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The Titchy Threads Twisted Tuesday Tour

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Have you been following the Twisted Tuesdays Tour to mark the launch of the new Titchy Threads patterns? ¬†Laura, the designer behind these fabulous new patterns, has rounded up a brilliant group of bloggers (myself included ūüėČ ) to help showcase the style and versatility of the Twisted Trousers and Twisted Tank. ¬†We’re into week four right now. ¬†You can catch up with weeks one, two and three here.

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Twisted Trousers

Fabric

The main fabric for the trousers is¬†some lush navy linen that I’ve had in my stash for ages. ¬†They keep these trousers light and breezy for springtime (although I must stay, I’m a little concerned about how quickly they could have holes in the knees!!). ¬†The contrasting back pockets are Kona Cotton in Pickle (I adore this colour!) from The Village Haberdashery. ¬†The piping I picked up in Belgium and it’s been waiting for the perfect project. ¬†The fact that I had the right amount of piping – down to the last inch!! – is proof to me that it’s the perfect project! ¬†The waistband is some¬†stripey ribbing.

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Options

I chose to make the non-reversible version with the un-piped back pockets and I omitted the grommets from the waistband. ¬†To be honest, I would have liked to have added them but I chickened out a little bit! ¬†I also thought about adding knee patches (Manu is incredibly hard on his clothes!) but I just wasn’t convinced that I’d like the way they’d look. ¬†Maybe next time.

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Size

Manu is five and a half and a little on the small side. ¬†Based on his measurements I made a size 4 for the trousers, extending them to size 5 for the length. ¬†[Note: because of the twisted nature of the trousers you can’t just add length to the bottom – pay attention to where the pattern instructs you to lengthen them.] ¬†This wasn’t difficult to do and I’m so glad I did – he’ll get much more wear out of them.

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Tips, observations, thoughts, insights and what-not

It was no surprise to me that these trousers were a joy to sew. ¬†Laura explains each step in the perfect amount of detail. ¬†She even takes the time to add a ‘cheat sheet’ for those who just want a basic version of instructions – you know, for when you’re making your sixth pair (because this pattern just begs to be made again and again with different features).

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Much about the pattern has been discussed on this tour so let me just throw my two-cents-worth in there:

  • Pay careful attention to the grainline on the pattern pieces. ¬†Because the trousers are ‘twisted’ the pattern pieces are at odd angles and you really need that grainline marking to keep everything lined up.
  • For the back pockets (I did the version without piping) I used a technique that I learned¬†Figgy’s Banyan Trousers pattern¬†to help get really sharp corners. ¬†1. Take your pocket pattern piece and measure in 2.5cm from the top and 1cm from all the side edges. ¬†2. Fold along those edges. ¬†3. Cut out a cardboard template to this size. ¬†4. Centre this template on your fabric leaving 2.5cm on the top and 1cm around the edges. ¬†5. Double fold the top edge, press and sew. ¬†6. Use your template to press the remaining edges. ¬†This will give you get nice crisp corners.

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

  • Wonder tape. ¬†The pattern suggests that you use wonder tape to hold the back pockets and coin pocket in place before stitching. ¬†This is genius and I’m going to be using this tip for lots of different things. ¬†This means you don’t have to pin the pocket which can often lead to crooked and imperfect sewing.
  • I didn’t have any technical trouble with the pattern. ¬†The only time I struggled a bit was sewing the waistband to the top of the trousers. ¬†I had to be really careful not to trap the elastic that was inside the waistband in the stitching. ¬†So, be careful!

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

 

(Un)Twisted Tank

Fabric

I love this tank! ¬†The viking fabric is a Lillestoff print and it’s just perfect. ¬†This tank really doesn’t use much fabric so I’m hoping to make a few more as gifts. ¬†The orange ribbing was from my stash.

Options

Well, as you can see, my tank’s not twisted! ¬†With this patterned fabric it wouldn’t have worked. ¬†But I’m dying to try the sewing technique to make it twisted – I need more stripes and solid jersey in my life!

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

Size

As with the trousers, I made a size four extending it to size five in the length. ¬†I’m completely happy with the fit.

Tips, observations, thoughts, insights and what-not

Laura’s twisted tank is a clever pattern. ¬†On one level it can be a straight forward go-to pattern for summer tank (like I’ve done here today and also in this version). ¬†Alternatively you can make it more special by incorporating the twisted elements and contrasting pockets.

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow

The tank comes together really quickly which is always very satisfying! ¬†And even with a simple pattern like this Laura offers tips that will improve your sewing for future projects – like how to evenly distribute the neckband onto the neckline. ¬†I usually just divide each into quarters and then stretch to fit. ¬†This never works perfectly because you have slightly more fabric on the front of the top than the back (because the neckline dips deeper in the front). ¬†The pattern explains how to get this distributed perfectly. ¬†It’s the little things! ¬†I love ’em!

Manu loves his new outfit! ¬†It’s been a while since I’ve sewn for my boys so it felt great giving him some new duds! ¬†I’ve already got another pair of trousers and a Rowan tee planned for George. ¬†Now all I need to more time!

Happy sewing and thanks for reading,

Laura x

Twisted trousers + tank by Titchy Threads // Behind the Hedgerow