Twisted Trousers Testers

I mentioned last week that I had an amazing group of testers for the Twisted Trousers and I really did. They hung in there for almost 3 weeks of testing, were so supportive and gave me valuable feedback to help improve the pattern. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Before I share their version I should remind you that there’s less than 6 hours left to take advantage of the sale. Anyone on my mailing list or in my Facebook group can get 25% off all my patterns  – valid until midnight GMT today. If you haven’t got the code and would like to take advantage of this offer then you can either sign up for the Titchy Threads newsletter here or request to join the Titchy Threads patterns Facebook group here.

I think you’ll see from the photos below that everyone’s Twisted Trousers turned out amazing. There is also so much variety – solids that will go well with everything, topstitched pairs, pairs with pops of bright piping, gorgeous florals, two tone pairs and fun prints.

Ages 2 to 5

Twisted Trousers Testers - ages 2 to 5

Row 1: Left and Right – Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes , Centre – Candy

Row 2: Left – Audrey’s closet, Centre – Natalie from Sew Outnumbered, Right – Ines from La Folie Sewing Booth

Row 3: Left – Amy from Friends Stitched Together, Centre – Maria from My Cozy Co, Right – Ashley

Ages 6 to 12

Twisted Trousers Tester - ages 6 to 12

Row 1: Left – Diana from Miss Castelinhos, Centre – Carla from Rita Pirolita, Right – Bridget from bbsbeenbusy

Row 2: Left – Nadine Simard, Centre – Melissa of A Happy Stitch, Right – Karly from Paisley Roots

Row 3: Left – Karly from Paisley Roots (as for row 2), Centre and Right – Shelly from Sew Shelly Sew

Emily from My Craft Little Self made a batman inspired pair and then styled a whole outfit around them. I’m pretty sure her son will be wearing these all the time.

Twisted Trousers by Emily of MyCraftyLittleSelf

Melissa from A Happy Stitch made another couple of pairs in sweatshirt fleece for her sons. These look so comfy and I would definitely recommend it as a suitable fabric to use

Twisted Trousers in sweatshirt fleece by Melissa of A Happy Stitchand last but certainly not least, Mie from Sewing Like Mad made a whole twisted outfit, pairing the twisted trousers with the twisted tank. Mie also added an exposed elastic waistband, which works just as well as the knit waistband included in the pattern instructions.

Twisted Trousers and Twisted Tank by Mie of SewingLikeMad

So I think you’ll agree that all of these ladies did an incredible job. Huge thanks also go to my other testers Sara, Celina, Rita, Elsa, Alicia and Linda.

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Pattern release and sale: Twisted Trousers available now

Twisted Trousers by Titchy Threads

It’s been very quiet here recently but I have been working hard pattern testing and I am so excited to announce that the Twisted Trousers pattern is now available in my shop!. Unfortunately when I am testing a pattern I feel like it has to get my full focus. Testing on this pattern took quite a lot longer than I expected. Luckily, I had an amazing group of testers who worked with me to ensure the fit is just right and the instructions are clear and easy to understand. The adorable little girl in the image below is by one of those testers and I’ll be sharing more of their versions soon.

Twisted Trousers Cover

Twisted Trousers Illustrations, pattern by Titchy Threads

I also have a bonus release today. Initially I hoped to release the Twisted Trousers at the same time as the Twisted Tank. I haven’t quite managed that but the I am re-releasing the Twisted Tank with the added option of an untwisted tank (otherwise known as a regular tank, or just a tank). If you already purchased the pattern then the upgrade is available in your Titchy Threads account. I can’t wait to make several of these – twisted and regular – for my boys for spring. You can buy both twisted patterns for a reduced price – add both to your basket to get the Twisted Tank for half price (the discount will be applied at checkout, no need for a code).  Also, read to the bottom of the post to find out how you can get an even bigger discount.

Twisted Tank Cover, pattern by Titchy Threads

Back to the Twisted Trousers for now though. This is probably my favourite pattern I’ve designed so far and I’ve been working on it for a long time. I first shared them in my Sewing for Kindergarten post last year but the idea has been in my mind since before I started releasing patterns. I will share more details of two pairs shown in the top photo and the one below in a future blog post but they were inspired by a theme and the weather wasn’t warm enough to get photos of the T-shirts that go with them. If anyone can guess the theme I’ll be very impressed.

Star Twisted Trousers, pattern by Titchy Threads

The unusual feature of these trousers is that the side seams twist around to the front and the inseams twist to the back. I have become addicted to making all my pairs reversible. Even now it seems like it won’t work and then at the last minute you turn them out and have a completely reversible pair of trousers with no exposed seams. I think some of you will love that feature too. The front slant pocket design gives an opportunity for some surprise details. I love the one below, which was sewn by Mie from Sewing Like Mad.

Twisted Trousers front pocket, sewn by Mie of Sewing Like Mad

The bigger bonus of this pattern is that my boys love them and keep wanting to wear them. The fit is slim but not too tight, the waistband means they can easily dress themselves and they especially love the reversible pairs.

If you are on my mailing list or in my Facebook group then you will already know about today’s release and you will have also received a discount code of 25% off all my patterns that is valid for the next week (until midnight GMT on March 11th). If you haven’t got the code and would like to take advantage of this offer then you can either sign up for the Titchy Threads newsletter here or request to join the Titchy Threads patterns Facebook group here. Either way you’ll make sure you’re the first to find out any Titchy Threads news and the Facebook group is a great place to share things you’ve made with my patterns and ask questions as well.

 

 

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Sew In Tune: Step On

Watermelon Twisted Trousers by Craftstorming

I am joining in with the Sew in Tune series today, hosted by Stacey of Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy and Melissa of Melly Sews. If you haven’t heard of it before the idea is to sew up an outfit inspired by a song. This series has run a few times now but just before it was first announced I was getting ready to run a very similar series! After I heard about it I went with a completely different series idea (Sew Yummy) so I’m very excited to be sharing a song related outfit after all this time.

Watermelon Twisted Trousers - front pockets

The song I chose is called Step On and is by a band called the Happy Mondays, who were popular in the UK in the late 80s / early 90s. You can watch the song on here. They are not really one of my favourite bands but they were fairly influential in the British indie music scene. They also helped to pave the way for a lot of bands in the Britpop era. It is probably their most catchy, well known tune and I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

Watermelon Twisted Trousers

I first got the idea to make some watermelon trousers from Kristin’s fruit strip skirt tutorial. I wanted to try and find a way to make it work for boys and decided piping would be the best way to add the contrast colour. I followed Kristin’s suggestion to carve a seed stamp out of the eraser on the end of a pencil.

So what has Step Up got to do with watermelons? Well, the more memorable line from the song is “You’re twisting my melon, man”, which basically means “Hey, you’re really confusing me”. My Twisted Trousers pattern was the last piece of the puzzle and the piping on the side seam really highlights the twist and makes the watermelon more obvious.

Watermelon Twisted Trousers - back pockets

I had grander plans for the top but decided this T-shirt, with a subtle “Why?” on it, was a good balance to the vibrant trousers. I cheated a bit because I made this two years ago for Casper. Also, when I say “made” I actually mean I added a some vinyl to the front of a ready made T-shirt.

Why? T-shirt

I ended up making the trousers a bit too long for him because I wanted to make sure he could fold up the inside green layer as cuffs. Fortunately Rowan absolutely loves them and will be glad he can wear them for a long time! It does mean that they bunch up a bit too much and the front and back twists get hidden – you can see them better below. You can also see that they are fully reversible. I am addicted to doing this to trousers now and it’s included as an option in the pattern (currently in testing and due for release next week).

Watermelon Twisted Trousers - collage

Thank you so much for Stacey and Melissa for having me today. Don’t forget to visit their blogs to see what the other 3 guests have made today.

 

 

 

 

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365: Week 5

I find I am in the habit of taking a daily photo now but I was also editing daily and that has gone out the window for the time being. It didn’t help that I was getting the Twisted Trousers ready for testing but that is finished now and they should be ready for release in a week or so. I will be back on Wednesday sharing a pair for the ‘Sew in Tune’ series.

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Love Sewing Magazine: Issue 9

Rise and Shine Raglan by Titchy Threads

Rise and Shine Raglan in Love Sewing magazine

Love Sewing is a fairly new sewing magazine that was launched in the UK last year. You can buy copies of several issues here – their international postage is pretty reasonable too. I have worked with them on a few issues now but my feature in issue 9 was my favourite so far because it included both of my boys. Of course I wasn’t saying that when I was trying to get a decent photo of both of them at the same time!

Rise and Shine Raglan by Titchy Threads

For this issue I created a brand new raglan pattern called the Rise and Shine Raglan. I also shared an updated version of my puppet sleeves tutorial. This will be included as an option when I release a full version of this pattern along with at least one other extra option.

Puppet Sleeves Tutorial

The boys were pretty excited to see themselves in the magazine, especially as we were all out together when I found it on sale and they could see themselves on the back cover.

Love Sewing magazine

Love Sewing magazine 2

 

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365: Week 4

I can’t say I’m happy with all of the photos I took this week. However, I am really pleased to have now completed the first month of my 365 (you will see the last 3 days of the month in next week’s post). I feel like if I stop for even one day then that might be the end of the whole project.

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365: Week 3

I’m a little late this week. The last three days have felt like a real struggle, fingers crossed I can push through this. I really need to become a morning person to try and capture the best light we get in our house.

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Stop Motion Jelly Baby Cheesecake Invasion

Slow Motion Jelly Baby Cheesecake Invasion

Back in August last year I made a cheesecake with my boys, not just any old cheesecake though – a baked vanilla cheesecake using a Jamie Oliver recipe that I’ve made many times before. It’s my favourite type and has never failed me. Even though I typically choose a chocolate dessert I much prefer a vanilla cheesecake.

Making the cheesecake 2

Making the cheesecake 1

I tried to let the boys get on with as much of the recipe as possible without me while I took photos of them. I can’t believe how much younger Casper looks in the photo above, even though it’s only about 6 months ago.

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We all had a great afternoon and decided to decorate it with jelly babies. I thought it would be fun to make a stop motion video of the jelly babies invading the cheesecake. Casper loved helping to move them around and got very involved but Rowan was just a little bit too young at the time. So here is the video….

I think it took about an hour to get 13 seconds of video.

Jelly Baby Cheesecake Invasion 3

You can find the recipe here. Other than omitting the fruit compote the only change I made was to use hobnobs instead of digestives for the base. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad Jamie Oliver recipe and this one is amazing.

Jelly Baby Cheesecake Invastion 2

I’ll just leave you with a few more photos of the boys making the cheesecake. It reminds me that I need to do some more baking with them soon.

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Making the cheesecake 3

 

 

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365: Week 2

I’m still sticking with the daily photos and it’s been great for forcing me to get the camera out each day. The days where my boys are at school and pre-school all day are the hardest for me as it’s dark until after they leave and is almost dark by the time I’ve collected them. I can’t wait for spring when there will be more hours of daylight.

The other thing I am finding difficult is narrowing down the photos I’ve taken each day to just one. Some days are easier than others.

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365: Week 1

Hello and Happy New Year to you! I took a slightly unplanned blog break over the holidays and have been easing myself back into things over the last week. This includes making some fun plans for this here blog.

One commitment I have made this year is a 365 photography project. There is no set theme, I just take a photo a day – otherwise I find I tend to be very sporadic and take lots of photos one day then don’t take my camera out for several days. I am loving it so far although I don’t feel like I’ve come out of my comfort zone yet. I have decided to post the photos here once a week, with very few words, so here is week 1. You might be able to tell that one of the family had a birthday this week.

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