Saturday 6 August 2011

Robot Theme...

A request for clothing to wear to a robot themed party gave me the chance to use one of my recent pattern purchases: Dapper Dillinger Trousers from Patterns by Figgy's. Unlike patterns I used when my kids were little, the pattern pieces come on thick paper, instead of that awful tissue paper which tears so easily. Even so, I still traced the size I needed onto my paper.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I did find that the inside of the front waistband was a little tricky and wasn't quite as neat as I would have liked. No one can tell from the outside and this will not affect how it wears. I used a dark navy pincord, with royal blue and light blue robot material for the cuffs and pockets. Pincord is nice and warm, but at the same time is very soft.

To match the pants, I made a hat from one of those tissue paper patterns.  I found the hat very fiddly, but it came together in the end. As you can see from the picture, it's nowhere near perfect: there's a little gather where there shouldn't be and the top doesn't line up as it should. The crown is a little too short, so it won't last as long as I would have liked. I still need to add a little velcro to the straps.

In keeping with the theme, I also made a robot wall hanging. I used an existing store bought wall hanging to gauge the size, but created the design myself. As I've repaired the existing wall hanging a couple of times, I knew how not to make it.

The backing is made from cotton drill, quilting cotton and thick, woven interfacing. Three ties were sewn into the backing. The backing is reasonably weighty and so it hangs well.

The pockets are lined with the quilting cotton the same as the backing material, so there are no seams showing. I was very pleased with how the Bernina sewed through the corners and edges of the pockets. I did change to a jean's needle for this part.

This is the first wall hanging I've attempted and I'm chuffed with how it turned out.


  1. Hi there. I'm working my way through the Dapper Dillingers right now and wondering if I've messed up somewhere. Did you cut both your front/back pant pieces on the fold? The pattern pieces say cut two but the picture for pattern placement seems like they are on the fold.

  2. Hello!! Do you happen to k ow the name of this fabric? I NEED it!! :)


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