to use some dark blue topstitching thread I had in the stash but once I started I wondered if I should have used a contrast mustard or beige topstitching thread to further emphasise the jeans detailing as on the final garment the topstitching is not that visible.

I used my new computerised sewing machine and for one of the lines of topstitching I chose the 1/4 inch setting. However I forgot that this automatic setting reduces the stitch length to 1.8 and I wondered why my machine seemed to be taking ages to sew the seam. I prefer a longer stitch for topstitching and I attempted to unpick one of the rows but not with much success as it was dark thread on dark fabric and a small stitch size. In the end I gave up especially as I made a small nick in the denim with the quick unpicker. I decided it looked okay but I do think the small stitch length has caused some slight puckering of the seams. I can live with it.

After sewing on the waistband I folded it over and decided to sew close to the seam with topstitching to match the pockets and side seams. However my inch wide elastic wouldn’t thread through. I therefore ended up unpicking the topstitching and sewing the waistband down by hand. Hurrah, the elastic threaded through okay. I also actually added some lightweight interfacing to the waistband. Without it the waistband felt a bit flimsy and as the trousers are not overly elasticated it works well giving a bit more structure and support around the waist.

While I was making these cropped trousers I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them but actually now they’re finished I’m very happy with the result. They are going to be a lovely comfortable lightweight pair of trousers for the summer. As I was looking at these trousers I was getting Toast vibes from a pair I had seen online. I love it when sewing gives you that satisfying feeling that you have created something that resembles an expensive RTW item but you’ve done it for a fraction of the price and with a bit of effort.

A Vintage Blouse: Burdastyle 1/2019 Style 120

I actually made this blouse a while ago and definitely pre-pandemic but there were a few issues with it that needed tweaking.

The blouse is style 120 in Burdastyle issue 1/2019 and is a reprint of a 1950s pattern. When I say reprint I think I should say updated pattern as there are definite differences between the original and the newer version. One of the things I noticed straight away was the difference in the size of the armholes. In the photo of the original pattern the armhole looks snug and close fitting.

Having made a few patterns from genuine 1950s patterns I have always found the armholes to be on the small size. However with the new iteration of the pattern Burda seem to have gone the other way and once made up the armhole gaped badly. On the photo of it in the magazine you can clearly spot this difference with the armhole cut much lower.

I therefore ended up having to adjust the shoulder and side seams to make the armholes fit closer. One thing I do like is that the armholes are still finished the old fashioned way with facings although you could substitute bias tape if you so wished.

The attached scarf collar is a lovely feature and fabric choices could create different effects. I used a soft viscose fabric with an abstract spot pattern (but at the time of purchase did not take into account that the material is in fact a check and so some pattern matching across the centre front and side seams was needed). This fabric gives the collar a soft draped look. However if you were to use something like taffeta you could create a much more structured and dramatic effect.

It was difficult choosing buttons for this fabric. If I had gone for round black or mustard colour they would have disappeared into the pattern. In the end I decided to match the cream background colour of the fabric and selected some plain round retro style buttons which look like the ones my mum used to sew on the hand knitted cardigans I wore for primary school.

The only other thing I would say about this pattern is that it makes up on the large size. I cut out my usual Burda size 38 (UK 12) but I think the size 36 (UK 10) would have been a better fit for me. The original pattern only came in two sizes, 40 and 42, and so Burda have updated it to be multi size and I suspect adapted it to fit modern sizing.

2021: What worked? What didn’t?

I’ve been reading quite a few sewing reviews by bloggers critiquing their makes for 2021. I have been mulling over in my mind which of my 2021 makes have been successful and which have not. As a result I thought I’d write a round up of these thoughts.

Navy pinstripe trousers (Burda Pattern Envelope 6332)

I did a review of these trousers here. These were an experiment with making tailored trousers out of jersey fabric. I have to say I have been really pleased with the outcome of this experiment. The jersey I used is quite thick and stable and holds the shape of the trousers, which includes pleats at the waistband, really well. As the fabric is thick I didn’t wear them much until this autumn/winter but they are so comfortable. I don’t know if this is down to the fabric having a slight stretch and soft feel or else the style of the pattern. I am thinking it is probably a bit of both. If you read my account of making these you will know that I had to tweak the trouser width quite a bit but the final adjustments worked well. I definitely would like to make this style again but would have to adjust the width of the pattern.

Denim Dress (Burda World of Fashion Magazine 3/2007 style 109)

Denim dresses seemed to be very popular earlier this year and I jumped on the trend but instead of making the traditional shirt dress style I decided to go for a softer look with puffed sleeves and a hem frill to copy some of the RTW versions I’d been seeing. I used an old Burdastyle pattern with a few adjustments which you can read about here. I have had a lot of wear out of this dress throughout the summer although it is not really suitable for very hot weather due to the medium weight of the denim.

Button Through Skirt (Burda World of Fashion Magazine 3/2007 style 111)

I bought a RTW linen skirt with a frill at the hem in the end of season sales during September 2020. I really liked the style of the skirt and the palm printed linen fabric so I was very disappointed when the skirt was a tad tight at the waist. I ended up gifting it to my sister. I searched hard for some similar fabric but ended up with a more lightweight viscose fabric with a palm print but slightly different colours to the RTW one. I used a pattern from the same Burdastyle magazine that I’d used for my denim dress. In the magazine the skirt with a frilled hem is maxi length. I therefore shortened the skirt pieces so that the skirt finished at a fashionable midaxi length. I also substituted the faced waist with a waistband to give the light fabric more structure at the waist. The first few times I wore the skirt I prevaricated about the length. I ended up shortening the skirt by moving the frill up to create a more midi length but then wondered if I didn’t prefer it midaxi. No worries though as this was a useful garment to wear during hot weather as the fabric is light and the style very comfortable.

Striped T-shirt (Burdastyle Magazine 6/2021 style 121)

This was a bit of serendipity as the pattern I used for the T-shirt was from Burdastyle June 2021 which I had no intention of purchasing until my husband returned with a copy when I had sent him out to look for the July issue. On flicking through the magazine there was nothing I really wanted to make but I’d overlooked this basic crew neck T-shirt. I had some striped jersey in the stash and ran it up very quickly on the overlocker. I love the fit of it and being a more boxy style it proved very comfortable to wear in the warmer weather. One technique which I picked up on instagram was to use a stretch interfacing to add body to the neck band to give a bit more structure and this turned out well. As I feel it is a good pattern which I fully intend using again this year I do not begrudge paying out for a Burdastyle magazine that a) I hadn’t intended buying and b) will probably use one pattern from.

Cropped Linen Trousers (Burda World of Fashion 6/2002 Style 119)

I made the black linen trousers pictured in the photograph of the striped trousers to use up a 1.5 metre length of fabric I had in the stash. I knew I wanted a simple pair of cropped wide leg summer trousers and after scouring my back issues of Burda magazines I opted for a pattern from Burda World of Fashion 6/2002 issue. I cut out a size 38 and they made up quickly but unfortunately the waistband stuck out at centre back. So to rectify this problem I ran a length of one inch wide elastic through the waistband. I wore these a lot through summer especially with the striped T shirt described above. Being linen they suffer from the usual creasing and stretching after being worn a few times. I do love the simplicity of the pattern and would love several more pairs for summer like this. I may look at the waistband situation but if all it takes is a length of elastic to solve then I am okay with that or else I could look at swapping the straight waistband for a curved one.

Brown Dress (Butterick Pattern B6727)

This was one of two things I made this year that wasn’t from a Burda pattern of some sort. For a long time now I have admired the Gabin dress by Rouje. I don’t really wear wrap dresses as they always look a bit bothersome either gaping at the front or the skirt wrap blowing up in the wind. What I like about the Rouje dress is that it has buttons on the front closure. When I saw that Butterick B6727 was a faux wrap and had buttons as well I thought I had hit the jackpot. Alas it was not to be as this project was an unmitigated disaster. I feel this was due to poor choice of fabric and also an iffy pattern. I’d bought the washed linen because a) it was cheap and b) I loved the colour described as ‘conker’. However it was a beast to cut out. It just would not lay flat and decided to act like cutting on a bias in that it kept slipping and pulling in different directions. When I looked at the pieces after cutting out, and especially the flared skirt pieces, they were very distorted. Still I soldiered on. Even though I had chosen the size corresponding to my measurements it was small around the waist yet strangely large around the upper back and neck area. I tweaked and adjusted and ended up with a finished item. However there is no denying that the bodice is tight around the midriff plus the bust darts are a bit strange too. I actually trawled instagram for reviews and found someone saying it was a snug fit for her usual size so I realised it was probably a pattern glitch. So what to do? I have been on the verge of just dumping it and that upsets me because I spent a long time sewing in the invisible zip (which was another nightmare as following the printed instructions you stitch a very long invisible zip in the back seam once the dress has been made up so you have all the weight of the dress pulling against the zip which combined with misbehaving fabric was no mean feat).

I do have enough fabric left to recut the bodice but it means removing the zip, detaching the bodice and probably taking out the sleeves to reuse on a new bodice. Can I face doing that? I do still love the colour of the fabric and the perfect buttons I chose for the dress. It’s gone on to a maybe pile.

Mustard Cardigan (Burdastyle Magazine 9/2021 style 111)

For a while now I have been admiring the True Bias Marlo cardigan but I really do have issues with paying £15+ for a pattern when I could probably buy a RTW cardigan for not much more. So I was really pleased when I saw the Burdastyle version in the September issue. To experiment with the pattern I used some thickish mustard jersey I had in the stash and which was bought a couple of years ago with the intention of making a Christmas jumper as the fabric has a very slight sparkle. The jumper was quick to cut out and run up on the overlocker. The sleeves were very wide on me so I did skim them in a bit on the seam plus I struggled with creating buttonholes on the stretch fabric. Eventually I used the metal stabiliser that comes with the one step button hole foot. Sliding the fabric between the stabiliser and the foot worked a treat. I also wanted a shorter cardigan and so I looked at the length measurement of the short version on the True Bias pattern cover and adjusted the Burdastyle pattern to match. I do think this is a great basic cardigan pattern that can be made up in a variety of knit or jersey fabrics and in different lengths. I haven’t been a huge fan of the issues of Burdastyle this year but having said they have had some good patterns for wardrobe basics.

Taupe Trousers (Burdastyle Magazine 1/2021 style 105)

I bought a 1.5 m remnant of taupe coloured cotton twill early in the year with the intention of making a pair of summer trousers. I had already chosen style 105 from the January issue of Burdastyle and had the pattern drafted but I did not start making the trousers until September. The pattern has a piece added on the bottom of the legs but I omitted that and just elongated the front and back leg pieces. The other addition I made was to add belt loops. I do like the option of being able to wear a belt with trousers. Unfortunately these trousers can enter the same category as the brown Butterick dress. Well to be fair not totally an unmitigated disaster but I do not like the fabric as it creases as soon as you look at it. Also they are a bit tight around the crutch area. This is not a problem I usually have with Burda trousers but I then realised the pattern is a petite version and so I decided that just like RTW petite trousers they are probably cut shorter in the body. However I have worn these and if they had some stretch in them I think they would be 100% better with less creasing and more comfort. So as yet not totally ditched but as a result of making these I have come to the conclusion that in future my preference will be for making trousers with a modicum of stretch in the fabric as I think it makes all the difference.

Green Cords (Burdastyle Magazine 10/2021 style 106)

Talking about stretch fabric I feel I could also apply that thinking to the corduroy I chose to make these trousers. I purchased the fabric from a local market trader online during lockdown early in the year. I’m not a big fan of buying fabric over the internet unless I have had a sample first but this time I went by the photograph of the corduroy and ordered 1.5 metres. When it arrived I was a bit disappointed as I was visualising khaki green and this was more sage green. In fairness to the trader they had described it as sage green so really it was totally my fault. So I put the fabric to one side and even began to think what other projects I could use it for. I considered a jacket but no way was 1.5 metres going to be enough. Then during the summer and autumn I started noticing a lot of RTW items in sage green. Feeling that the colour was trending I dragged it out of its hiding place. I decided that if I cut it with the nap running up the garment as opposed to down that the corduroy hangs with the darker shade. Just about the time I was contemplating using it for trousers again Burdastyle 10/21 arrived. Inside was a pattern for a nice looking pair of culottes and although described as culottes they looked a bit more like a wide pair of trousers in the photos. Well that turned out to be a bit of clever photography because the pattern pieces were very wide which in fairness they should be if they are ‘culottes’. The hem width was about 24 inches and in the end I narrowed them down to 20 inches. I have to say these are an excellent fit at the waist and over the hips plus being corduroy they are very comfortable to wear even if they do crease the minute you sit down in them. I’m not sure if I would use the pattern again however as I think it would be easier to use a proper wide leg trouser pattern (as opposed to culottes) and I know I have one somewhere in my collection.

Vintage 1980s blouse (McCalls 8626 1983)

This was a one off make for an event I was going to and I wanted a stock collar look. I bought the vintage 1980s pattern off Etsy.

It is a fabric guzzling pattern as the stock collar piece is cut on the cross and takes about a metre of fabric by itself! I had some white cotton to use for it and managed to squeeze cutting it out but I had to shorten the collar piece slightly with the result that the tie ends are not quite as long as I would like and also to tie it I have to pull it a bit tight. Still this was a fun make as it had pintucks and puffed sleeves with cuffs not to mention the stock collar tie.

In fact if the neck fit was comfortable I would probably wear it more often as the eighties styles definitely had a bit of a resurgence this year and I keep thinking it would look pretty good with the pinstripe trousers.

Anyway that’s the end of my 2021 roundup and turned out slightly longer than anticipated as unfortunately I never seemed to get around to blogging about the various makes individually. Still better late than never and next up will be a look forward to 2022 plans.

A Me Made May and #memademay21

At the end of last summer I bought a RTW skirt in the sales but unfortunately it was too small. I was very disappointed as I really liked the style – a button though skirt with a deep frill at the hem. The mid calf length RTW skirt was made in a linen like fabric with a peach and khaki green palm print on a cream background. As I liked it so much I decided I would try and emulate it by making one. However finding similar fabric was a challenge but I came across a palm print viscose fabric in blues and greens with a touch of yellow in a local store which I bought as an alternative.

I set about looking for a similar pattern and thought I could adapt style 111 in Burda World of Fashion March 2007 (the same edition containing the pattern I used for my denim dress). The skirt pattern was maxi length but I felt I could raise the frill to match the overall length of the RTW one. I actually took measurements from the RTW skirt and cut out the skirt part and frill to correspond. The Burda pattern has a grown on raised waist which is faced but I felt the viscose fabric was quite soft so to add more structure I added a waistband.

The skirt was fairly simple to make with darts on the front and back pieces. I wanted more of a subtle frill than the one on the original pattern and using the ruffler attachment on my sewing machine I did a shallow pleat spaced out every 6 stitches. After attaching the frill to the skirt part the front edges including those of the frill are then folded back to make facings which are stitched down to create the button and buttonhole bands. I had a bit of difficulty finding buttons. I thought I’d found the perfect bluey green ones on the local market but there were only three left in the tube! As I wanted to get the skirt completed to wear and photograph on the last day of #memademay I used some ivory ones I already had in the stash.

After wearing the skirt and seeing it photographed I decided on two things. One that the ivory buttons needed to be replaced as soon as possible with ones that would stand out against the cream background and two that I would shorten the skirt. Although I am generally wearing longer dresses and skirts these days compared to what I have been used to in the past, I felt this skirt just needed to be shortened a tad. So after the remedial work I have ended up with the following garment and am much happier with it.

#memademay21

I just thought I’d put down some thoughts about the #memademay21 challenge.

I joined Instagram at the beginning of 2020 mainly to enter a competition by posting a photograph of a finished garment. I have written about the competition here. A few months after joining instagram I saw a lot of posts about the #memademay challenge and enjoyed looking at people putting together outfits from their homemade wardrobes. I wasn’t sure if I had enough homemade garments to participate in the challenge this year but eventually thought I would join in even if it only meant posting sporadically. Having taken part I’m not sure how I feel about it. I really wanted to see the wide variety of different people posting their makes but the same things kept coming up on my feed and as other people have pointed out it sometimes felt like adverts for particular patterns being promoted. To get a true sense of the range of people participating I had to make sure I searched for the #memademay21 hashtag regularly and scroll through the photos there. In the end I posted about seven day’s worth. I did wear memades on other days too but cajoling family members into taking photographs of me was a bit tiring. I think the weather also dampened enthusiasm as it was so cold and wet throughout May apart from the last weekend.

Below are the outfits I did photograph which basically encompass most of the memades in my wardbrobe. Left to right: black trousers (Burda pattern 6985 ), leopard skirt (Patrones Magazine 408), windowpane check trousers (My Image Magazine 15), denim dress (Burda World of Fashion 3/2007), mustard dress (Vogue 9371), black jersey jumpsuit (My Image Magazine 20) and frilled skirt (Burda World of Fashion 3/2007). I think there were a few tops and one pair of trousers I didn’t get round to wearing.

I know social media can be a bit demoralising at times and I did have days where I began to feel I am thirty years too late for instagram. Many of the memades also seem to be indie patterns and I am not really an indie pattern person. It’s not that I don’t like some of the patterns because I do but I am reluctant to pay £15 plus for a pattern usually a PDF. I tend to rely more on my back catalogue of Burda magazines and generally see what I can cobble together out of those. So to some extent I feel a bit disconnected from that indie pattern community. Although having said that by following #memademay21 I have seen some very nice garments and have made a mental note of some of the patterns that caught my eye. Here is a list of some I like:

Named Reeta Dress

Helen’s Closet Gilbert top

SewHouse7 Free Range Slacks

Closet Core Elodie Wrap Dress

Annaallenclothing Pomona Pants

However, ever the economist I am still wondering how I can replicate these using my current stash of patterns especially as I would be spending a lot of money on PDF patterns which involve all that sticking together.

I was sometimes a bit overwhelmed by the amount of memades some people were showing. I know these may have been made over the course of several years but it made my memades seem a bit feeble. I most enjoyed seeing how some people such as The Steely Seamstress used a limited collection of garments but really experimented with how to put these together to create several new outfits. I have been having conversations with myself about how many clothes I really need in my wardrobe. I prevaricate on this issue. On one hand with the raised awareness of environmental issues I feel I shouldn’t be making superflous garments and possibly ones that are not really me and will never get worn. On the other hand I still feel dressmaking is an art form and a creative outlet like painting and so if you feel like making something because you fancy the challenge, like a particular fabric or want to try out techniques then how does it differ to a painter producing many paintings some which would be successful and others not?

The other thing I realised was that most of my memades are summery and I definitely need to make a few more layering items. So it gave me an opportunity to assess the gaps in my wardrobe. I do need more trousers and by more I probably mean a couple of pairs for summer/autumn. Also I know I keep saying I am going to make my own t-shirts but I always gravitate to RTW ones and succumbed by ending up purchasing a few new ones this week. Outerwear is also any area I need to look at for autumn and winter but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Also knit tops would be useful and these could be handknitted (although I am not the fastest knitter in the world) or sewn as I am more comfortable using the overlocker now. I have realised I have to curb my purchasing fabric on a whim habit. I’ve been doing this a lot over the last few years and then you have the dilemma of what you want to use the fabric for plus tastes and fashions change so you often realise you don’t want it any longer anyway. I have sorted my stash out and intend selling or donating the fabric I no longer want. In future I am going to only buy fabric to fit a particular purpose when I have decided what I want to make.

So the positive of participating in #memademay2021 is that it has definitely made me reflect on my current wardrobe, analyse what works and what doesn’t and also how I want to shape it going forward with new memade garments.

A Denim Dress

Denim seems to be having a moment as apart from jeans and jackets, it appears to be the current choice of fabric for a range of garments including skirts, jumpsuits, blouses and especially dresses. To be fair denim is never really out of fashion but occasionally it raises its game and is used for clothes other than the humble pair of jeans.

Ready to wear denim dresses have been popping up all over social media feeds and so I thought maybe I should join in the craze and sew one myself. When I made this decision the sun was also shining brightly and images of lazy hot days floating around in feminine clothing came to mind but of course since that dream the weather has taken a turn for the worse and is decidedly unseasonable. In fact downright cold! Still not to mind as I now have a dress all ready for the return of the sun.

My first thought was to make the usual shirt/Wrangler jacket style dress. However I was noticing that elements like puffed sleeves were also being featured on the ready to wear models and I was reminded of a lovely frilled denim skirt I had way back when. So I decided to opt for a softer look for my denim dress.

I knew straight away which pattern I wanted to use. Style 109 in Burda World of Fashion Magazine from March 2007 has been one of my most favourite Burda designs ever. Over the years I have had so many plans to make the dress and have envisaged it in a variety of fabrics. So it was with great excitement that I was tracing off the pattern at long last. The pattern can also be used for two blouse designs in the magazine, one of which has a stand collar and I chose to use this on my dress rather than the turn down shirt style.

I also added a couple of inches to the depth of the frill to create a midi length. Although the cap sleeves are sweet I wanted a more current look and so substituted them with a deeper elbow length puffed sleeve which I drafted from a model in the July 1975 issue of Burda Moden. I loved that this added a genuine retro touch to the garment and feeds into that seventies feel so popular at the moment.

The denim I had chosen was a medium weight bought from Boyes a local chain of shops which have fantastic fabric and haberdashery departments at great value. I was torn between a light denim and a darker shade. Eventually I went for the darker shade as I thought the light colour might wash me out and I liked the darker denim ready to wear dresses I had been looking at.

The making up of the dress was not too complicated as the actual body of the dress does not have any shaping apart from bust darts. When I was tracing off the pattern I thought these looked a bit high and so it proved as I had to lower them by about an inch. I thought the frill would be a straight forward gather but the instructions are for actually creating 58 pleats in the fabric. Well I couldn’t be bothered to do all the pleating and thought this was a job for the Janome ruffler attachment machine foot. My first attempt ended up looking like a tutu. The fabric Burda use for the design in the magazine is very lightweight and so I decided that the medium weight denim needed some of the width of the frill removing. My second attempt proved ideal. For those of you who own a ruffler attachment the measurements I first used were 4mm every stitch (see below) but my final frill has a pleat depth of 4 mm spaced every six stitches apart.

When it came to the sleeve I had to remove about half an inch around the armscye as the bottom half of the armhole on the original cap sleeve is bound and fits close to the armpit. I needed to make more room for fitting the elbow length puff sleeve I was replacing it with. I was very pleased that the sleeve fitted well as you never know when you are swapping things around. My final dilemma was regarding the drawstring at the waist. I do like a drawstring but I felt the denim might stick out and not drape like the lightweight fabric used by Burda. Instead I have opted for a wide tie belt to cinch the waist.

Last summer I was a bit disappointed with the Vogue dress I made. I had high expectations and although I like it I know the fit is not what I was hoping for so I entered this project with trepidation but I need not have worried because I am more than pleased with the outcome. I chose a Burda size 38 (UK 12) cutting a size 36 (UK 10)around the neckline and collar where I prefer a close fit. I am very happy that I have finally made this style as I love the result and am now desperate for the warm weather to return so that I can debut it. It might look nice and sunny in the photograph below but I can confirm it was freezing standing in the garden in summer clothes!