Last week’s Sew Weekly challenge was to use two different prints in one outfit. Mixing prints is a bit of a struggle for me. I’m a sewing minimalist – famous for my white on white! I do like a good print, I just usually like it to stand on its own.
But I want to push myself, so I consulted my list of things that I actually need to make for myself (because I don’t believe in making something I don’t need and won’t wear just for the sake of fulfilling a Sew Weekly challenge – that’s just wasteful), and top of the list was tap pants.
As you may know, I love tap pants. I have quite a few pairs, but with the amount of swing dancing I do, and how often I wear skirts in windy Wellington, I can never have too many pairs.
And top of my list was a pair to wear under my ‘Not Actually a Circle Skirt’ dress (which I didn’t blog about here, because, well, it’s kinda boring, and I didn’t really make it), and I thought “Ha! The dress is already a pattern – I’ll just make patterned tap pants to go under it.”
So I pulled out all the pattern possibilities in my stash, and sat on the floor with the circle of the skirt spread around me, and the fabric sitting on it.
I like the bright paisley on the far right best, but the rose trellis second from the left was a much nicer, finer, smoother cotton, so it won the fabric battle.
I’d got everything but the hemming done on the tap pants when I decided that patterned tap pants under a patterned dress was a bit of a cop-out ( I mean, it’s not often that you get to see both of them together!), so I did a pyjama hem on the tap pants in this sweet green and white checked voile.
Voilá! Two patterns in one item.
Problem: How to actually photograph the darn things?
With the Waialua to Wellington tap pants I chickened/stuck by my morals/got lazy (it’s all about perspective!) and just photographed them on Isabella. But these tap pants are much less lingerie-y, so I decided to bet brave and creative about finding a way to show them off.
Also, Mr D teased me into taking this picture, and I saw it and had a “River Song discovers that she has Alex Kingston’s derriere” moment:
Are those my legs?!? If my legs look like every day that I’m going to wear short shorts all.the.time! (they don’t, but all the dancing I do is sure paying off!). So this time I’m photographing the tap pants on me under my dress.
Roses and tap makes me think of the ‘Moses Supposes’ number from Singing in the Rain (love that film, love that song!). So these are ‘Toeses & Roses’ tap pants, because calling them ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ is something only Steven Moffat could get away with.
In my nod to the film I wore a cardigan over my dress – love Donald and Gene’s cardigans in that scene!
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 3/4 metre of rose-trellis patterned cotton, and a scrap of green and white checked voile for trim.
Pattern: My own, based on a vintage pair of tap pants that I own.
Notions: 28″ of elastic for the waist.
Hours: 1.5, including dithering over fabric. Not bad for me!
Wear again?: Yes! Even after I give away the ‘Not Actually a Circle Skirt’ dress. These are super comfortable and practical. They would make great summer pyjama bottoms too.
Total cost: I think I paid $2 for 2 metres of the rose patterned cotton at an op shop, and $5 a metre for the green and white voile, so for the amount of each I used, $1.50.
And the inside? French seams all the way. Nothing to scratch and irritate as I dance the night away!
And for a final bit of happiness: