Tuesday, 25 March 2014

A Bundle of Barbs - On trend or so last week?

Well you know I love me some StyleArc and I have finished 3 pairs of StyleArc Barb Pants in StyleArc Bengaline. They go together so quickly and I LOVE the way they feel.

As I had sewn them twice before - the first one in stone and the second (tweaked) one in cocoa I knew I was okay with fit (well - my version of okay - I haven't worked out if seams are right and what the pulls mean) and at this stage I am happy so I purchased new rotary cutter blades and cut the fabric for all three pairs at once. I then took them along to the SewInn at Tessuti's on the 8th and sewed them all up in the morning. I hadn't hemmed them though which is why they haven't had their photo taken until now.

Here is the version in Paprika Bengaline along with a previously sewn Cate top. Excuse the wrinkles - they have been out in the car and shopping.


Alright - alright - they are orange - but if StyleArc can call it Paprika then so can I!!

I had originally put them on with the spice coloured Michelle tunic but thought that it was much too much orange for one person in one outfit at one time. Am I finally learning restraint??? God I hope not.

Here is a hanger shot of Mint and Red..



I have also sewn (but not completed yet) a lime green adaption of the barb to be a more Capri length.

So - am I on trend with my bright coloured pants - or am I several leaps and bounds behind the herd?  ......... I am not that worried about trend - I just love my bright pants.

The style is something I wear a lot for business and purchase at Ezibuy but these are the colours available -


Oh joy - so colourful - not. They cost $50 per pair or 2 for $89. Now the cost of StyleArc Bengaline and my size makes it a little cheaper to make ($32) but not a massive amount- but oh the colours when you make them yourself!!!!

My cocoa coloured ones were Bengaline from the The Remnants Warehouse and ended up only costing $14 to make as their Bengaline is sooo much cheaper - a little thinner - but still good - but I love the colours of the StyleArc ones.

BTW - I just purchased a whole lot of Aubergine coloured Bengaline from StyleArc and sooo want to make another pair of Barbs but the colour is just so gorgeous I might make a work suit. Egad - that means jacket and skirt.

I am not putting these forward as my March garment for MAGAM - still hoping to get something "new to me" done.

Next up is my lime coloured capris and a lime coloured caftan top (maybe too much lime??)

What is on your sewing table?

22 comments:

  1. Your Barbs are looking fantastic and I don't think your proposed outfit with the Paprika or Lime is too much at all!

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  2. It is always good to have the ability to create what one likes in the colors that aren't available. They are pretty and I'm one for bright colored pants.

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  3. love all your pants.. Such pretty colors.. Isn't sewing fun? It allows us to make the colors and designs we like..so fun.
    Happy sewing.

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  4. I'm trying to talk myself into bright colors for the Spring too lol! love the colors you've chosen!
    Helen

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  5. These are great! You can have any colour you like, in a style that fits, for less than shop bought... gotta luv that :)

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  6. Perfect colours! Beats the plain-old-same-old that the shops sell hands down ... J

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  7. So much more fun to wear those bright colours! They look great!

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  8. "I am not that worried about trend - I just love my bright pants."

    This is my thinking exactly! I know I am off trend with my bell bottoms and wide-legged pants. I love 'em and will rock 'em. I'm loving your colors and your outfit. Nice!

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  9. Yours are so much better than, well, anything else!

    I like brighter colours too. Melbourne is so determinedly black.

    After seeing yours, I'm thinking I should try StyleArc pants.

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  10. I love bright pants on you! They look great with this neutral top.

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  11. Nice pants! I'm still seeing lots of bright colored pants around, so I think you're still on-trend with those.

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  12. I love the paprika, it's a gorgeous colour, and you do look nice the autumn shades.

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  13. You're a wild woman who gives us all a bit more nerve to try something out of the ordinary navy, black, grey, or brown. Love the pants, your attitude, and the fact that we can make what we want in our own size, style, and color and be gorgeously who we are!
    It's wonderful that you can get almost three pair of pants for the price of 2 bought ones. Keep at it. Can't wait to see your lime outfit!

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  14. You are so fortunate to have a pant pattern that fits so well. I absolutely love the red pants. Every woman needs a bright red pair of pants. TFS!!!

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  15. You've created a festival of Barbs. How empowering to know you have a pattern that works and now a range of Beajay made makes to choose from. They're great colours.

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  16. No, worrying about trends is not the way to go - you look fantastic in your orangey paprikery pants - (especially against the tiles :)). The colours look lovely on you, and you have the confidence to wear them, so wear them to your heart's content :)

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  17. Dear BeaJay, I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! I see you already have a badge, so (no surprise) you've obviously been nominated before, so I'll understand if you don't want to play!
    http://seamedstraightforward.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/id-like-to-thank-my-agent/

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  18. No such thing as too much orange!

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  19. I love all your bright colours, you can never wear too much (oh maybe you can but you're not there yet!)

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  20. I love the bright, cheery pants - maybe one day when we escape from this 6 month long winter I might be in a position to make and wear some!!!

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