Simplicity 1696

Simplicity // 1696 “Amazing Fit” Cranberry Trousers

What a hiatus that was! There was lots of drama at work, a visit from my sister and a few birthday and leaving parties! I did manage to finish these red trousers in time to enter Karen‘s Made Up Initiative and fired off the following photo, having quickly snapped a few on a Friday in my back garden before heading to work. Blogging them was a different matter, mainly because I wanted to be quite thorough with my review and boy, did I make some adjustments! Time to get stuck in, although I should probably warn you, this is a long one and the photos aren’t the best. Take for example, my best Cousin Itt impression, worn here with the Sewaholic Belcarra 2.0.

Simplicity 1696

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Simplicity 1696

Made Up Initiative progress

How’s everyone getting on with their Made Up Initiative makes? I’m avoiding mine a little. Why? Well, I made a muslin of the Simplicity 1696 Amazing Fit trousers, made several adjustments to the pattern pieces, cut out my main fabric and have gotten as far as sewing all the inner and outer leg seams, and attaching the waistband. But when I tried them on, they didn’t fit. They were still too big. 😦 It’ll be the fabric I suspect, since the muslin was made in curtain lining and this fabric appears to have more stretch.

On a positive note, I’m pretty happy with how my first ever fly has turned out. I’m also keeping the photos black and white to save the colour for the final reveal.

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The faux welts aren’t amazing but pretty good for my first pair, although now they might be weirdly close together depending on how much I take in the centre back seam. I’ve pinned the trousers and need to baste, try on and sew but just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it yet.


I did also ran out of thread on Sunday evening but I bought more yesterday morning on my day off and yet, still didn’t pick things back up. I get rather put off with fitting issues like this, and I’m just not loving them… But I will pick them back up. Tonight!!

The Made Up Initiative

The sewing community is a bloody brilliant bunch of people, isn’t it? I mean, I’m still very much on the periphery of this community but they’re all so welcoming and have such love and enthusiasm for creating beautiful things from fabric and thread. It’s great to even think I might be considered part of it. OK, I’m gushing.

made-up-logo-ii One example of what a great community it is comes in the form of The Made Up Initiative from Karen of Did You Make That? In short, the goal is to raise £1,000 for National Literacy Trust (NLT) by pledging whatever you can whilst also setting yourself a sewing challenge; big or small! If you manage to complete your challenge by the 10 September deadline, you’ll be entered into a draw to win £300 of prizes from The Village HaberdasheryColette Patterns, Tilly and the ButtonsSew Over ItLove Sewing magazine, and much more!

National Literacy Trust

NLT work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems. Their focus is mainly on families, young people and children and through literacy projects, campaigning and supporting schools they aim to make literacy a priority.

Coming from a household of readers and book lovers, it’s a cause that I consider hugely worthwhile so instantly wanted to donate something, but what challenge was I going to set myself?

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