Free Range Scraps

Monday, August 2, 2021


Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? So something crazy happened. I took some time off!! Yes a whole week off work. My other half and I couldn't remember the last time we took a full week off work. Apart from the first lockdown haha. In three years!! So this last week we've been pottering around at home, relaxing, walking, gardening and just switching off. It was heavenly. 

As you know I've talked about having low Sew-jo the past year or so, the pandemic is obviously a contributing factor, but I honestly think I was just mentally exhausted. All of you self-employed peeps will know exactly what I'm talking about. Time-off is 50% relax 50% thinking of everything work related. So taking time off is so important as you need a few days just to work out how to relax again haha. 

So after a few days I suddenly got the urge to sew. It was such a great feeling. I just had this crazy idea to make another pair of Free Range Slacks (my favourite trouser pattern ever!) but using loads of scrap linen from my stash. I had loads of weird shaped pieces which turned out to be PERFECT for this project. You may recognise a lot of them from previous makes. 

To start with I join a couple of pieces together to make the largest leg pieces front and back. I laid everything out on the floor as I went so I could see which colours would be next to each other. To join them, I just overlocked them together, then top stitched the seam allowances to one side. After that I followed the cutting pieces exactly as is, making sure I checked which colour would be going where. And I opted for the flat felled seams again which I adore. 

I didn't really changes anything about the pattern or style, but I did add elastic to the hems instead of doing french seamed roll ups. So quick and easy to do. 

A couple of things to note:
  • The thickness of having a few seams and extra layers did make it a little tricky to topstitch neatly. 
  • I changed thread colours ALL THE TIME so maybe choose your favourite to save you time. 
  • The linens were all slightly different textures and thicknesses, they were close but not perfect, so just something to consider. 

Overall I'm so happy with how these turned out and I got to use up some scrap fabrics at the same time. I really hope you enjoyed this post and I maybe inspired you to try something similar. 

Happy Handmade!

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