Me Wearing My Gaston Pants : : And Toaster Sweater

Gaston Pattern, Republique du Chiffon, Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven, A Colourful Canvas


Where to begin?

How to begin?

It’s not that I haven’t been sewing. I have. I really have. In fact I have so many makes completed that the thought of blogging about any of them leaves me feeling completely overwhelmed. This is not reasonable, I know. But.

Gaston Pattern, Republique du Chiffon, Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven, A Colourful Canvas

Maybe….maybe if I just picked up the phone and said hello….

‘Why hey hi. It’s me, Sue. I’ve been sewing. A lot. I want to show you all my makes and I want to chat with you. I know, I know…I haven’t blogged in a while. You see, my secondary type four {DYT} wants things documented in date order of make with a coherent and detailed discussion about each item….this is, after all, the way it’s always been done. The problem is…well I’m not exactly sure what the problem is to be honest….but I find myself standing at my open closet and overthinking…well, pretty much everything. Wear dis? Or wear dat? Hair or hat? {With me it’s definitely an either or thing.} I fidget and then…horrors….I retreat to my computer and look at all the pretty blogs. Not helping.

Gaston Pattern, Republique du Chiffon, Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven, A Colourful Canvas

It’s not about mojo…or sewjo…I’m firing on all cylinders creative wise. I think it’s more about perfectionism and a gnawing feeling that if I’m not growing my blog I’m somehow failing.

What to do? What to do?

I think that…for the moment…the way forward is to just do it.  Be spontaneous. Be random. And, very likely, be a little disjointed. But hey…it will be a published post. Sew…shall we…

Gaston Pattern, Republique du Chiffon, Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven, A Colourful Canvas

Jeans and a t-shirt.


Or basic?

One of my main goals going into fall is to start building a wardrobe of me-made winter clothing. What do I wear when it’s cold and wet? Honestly….jeans and long sleeve tees are at the top of the list. Not sorry.

Gaston Pattern, Republique du Chiffon, Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven, A Colourful Canvas

I’ve got the Nagoya Pants and the Alyse Pants in my arsenal. Now please allow me to introduce The Gaston Pants  by Republique du ChiffonI bought this pattern shortly after it was released…it was only available in French and I thought it a brilliant way to use my French language skills {which are not really so very brilliant but hey}. Fortunately, I had pas du problème…but then again…sewing pants is sewing pants.  Understanding the language did help, particularly with things like seam allowances etc., but the construction methods for sewing pants are pretty universal. Also…each step is illustrated satisfactorily. I’d say if you’ve sewn pants a few times, then go for it. However, it’s all a moot point….the pattern is now available in English.

I made these, how long ago? Can’t remember….but I have been wearing them almost every day since the beginning of September. This pattern totally reminds me of Seafarer Jeans from the seventies. In a good way. So much so, that when I sew them again, I will be squaring off the bottoms of the front pockets. The pattern, designed for fabrics with a small amount of stretch, fit me pretty spot on without any alterations. However, on the second pair I made {not shown} {yet}, I curved out the front crotch just a leeetle bit.

Gaston Pattern, Republique du Chiffon, Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven, A Colourful Canvas

My top is version #1 of the Toaster Sweater  by  Sew House SevenCan we just looky at those stripe matching skillz for a minute. It’s too bad that this width of horizontal stripes does me no favours. Still gonna wear it though. The only small change I made was making the collar a tad shorter than the pattern specs. I used the stripes as my guide.

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. We’re hosting a small family dinner today and I must go now. The menu is complete. Food preparation is well underway. The house is clean. BUT. Which stretchy pants to wear? I mean…there’s pie people…PIE.

To all my Canadian friends….I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. And to every people….I wish you Peace!

Whew…once again I’ve done all the talking. I guess some things haven’t changed after all.’



Gaston Pants : : Republique du Chiffon

Toaster Sweater Version One : : Sew House Seven





  • Reply Louisa October 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Ah you look very naughty…er, nautical, my dear! Just blog it or not in whatever way works for you. We’ll be here. No point if it isn’t fun! Hope the pie was delish. Our dinner is tomorrow. With 21 people I hope there’s enough pie (and turkey and ham) for everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Haha…thanks Louisa.

      The pie was delicious…not sure if the cook should be saying this, but the entire meal was yummy! And you hosted quite the gathering yesterday. Knowing that you don’t have a large kitchen, my hat’s off to you! There always seems to be more than enough food, even when the crowd is large. Hope that was the case. Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Reply fran October 13, 2017 at 10:55 am

        Your pies are always super good!! I miss your cooking!!

        • Reply Sue October 13, 2017 at 9:53 pm

          OH…and this pie was super good too! Thanks Mom.

  • Reply Priscilla October 8, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Oh PLEASE don’t be perfect or always, always be growing your blog. It’ll make the rest of us feel inferior! Super job on the stripes! (Wow!) Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, and enjoy that pie!

    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      LOL…weeeellll I can’t imagine ever being perfect, at least in my own mind.

      But seriously, your comment is so appreciated. One of the best rewards to come from my blog has been the sense of camaraderie and friendship. I can’t say that growing a blog necessarily conflicts with connecting with like-minded people; but you’ve reminded me that there isn’t a need to ‘try too hard’.

  • Reply Patti Gibbons October 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Yes! Spontaneous and random are always welcome. Love, love this French girl look – the jeans are fabulous. Thanks for linking up, xox


    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Merci Patti. The pattern designer really did nail the silhouette on the jeans, oui.

  • Reply Jen Storer October 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Love it!!! Keep growing, blogging, being spontaneous, being gorgeous, perfect you. xox

    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Jen! Always lovely to hear from you. And of course…you have a beautiful way with words. Thank you for them! xo

  • Reply Linda (ACraftyScrivener) October 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Love love l❤️ ve! Your stripe matching is on point!

    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks Linda. I wasn’t that confident going in….matching stripes on a raglan sleeve…but it really did go well!

  • Reply Vix October 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Oh la la!! Those trousers are utterly fabulous, I want some! xxx

    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks Vix. I have never. Ever. Seen Seafarer jeans in a thrift store. Now I’m wondering if they’re sold on ebay….? No matter, I kinda feel I have something better.

  • Reply Kat October 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Love the pants, love the blog… Enjoy the pie!

    • Reply Sue October 9, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Kat! The pie was sooooo good. There’s one tiny piece left that I haven’t told my husband about. That being said, I may just have to make another.

  • Reply Sew Sarah Smith October 10, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Great post and Makes as always Sue – yeah just keep doing the thing! Hope Thanksgiving was tremendous! Xx

    • Reply Sue October 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Thanks for keeping it simple. Helps. Really! And yes….Thanksgiving was lovely thanks!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion October 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

    What a fun outfit. The hat makes me think I see a theme (wink). Just kidding, I really like it. Your stripe matching skills are jaw dropping. Don’t worry about them being horizontal. You have made the shirt wide enough, the stripes are no problem. The trousers are fun and I like the little boots with it. Even though I always say a little flesh (as in shoes) should be seen between cropped trousers and the floor. You can argue that the sand colour of the boots is some sort of flesh too, right? But if you wear boots like these, you could also make another pair of trousers which are longer (1 inch above the floor). How about that? Just a suggestion. Not putting down these pants at all as they are fine. Really. Scouts honour.

    • Reply Sue October 10, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      hahaha. I know. Right?

      If you’re convinced the stripes are okay for my shape, then I’m convinced too. {We share the same potential problem, so I know you wouldn’t steer me wrong.}

      I was just reading that longer pants are showing up on fall runways. No doubt, the look of longer pants pleases me and since I’m on such a trousers making spree, I can certainly envision some in my wardrobe!


      • Reply No Fear of Fashion October 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

        I must bought very wide, very long trousers. Black (safe), with a little pleat at the front and hanging less than an inch from the floor. With heels, you get really long legs.

  • Reply Neti* October 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Great to see you here with another Fabulous look. I just love the items you create. About growing your blog. . . I have those very thoughts and wake up next morning thinking. . .I will just write another post. And, the blog continues. . . very few read it, but it’s my therapy and I still love it.

    • Reply Sue October 10, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much Neti!

      Oh my goodness…I really get what you’re saying about the blog writing being therapeutic. I’ve resolved unexpected things while sitting down writing my blog too. Thanks for this reminder!

  • Reply Pursuit October 10, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Sue, I have to say this outfit is especially stunning on you. It’s very flattering (including those bold stripes). I always feel happy when I see the notice of a new post from you. Thanks!

    • Reply Sue October 10, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      OH YAY…thank you! You know…I love stripes and didn’t think twice about buying this fabric. It was after the photos {as usual} that I was a bit unsure about how they looked on me, so it’s nice to hear that you think they’re okay!

      And I’m happy that my posts brighten your day!! xo

  • Reply Irene October 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    The outfit is terrific, particularly when set against such a background.
    It’s good to know that others suffer from the same affliction of not being able to write a blog post because the sewing and the blogging got out of whack.

    • Reply Sue October 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Irene! One of my very favourite spots in my neighbourhood. In every season!

      You too? It seems so funny to get stuck because of a ‘timing’ thing. It’s nice not to be the only one. 🙂

  • Reply Abbey October 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    This is a lovely nautical outfit! The stripe matching is on point, and I happen to love the horizontal-ness of them. =)

    I hope you won’t be too troubled about growing your blog. To me (and I’m just some idiot on the internet, FWIW!), that’s one of those things that can happen naturally or with some effort by the blogger–if that’s what you want! It could also not happen, again, naturally or despite a blogger’s efforts. Your blog not growing (or not growing a lot, or fast enough, etc.) doesn’t mean you’re not a good blogger, or that people don’t enjoy your writing and sewing, or that you’ve somehow failed at blogging. Clearly you’ve got a lot of folks here who like what you’re doing! But as long as you’re happy with how things are going and are still enjoying your hobby(ies), that’s what’s important. I say blog the things that speak to you whenever they speak to you, as often (or not!) as that happens. We’ll be here! =D

    • Reply Sue October 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      To simply say thank you seems somehow not enough. But. Thank. YOU!

      I value that you, and others, have taken the time to respond.

      I had a giggle and a little ah-ha moment…Wot? Effort? You’re right. Growing a blog takes effort…at least for many bloggers. And I’d much rather put my effort….not so much effort as energy…into making and writing and visiting on the small scale that I do.

      Horizontal stripes for the win. Now. To not go out and buy ALL the stripes…

    • Reply Manju October 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      I totally agree with this! I love your outfit Sue and I firmly believe you should make what makes you happy. You’re being so very hard on yourself and that’s tough. I love this combination and I think you will get lots of wear out of both pieces.

      • Reply Sue October 13, 2017 at 10:08 pm

        Aw…thank you Manju!

        I am feeling much less overwhelmed…even though I have the same amount of unblogged makes, LOL.

        And ’tis true…wearing these two, separate and together, so often!

  • Reply Melanie October 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I adore these jeans. I think I used to have a pair way back in the day, from the store. I loooved them. Baggies. But they were longer. I like your shorter style better. Your stripe-matching makes my eyes googly. Really good. I would expect you to whip out an easel and start speaking in French. Great photos too.

    • Reply Sue October 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Mais oui Mel-ah-nay…but of course. Mine grazed the floor for sure….and that was with wearing platform clogs….which I would totally love a pair of now!

  • Reply Ellen Miller October 20, 2017 at 6:09 am

    As a fellow blogger, albeit a brand new blogger, I am very familiar with the “it needs to special or perfect” syndrome. But if we all waited until “the thing” was perfect, nothing would ever get completed! I try to follow the theory that the only perfect thing is G-D (or whatever Creator you believe in), so there’s no use redoing and redoing to attain perfection- really good is good enough!

    I think your blog is terrific- keep on truckin’- as we used to say!

    • Reply Sue October 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much for joining the conversation. Seriously…this discussion has been so helpful for me.

      And yep…totally down with the keep on truckin’…

  • Reply Carolyn October 25, 2017 at 6:55 am

    ohhh, I’m one of those who missed this first time round, so I’m so glad you posted a repost, so to speak. LOVE the pants, especially those cute little front patch pockets… they strike me as perfect for the style. You’re looking mighty Frawnch, m’dear 🙂

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