So why did I start sewing this top and pants in November of 2022 and am only just posting them now?

I aimed to make this top and pants as part of the #DesigninDecember 2022 sewing challenge. Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! & Lányos Handmade organize this sewing challenge annually – give yourself a reminder to get sewing for December 2023! If you would like to read all the details about last year’s entries and prize sponsors, check it out here!

Here’s the link to Part 1 of my tale: here! where I revealed my Designer Inspired finished Keyhole Top and all it’s details.

This was my Designer Inspiration: A Keyhole Top by Etro, $1,751.61 CAN.

Here is my Designer Inspired finished Keyhole Top.

For Part 2 of my Designer Inspired Top and Pants, I wanted these jeans, also by Etro, for $1,344.26 CAN. I was in love with the embroidery on them. I do not have an embroidery machine, but I do have plenty of fancy stitch choices on my Janome MC8200 QCP SE. I had some lightweight denim in my stash and purchased these appliqué pieces and this Arden Pants pattern from Helen’s Closet.

I always start cautiously! Before attaching the pocket linings, etc., I sewed some fancy stitching on the finished opening edges of my front pockets.

Then I moved on to the rest of the stitching and appliqué. I did change the construction order a bit. Before I ironed on the appliqués and sewed my decorative stitches, I sewed up the side seams and fused Pellon SF101 to the wrong side to reinforce where my decorative stitching would be. Then I also not only fused the appliqués on, but sewed them too, since I didn’t trust the iron-on process to last past a few washes. After all was done I trimmed the SF101 down a little bit.

It didn’t take long to actually sew together my Arden Pants. They have a good fit to my body for an elastic waist pant. Usually elastic waist pants are too loose from the hip line to the cinching. Not these, I was happy to find they were such a good fit!

Now let me confess! Why did it take me so long to post? Well as usual, I was busy during and after #DesigninDecember, organizing, posting, setting up voting, announcing winners, etc. So understandably I don’t usually post my finished Designer Inspired outfit until mid January.

This year? Well, I got everything mostly finished in January, then I spent most of February looking for my bag of elastic, then it took all of March to sew the elastic into the waistband and then I spent most of April preparing blog posts! Oh yes, in the meantime I designed and launched the Lányos Espresso Wallet and the Lányos Tessa Bag!

Tell me, do I have the World Record for “Outfit that took the Longest to Sew and Post”?

Until next time and hopefully it is sooner than last time … Happy Sewing!

8 thoughts on “So why did I start sewing this top and pants in November of 2022 and am only just posting them now?

  1. Good things come to those who wait.
    Love the embroidered inset!
    Great needle work.
    You wear them well!

  2. I love the pants, no matter how it took you to finish. I have always love the little extras that make an outfit “flash”. Well done.

    1. Thank you very much! They are very comfortable jeans and yet a bit dressy too, so I’m happy! 🙂

  3. Your jeans and top look so good. All jeans should have some embroidery on them. It just makes them look extra special.

  4. Ah well, it happens! Love the embellished jeans, and the top too!

    1. Thank you! It was nice to get some inspiration, something different than the usual!

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