this post). I used the scraps to make that thingy bit on the front.
I'm loving the white trousers, but I've really had to work to wear them. They were a bit tricky to sew in the first place. Then the buckle broke and I redesigned the top closure to do away with a buckle. After that they shrunk almost 4 inches in the wash. I kid you not. I had pre-washed the fabric before sewing and I had even put them through the wash previously without shrinkage. I suspect that in my climate, the drying time affects the shrinkage. On really humid days, when the washing doesn't ever seem to dry properly, I don't get as much shrinkage as windy, dry days when the washing is dry in an hour or two. The fabric wasn't labelled when I bought it, so now I am wondering if it had some tencel in it, as that is my only other experience of such drastic shrinkage. Luckily for me, I made the originals with a really deep hem. I have let all of that out and just have the tiniest turn-up now. If they shrink again, I'll have to wear them as capris.
The clutch is one I adapted from Nicole Mallalieu's new book "you sew, girl!". I was going to do a review of this book, as it is rather interesting and I have picked up a few tips from it, but that will have to wait, as I lent the messenger bag I made to a friend who is going overseas and won't get it back for about 6 weeks. I borrowed the book from my library but I am thinking of buying a copy for myself. The book includes patterns for bags, belts, children's clothing and directions for patternless clothing for women.