Monday, November 3, 2014

Papercut Ooh La Leggings and KwikSew 3892

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

Sooooo I found the best place to take pictures.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

On the way to my weekly knitting night, I always drive by this vacant diner. It looks like a really theme-y but average faux diner kinda place, with lots of chrome and fake art deco details. This past week I really needed to take some pictures, and as I drove by the diner I realized that the sun was setting and the back of the diner was in some nice diffused shade, so I turned into the parking lot hoping there'd be some kind of wall back there that would be good for pictures.

And oh, was there a wall.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

Apparantly said vacant diner used to be a Harley Davidson, evidenced by this awesome mural.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

There are a lot of characters in this mural, but I just have to show you one, close up, because he is really, REALLY enjoying his 'Starbuck' coffee.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

Sadly, I did not seem to get a closeup of Stoner Santa [see previous photo, just left of my head.] But that just leaves something for next time.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

I'm wearing a pair of Papercut Ooh La Leggings, one of my travel sewing projects that I actually got done [woohoo!]. And I LOVE THEM. They are so comfy and soft but somehow feel like more than just leggings. I think all the seams help. The fabric is a thick and soft acid wash knit from Wanderlust. This colorway is out but there is a lighter one still available.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

If you follow me on instagram, you saw me post these and lament that I accidentally lined up the pattern repeat on both front legs, which is true if you kind of squint and look at them. Upon investigating the fabric though, I realized that the print repeat is really, really small, only like 6" x 10". Because of habit I cut all the pieces in the same direction, so there was really no way around having similar splotches close to each other. If I had realized how small the repeat was, it might have been beneficial to cut adjacent pieces in opposite directions on the fabric to really switch up the print and make it feel more random. Food for thought for next time!

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

Fit wise, I cut an XS which was just a touch under my measurements, but the next size up would have been too big. I ended up taking a 1" wedge out of the front crotch seam, because I made a semi-muslin and there was extra fabric there. This made them fit pretty perfectly. The pattern comes up really high, past my belly button. I like high pants, but I think for my next version I might take off just an inch or so to lower them a bit.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

The sweatshirt is another travel project that I didn't really plan for but made kind of spontaneously. I'd been eyeing the Papercut SJ Tee AND the new Grainline Linden for a good raglan sweatshirt candidate, but I already owned this KwikSew 3892 which was similar enough, so I was responsible and used the one I already had. I cut the XS despite the fact that the bust measurement was 3" smaller than my actual bust, because I know that KwikSew has silly, RIDICULOUS ease. And it worked out!

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

I opted for the pocket and also lengthened the main body by 1". I had wanted to do 2" but didn't have enough fabric. The fabric is a mostly rayon ponte that I bought from Spandex World in the hopes of making workout pants, but it's way too thick. But it's perfect for a sweatshirt! It's gray with this sort of blue sheen to it that's really pretty.

Papercut Ooh La Leggings

I really like this sweatshirt pattern, and have two other knits that I hope to make into the same thing. As I type this, I only have two more days before I leave for my trip, so I'm not sure if I'll get to them. I'll let you know when I get back!

13 comments:

  1. That's such a great backdrop! The leggings look really fun too :-)

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  2. Great outfit! I've been wearing my scuba leggings non-stop since I finished them, so I'm definitely a sew your own leggings-convert :) Great backdrop, and whyyy do I not have weekly knitting nights in my life?! Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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    1. thanks! and i *highly* recommend weekly knitting nights, especially if they are at a bar like the one i go to!

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  3. Hahah YES!!! I've been waiting for this post ;) The leggings and sweatshirt look great, and I think you've inspired me to finally sew up a pair of leggings!

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  4. I love the ooh la la pattern!! Yours turned out great. Nice work on getting some things made before your trip. Looking forward to great photos of your trip with said garments in action :)

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  5. What an awesome photo location you found! Very cool! I love the leggings; I'm a huge fan of prints like that, The sweatshirt is pretty awesome as well.

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  6. Dude, BEST PHOTO BACKDROP EVER!

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  7. Please take photos of all your makes in front of this wall. Amazing!

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    1. hahaha i should seriously consider this mural becoming the theme of my blog.

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  8. This is the best photo location everrrr! I'm thinking that the guy drinking coffee looks like Kevin Costner thinking he is in SOA? Yes?

    These leggings are so cute! You and Lauren are making me think that I need to make them...

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    1. OMG it totally does!!

      and you should make them! i'm already on the prowl for fabric for my next pair...

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  9. That is the coolest mural! And those are THE coolest pants / leggings.

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  10. I want these leggings so badly! I got a swatch of this fabric with an order from Wanderlust, but tried to be responsible and now I'm kicking myself! You look super cool!

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