Ginger Jeans, Burda Double Breasted Coat 02/2015


Ginger Jeans, Burda Double Breasted Coat 02/2015




Hi everyone! I’m here. At the seaside. With Vancouver’s Sunset Beach as a backdrop. Thanks bunches for your comments on my last post. It was actually with great effort that I resisted loading up on balloons again today. For the moment I’m carrying this crazy idea in my head that a photo op without balloons is blah-blah-boring. I’m sure I’ll get over it…eventually…but actually no…I don’t think I will…so there will indeed be balloons featured in the future. Anyhoo…onwards, we’ve got another pair of Ginger Jeans to discuss.

Okay, so what have I been up to? Not a whole lot really. I have, however, been eating a whole lotta Girl Guide cookies. Whomever created the concept of sending young girls door to door, armed with sweet smiles and even sweeter boxes of cookies, was pretty much a marketing genius…just sayin. Oh yeppers…we caved…as in three boxes caved. I get hooked every spring…I mean, a cute kid, a tidy little box of chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies, all at my front door…I can’t say no. In autumn GG sells chocolate mint cookies….which although lovely little morsels, mercifully tempt me less keenly. They should sell the traditional sandwich cookies spring and fall. Not just to make me happy, but to make more money. You see, every time I reach into a trad box, I take two cookies…one chocolate and one vanilla…’cause how could I not? There’s only one choice in the mint box, so I’m content with a single cookie. It’s by necessity really, that I buy twice the number of boxes of traditional cookies as chocolate mint.

Of course the downside of eating twice the number of cookies, is…well….you know. Still. I managed to squeeze into my latest me-made pants, my Blue Gingers. Yep..these be Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans pattern. The fabric you may recognize {my buttonholes on my Orange and Pink Coat}. It’s cotton with about 2% lycra {whew}. It’s a lighter-weight fabric than denim, and was therefore pretty easy to sew. Even so, I picked up some helpful tips from Leila of Grow Your Own Clothes… Grow Your Own Clothes: Sewing Jeans. I used my now TNT Ginger Jeans pattern. And the name, Blue Gingers? Well…obviously they’re blue, but they also remind me of a fun aloha filled clothing retailer in Hawaii called Blue Ginger. Although I haven’t bought any clothing from them….I sew after all….I’m totally in love with their gorgeous fabrics! Lots of watery blue shades just like my Blue Gingers!

Thanks so much for popping by. If you’ve recently indulged in Girl Guide cookies, please let me know! The post-sugar euphoria is wearing off, and I need your support…

sneak peek….birds, blossoms, and blue gingham

If you haven’t yet seen my previous Ginger Jean makes…

Classic Ginger Jeans with a Twist
Distressed Ginger Jeans

Joining Helena of Gray All Day for Sew It Chic in a Week


  • Reply Lauren Digby April 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This is just such an awesome outfit. I want some Ginger jeans like yours!

  • Reply Shirl April 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Interestingly, I have been choosing the vanilla ones more than said chocolate! There now, support given, lol. Love that ensemble too!


  • Reply Suzanne Carillo April 5, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Wow! You're an explosion of colour and pattern! How is it possible that the sun doesn't follow you everywhere?

    I like the whole outfit but my eyes went straight to those shoes. I'm crazy. I know. I love them. Thrifted? or purchased? Comfy? or blister forming?

    We are one of “those” people that don't open our doors to strangers. It'd be fine if it were little girls selling cookies, but it is 99% of the time people selling religion or someone trying to sell water heater insurance or some such BS. Now we don't go to the door. I figure if the people know me they can phone me. Also since I'm often at home alone I feel safer not answering the door. There have been home invasions here.

    Okay I got off topic about the cookies though…LOL When I bought them I loved them and ate far too many. Probably best I don't buy anymore.


  • Reply Carelia Moran April 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Wow!! I adore this photo-shoot and what you decided to wear. This look makes me so happy! I luv the colors and patterns together…well done my dear.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Ha! I totally get the shoe obsession. These are from Winners, a few years ago…I LOVE them. I had to glue and duct tape one shoe as it broke apart from the sole in one spot…that's how much I love them, LOL! Super comfy…walked a lot this day!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks Carelia! You are one of my muses…always inspiring with your colour and pattern mixing!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Oooh…good for you…I trust other half eats the chocolate ones!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks Lauren! I hope you go for it and sew up some ginger jeans! Lighter weight fabric really does make it easier on the finishing details.

  • Reply Sheila April 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    How did I miss the balloon post? You look marvelous in that dress and I love the balloons. This outfit, where to start? Love all the textures, love the orange and blue together, and that coat is just so…wonderful.

  • Reply Sew, Jean Margaret April 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Wow!!! Love your colourful style and you have a real talent for combining patterns and prints. Gorgeous outfit.

  • Reply Natalia Lialina April 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    That first photo of you walking on huge rocks is just magical! Love all the other photos too, such an amazing setting, such crisp colors. This blue and prange outfit is probably my #1 favorite of yours, Sue – just amazing head to toe! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    Cookies… There are some things that you just can't resist, aren't there? 🙂 xxx

  • Reply Val S April 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    You really should be featured in a magazine – your outfits and photos are soooooooo good! You know I love that coat, and the Blue Ginger jeans are a wonderful complement.

    I have to admit I'm sort of a curmudgeon about buying Girl Scout cookies, but those sandwich cookies look awfully yummy. Maybe I'll give in next time they ring my doorbell.

  • Reply Hana April 5, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful pictures! I love your blue ginger and the fabric made me smile 🙂

  • Reply Vix April 6, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Who needs balloons with an outfit and background like that?! Always fabulous and I'm forever in awe of your sewing skillz.
    We don't have kids coming round selling biscuits in the UK. Just as well, sweettooth Jon would probably be bankrupt. x

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion April 6, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Looking all bright and Spring. Love the colour. i have seen these items haven't I? But the shoes are new to me. Great Oxfords. Thanks for showing me a little of Vancouver. Looking forward to my visit in July.

  • Reply amy mayen April 6, 2015 at 7:24 am

    The mint cookies are my demise. I can totally resist the rest….lol! You look fabulous and your Gingers are spot on. Love the print, the fit is fab…you make me want to tackle harder prijects but I'm still too scared of all the fit issues. But you really are a sewing inspiration!

  • Reply jodie filogomo April 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    You can't look at this outfit without smiling & thinking happy thoughts!! jodie
    ps…this is a perfect example of how we need to give up wearing black!

  • Reply Heather April 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

    These blue gingers look awesome!! The name also brought to mind that store in Maui for me too! I love your whole outfit and what great photos!

  • Reply TresBienEnsemble April 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Your Gingers look fabulous! I'm excited to see these sewn in a non-denim fabric. It looks like they worked out wonderfully. Your photos are exuberant with and without balloons! I love the way you wear color and print. 😀

  • Reply sabine April 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Dear Sue,
    even without the balloons you look fabulous! You found the perfect pattern mix. I love it!
    No girls scout's cookies here but plenty of chocolate Easter stuff.
    Have a fine week dear!
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply dan April 6, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    You are so nice and smiling and your posts always very optimistic … I didn't know about the girls scout's cookies:how cute!
    Vancouver must be a fantastic city… and the first photo of you is great!! ( you should frame it!! )

  • Reply Merche Martinez April 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Sue! Always a pleasure to read your posts! Awesome pics and great and very enterteining text. And, of couse those colorful garments of yours! Love your new jeans and THAT COAT!!
    There is no tradition here about little girls selling cookies, so I get my sugar high by eating my kids' sweets when they are not looking. Guilty!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks and thanks again Sheila! I kinda have a thing for spring weight coats! I'm sure you can appreciate that, 😉

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you!! I do have a lot of fun playing with pattern mixing…don't always get it right, LOL, but it's fun just the same. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Aw, thanks Natalia! Can't beat the shore for good photo opportunities. We're lucky, aren't we?!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks bunches Val! It's funny…I have all sorts of no soliciting thoughts in my head, but Girl Scout cookies are probably one of the few things I will buy. And no….I was never in Brownies or Scouts, or anything like that.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks Hana! Always a joy to have you stopping by!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Tis true! Vancouver really does have some spectacular photo opportunities. Doesn't surprise me that door to door cookies are a North American 'thing'. Hey, we have the drive in restaurant too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    The patterned pants are new to the blog. They are, however, very similar to ones I've worn before. The coat…yes, seen before! Oxfords worn on blog years ago. I'll try and show some more city shots! July is coming quickly!!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    haha….a good friend feels the very same way about the mint cookies! I have to agree that fit issues are the biggest hurdle to get over when it comes to sewing. BUT…once you've got a few TNT patterns under your belt, it does get easier!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Jodie! Black seems to be the #1 colour, or non-colour, in clothing! I love that I've freed myself from wearing black, except for the very odd occasion.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Heather! Hope you are settling back into Canadian weather…ah…how I loved seeing your Maui photos! LOVE that island!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks Michelle! The pattern works extremely well for cotton fabrics that have that added bit of stretch…and soooo much easier to do the belt loops etc. And, I didn't have to fuss with thread tension…I used regular thread for top stitching.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks Sabine! Ironically, I didn't have any Easter goodies this year…probably a good thing, LOL!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Dan! Vancouver is indeed a fantastic city in it's own way. Lots of water vistas, mountains, and a pretty skyline too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks Merche! So lovely you stopped by! I think of you often! Sneaky you…dipping into your childrens' goody stash…that's the way to do it, LOL!

  • Reply Melanie April 6, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Clearly you need more cookies, Sue – pronto! Security at my place stops those GG at the door.
    I'm sure if you call the mayor he will set up a safe cookie-eating site. I'll join you there.
    Gorgeous, gorgeous! You don't need balloons – I think you do a good job levitating on your own. Your skills continue to amaze. Yes, I'd expect to see that first photo in a magazine.

  • Reply Curtise April 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Cute bottom, Cousin Sue! I love the Blue Gingers, and how beautifully they work with the orange top and coat. Print + colour = heaven! And as always, your photos are a delight.
    No Girl Guide cookies in the UK, which is probably just as well… xx

  • Reply katie metzroth April 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Super cute jeans!!!! Those cookies are cute too.

  • Reply Flo April 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Those are too cute, and I would never have thought about wearing them with the coat, but it looks fabulous!! You look so ready for spring in this outfit. I've been thinking about making some doll clothes, I may just have to keep this color combo in mind…

    As for the cookies, here in this part of the US we only have cookies once a year, so you can buy all the flavors at the same time. Instead they tempt us with candy in the fall, the chocolate covered raisins are divine! At the moment I don't know any scouts, but that's a good thing, for many years one of my besties was very involved in the organization so I have eaten plenty!

  • Reply Rhonda Buss April 9, 2015 at 6:37 am

    My two favorite colors!!! and I love the blue bound buttonholes!!!!

  • Reply Louise Perry April 10, 2015 at 5:45 am

    These are lovely, I prefer wearing lighter-weight trousers. I can sometimes feel a bit hemmed in by jeans. The print is lovely and your photos are as always sensational. Go Sue.

  • Reply seekatsew April 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I love the entire outfit! The fabric for the gingers is super cute.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    …no. No I don't need any more cookies M! I've had quite enough cookies…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    …yes, probably just as well. Only in {north} America it seems. Door to door cookies, drive-in restaurants…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks Katie! Love the dog photo!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    OMG….chocolate covered raisins delivered to my door? It's funny how the intake of cookies is relative to the number of kids known to be selling.

  • Reply Rebecca April 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Those girl guide cookies are way too addictive! I always get trapped by those adore girls selling them! LOL! Love those cute pants of yours and I seriously would love to have that jacket in my life! What a beautiful combination!


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Rhonda! I'm sure you had a post that featured lots of one of a kind buttonholes!!! Your inspiration posts always help me think!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks Louise! I know just what you're saying about jeans…I dislike wearing the really heavy jeans for sure!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks Kat! So nice to see you here…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks Rebecca! I guess the saving grace is that we can only buy them twice a year, yes? And, it is like a well laid, but adorable, trap, LOL.

  • Reply Helena Ashbridge April 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Oh wow! Another beautiful garment that really lives up to your blog title name! I love them! We have Girl Scout cookies here in the States and not only are both my daughters scouts, I am the troop leader. The cookie season here is out of control! I ate so many, and I also squirrel away at least a dozen boxes for when I need a special treat. Aren't we glad we make our own clothes? We can eat cookies if we want to!

  • Reply Meg April 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Great outfit- what a fun pair of jeans!!

  • Reply Dana Bishop April 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Love, love, love orange and blue together. Kind of my latest home decor obsession actually. Your outfit is amazing and so you! That shade of orange is great on you! Cookies!!! I tried the gluten free Girl Scout cookies. The variety in Arizona was so much better than what was available in California. I didn't know the Girl Scout/Girl Guide cookies were regional. I sold them many moons ago. The peanut butter sandwich cookies were called “Savannahs” and were my downfall.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Thank you Helena, and thank you for hosting your blog link up Sew Chic in a Week! Speaking of out of control….that's what I would be if I were a scout parent, LOL. Yes! A good thing we can make our own clothing!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Thanks Meg for popping by!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Hey Dana! So nice to hear from you! Are you back enjoying the PNW spring? Okay…have not heard about peanut butter sandwich cookies….YUM! And gluten-free? Haven't heard of those either, but it doesn't surprise me that 'health' minded states like CA are selling these varieties.

  • Reply Sharon April 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I recently discovered that I am a DYT Type 1, so I am absolutely in love with your style! You have such a knack for combining gorgeous colors and patterns, truly inspiring. 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Sharon! Thank you so much for your kind words! It's so fun to meet another DYT Type 1! My secondary is a type 4, and you may notice that from time to time in my outfit choices.

  • Reply Margo B April 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    You are looking awesome in your outfit! Fabulous!

  • Reply Joni James April 19, 2015 at 6:17 am

    You are a master seamstress! Love the combination here with all the colors and patterns. That and the lovely backdrop, and the cookies! I love to snack when I sew and have often ended up with quite a headache nibbling on so many gummy bears while serging pillows.

  • Reply V April 20, 2015 at 9:28 am

    So bright and bold! I love it. I can rock the denim skirt on the sewing machine, but sewing jeans terrifies me.

  • Reply Anonymous January 24, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Magnifique! Jolies couleurs.

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