A few weeks ago I received a message from Inês asking if I was interested in making a surprise video for Mie. “Who is Mie?” I replied. There was an assumption that I (along with about 35 other bloggers) knew who she was, without any more information than a three letter name.
As it happens, I was just kidding (oooh! I’m such a card). The kid-sewing-blogging community is a small one and unlike Kevin Bacon, there is less than six degrees of separation between us. So I knew exactly who Mie was, even if I didn’t know how to pronounce her name.
Mie blogs at Sewing Like Mad, I got familiar with her during Stylo 04 when she posted some photos in our secret Facebook group of what she had made. I couldn’t take my eyes off her colourblocked Sunki dress. Which looked nothing like my Sunki dress or any other Sunki dress I had ever seen. To me her Sunki dress was a masterpiece and from that point onwards, I became a Sewing Like Mad fan.
I later found out that Mie was the Colourblocking Queen. Now we’re sharing the same dream and our hearts they beat as one…
Mie can colourblock in places you would think were uncolourblockable. (But she can’t spell colourblock, arrrrgh!!! COLOUR HAS A ‘U’.)
I love the idea of colourblocking but choosing fabrics that mix and match, contrast and compliment drives me into procrastination.
But, inspired by the Colourblocking Queen, I decided to make some Morocco Pants (at last).
So I took a trip to Walthamstow Market and with surprisingly little effort I found some twill at ‘the stall outside Sainsbury’s’ which came in a variety of colours. Incase you visit Walthamstow Market during the week, its ‘the stall between the mall and the library’.
If you live within 1000 miles of Walthamstow, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Anyway, I digress. There were 6 or 7 colours to choose from and it took me only a few minutes to pick black, steel blue and azure blue. Please refer to Exhibit A.
The speed at which I choose my fabric shocked me into shopping further. And lo and behold I came across some canvas in multitude of delicious colours at Saeeds. My eyes became fixated with a lime green, a dirty mustard yellow and a powder blue. I bought the powder blue [Exhibit B] and left.
Then, I accidentally stumble and fell into the fabric shop ‘just past Saeeds’. Unable to resist a bargain and a really lovely baby blue colour, I made a small purchase and left with a bag containing the lovely baby blue fabric, note Exhibit C above.
So there I was, 2 hours later with all the evidence of a successful fabric shopping splurge, ready for some fun colourblocking action.
Never mind that I only needed 3 colours, it only took 4 days Your honour to make up my mind which blue to go with.
I now present to you ladies and gentlemen, my black, steel and baby blue Morocco Pants.
Being an advanced pattern, you need to have a certain degree of knowledge, logic and accuracy to take on the challenge of the Morocco Pants. Hmmm! I struggled at step 2 and it was uphill onwards. Certainly a pattern that I shouldn’t have been working on after the midnight hour when my brain cells aren’t working to their fullest.
Anyway I got through it, with just one dodgy welt pocket as proof that late night sewing is detrimental to becoming a skilful Sewing Ninja. Hi yaa!!!
I am really pleased with my colourblocking, the Morocco Pants fit really well and look pretty damn cool don’t you think?
In case you were wondering…
- I sized up 2 sizes so that they last a while
- I took them in at the waist somewhat (with the ability to let them out as my daughter grows)
- To fasten, I added a snap and concealed it behind the lining
- I lengthened them to infinity and beyond
Thank you Mie, if I ever feel my colourblocking (spelt with a ‘u’), procrastination disorder coming on, I will refer back to your Stylo Sunki dress for colourblocking inspiration and candy for my eyes.
Mie is quite an inspiration in the kid-sewing-blogging community…
Here’s the proof…
And if you want to hear more about how Mie inspired other sewing bloggers, click on the links below…
Celina . Petit à Petit and Family, Abby . Sew Much Ado, Rita . Conversas de Hermanas, Heidi . Handmade Frenzy, Olu . Needle and Ted, An . StraightGrain, Jenya . While she was Sleeping, Trine . Groovy Baby and Mama, Andreia . In a Manner of Sewing, Jess . Sewing Rabbit, Hayley . Welcome to the Mouse House, Marta . Do Guincho, Maria . My Cozy Co, Natalie . La Gang à Nat, Holli . Hello Holli, Erin . Erin Always, Olga . Coffee and Thread, Delia . Delia Creates, Alida . Alida Makes, Gabriela . Chalk and Notch, Victoria . As it Seams, Rachel . Stitched Together, Chelise . Chelise Patternson, Emi . Just Add Fabric, Inês . La Folie
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Thanks so much for joining in the fun Olu! I am so honoured you choose to make the Morocco for this post! They look seriously amazing, and such a wise move to make them bigger and last longer. Also, sorry about step 2 😉 xxx
I’m so glad I had the push to finally make them. Oh yes, if she grew out of these in the next few months I think I would cry. No biggie about step 2 lol! If I didn’t love the Morocco Pants sp much I wouldn’t have even attempted an advanced pattern. I’m quite proud of myself for getting through it.
Hahahahaha colourblocking colourblocking colourblocking …and yes my (American) computer have made fat red marks under those three words…but hey if it can make the other lady with the 3 letter name happy then I’ll go for it 😉 I’m beyond honored about all of this and I head is spinning. Seriously thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your Morocco’s are AMAZING!! Love love love!
Mie you thoroughly deserve it. You are a sewing legend.
I know that colour is spelled with U… but I was not sure if it was one word or two… Better go edit my post hahaha Your Moroccos are amazing! The coloUrs go so well together (see what I did there? haha)
Thank you Jenya. Ha ha I didn’t know either, I’m not sure if I’m right but I prefer one word.
And I do see what you did there lol!
Those trousers are great. Great idea to colour block I love that the trousers are different shades of blue. I would wear them. Any chance of you making me pair adult size.
Thanks Butterfly, I’ll make you a pair after I’m made myself a pair 😉
These are simply amazing! The colours are perfect. Always Love your posts and your sense of humour ❤ Thank you so much for taking part in this surprise. ❤
Thank you Ines. Thanks for inviting me. I’ll feature in the video next time
super cool indeed!
Thank you 😊