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April 21, 2022
Image caption: Bottoms in RCF Double Gauze with an up-cycled tank top
Hi there! I hope you're having a wonderful mix of spring/winter/fall weather. (or all at once if you are in the American Midwest!)
I had decided to sew more bottoms in 2022. And not just loungewear/sweatpants, but actual pants! Today I'm sharing my sewing journey with this beautifully light double gauze fabric.
First of all, I don't have a good intuition for fabric-pattern pairings, and it's truly a curse!. But I knew that I wanted comfy pants this summer. And that's where I rely on the RCF community (Facebook, Instagram, and Blog posts) - a quick search on the Facebook group for "summer pants" showed me some beautiful makes in rayon challis, linen, double gauze, and chambray.
Image caption: Front and back view – Allegro bottoms in double gauze, with Love Notions Summer Basics Tank and RTW jacket (because this girl can't sew zippers, LOL)
While this was a good starting point, I still had 4 fabric choices, and I figured it'd be easier if I picked the pants pattern I wanted to make. I decided to use Allegro bottoms from Love Notions. I already had it printed, cut, and past the muslin fitting stage (i.e., a tried-and-tested pattern). So naturally, I started looking for the fabrics folks had used in the Love Notions Facebook group for these pants, and that's where I stumbled upon this fabric comparisons blog post by Nicole from Sew Hard of Hearing - she's a sewing queen, a frequent blogger here at RCF, and my wonderful friend (hi Nicole! (and Elise, if you're reading)). Once I saw her pictures and had a brief chat with her (she is genuinely super sweet, as Emily had once said), I knew I wanted to use double gauze.
Image caption: Double Gauze with pattern pieces, stored in a manila envelope and fabric cutting supplies.
Now, with the pattern and the fabric decisions out of the way, I read a few blogs and saw a couple of YouTube videos on sewing with double gauze, and the rest was a breeze. I found this helpful post by Kristin on the RCF blog. I adored her Double Gauze jumpsuit, which you can read more about here, and her tips of prewashing, not stretching the fabric, and sewing slowly worked wonders. After sewing, I also used my serger on every seam for a clean inside look. It was a fairly quick sew, and once finished; it quickly turned into a favorite for any sunny day over 70 degrees! I have worn it on every single warm weekend outing recently.
Image caption: The wrong side of the bottoms, seams serged/overlocked with red and black threads (I always use some contrasting color for a serger to make seam ripping easy if needed)
I particularly love sewing because the community knowledge is AMAZING, and every question I’ve ever had has always been answered. As I've advanced in my sewing over the last year and a half, I have started investing a little more time in asking for opinions, reading about the pattern, fabrics, sewing techniques, and preparing myself for the project before entering my sewing space - and that has reflected in lesser mistakes and cleaner, faster-finished projects. I hope your next sewing project is just as wonderful. If this little write-up brought you joy or helped/inspired you, I'd love for you to follow me along on my sewing journey (and occasional cat content) on Instagram.
Image caption: Bottom close-up – front view
Image caption: Bottom close-up – back view
Image caption: Bottom close-up – side view, because it has pockets!!
Disclaimer: The only affiliate links in the post are the ones to the Love Notions website. If you click them and shop from the store, it adds a little to my fabric stash fund, and this girl NEEDS to keep sewing. Thank you, and happy sewing!
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