Sew In Tune: Step On

February 11, 2015

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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  • Reply Stacey February 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    These are A-mazing! And the fully lined bit is genius. My kids have pants that are specifically they’re favorites and want to wear them every time they’re clean. This at least would make it seam as if they’re not wearing the same pants several times a week. Also, your line of “twisted” clothing is the coolest thing around. Thanks so much for joining us!

  • Reply Ines February 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    These are super cool! Watermelons are the coolest inspiration, I can totally see why you couldn’t get the idea of making these out of your head; they’re perfect. Love the whole outfit!

  • Reply huisje boompje boefjes February 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Ha, this is so much fun! It’s the perfect watermelon 🙂

  • Reply Rita February 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    This is behond clever… I absolutly love the idea! So cool! Really nice interpretation of the song… 🙂

  • Reply Mie February 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, this SO work!!!! Amazing!!!

  • Reply Melissa February 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Such a fun look! Thanks for sewing along.

  • Reply Olu February 11, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Abso’fruit’ly brilliant! Look good enough to eat 😉

    Ha ha, I always thought it was ‘twisting your mellow man’ and I had no idea what it meant. Did you know what it meant all along or did you look it up?

  • Reply Abby February 12, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Love these! They are so bright and fun! Reversible pants is such a great idea. They must be so comfy.

  • Reply sameeha February 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Love it

  • Reply Jane February 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Laura I love the way it all came together!!! So so good! Can’t wait for that trouser pattern too!

  • Reply Diana February 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

    They look super cool! The all outfit does!

  • Reply Ari February 16, 2015 at 12:52 am

    GET OUT.

    this are amazing. i am so in love!!

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