Lander Pants by True Bias

by Cameron

 If you've been wanting to tackle making pants, but you're intimidated by all the details and intense fitting that goes into making a pair of jeans or dress trousers, I'd like to recommend the Landers Pants from True Bias


I, too, was an inexperienced, timid pant-maker, but the Landers held my hand through the whole process. The instructions are really top notch. From telling you exactly when to finish each raw edge to expertly walking you through a button fly, this pattern has your back.


Unfortunately, the sample made in a straight size 12*  didn't fit any of my models/coworkers so our obliging but legless mannequin was the best I could do. You'll just have to believe me when I tell you that these are some seriously flattering pants. Or do a google image search for "Lander Pants". The outside leg seam has a 1" seam allowance to allow for easy fitting.


I used one of my favorite fabrics to line the front pockets.

We have so many great bottom weights in the store right now - corduroy, cotton-poly twill, denim. We'd love to help you tackle pant making!

*The size 12 waistband was too short to fit my pants, so I cut a 14 which worked perfectly. I'm not sure if there's any issue with the grading or if it was, ahem, user error. The finished measurements are those of a size 12.

A Light Throw Made with Knit & Woven Fabric

By Sarah


I've been making whole cloth baby quilts and blankets for a long time now and have never actually kept one for myself. This one is all mine but it will be on display at the shop for a few months if any of you would like to take an up and close peek. There is no batting in-between the layers of organic cotton interlock knit and cotton lawn so it is a lightweight blanket suitable for the spring and summer months when the weather gets a tad nippy. The interlock knit provides some nice weight and a soft hand that's sure to comfort. 


I wanted my throw to be long enough to cover all of my feet (not that I have more than the standard two, but you all know how ready made throws are always way too short) and to puddle generously around my neck. I cut 2.5 yards of knit and 2.25 yards of lawn. After I washed both of the fabrics I laid them on top of my bed to where 6" of knit extended beyond all sides of the piece lawn which I positioned face down.  


I then grabbed a handful of straight pins and started pinning away and away and away. My method for mitering these corners was freehand style and worked out pretty darn well, I think. After I got it all pinned I then took it to my sewing machine and stitched away and away and away. The more pins one uses the better because the knit stretches out a bit. So to keep from having to painstakingly work the excess in, pin, pin, and pin some more. Or try using a walking foot and see how that works. I then turned the blanket right side out through a 8" hole I had left at the bottom.    


I laid the blanket back on the bed and smoothed everything out and worked the seam allowance so that it wouldn't show through the lightness of the lawn. Then I blanket stitched away and away and away, using my favorite - Perle Cotton. I chose the time saving method of tying it instead of hand quilting. I had to do this while the blanket was laid out on the bed. I had lots of natural light and some good podcasts to keep me going. I'd say the entire throw took me about 5-6 hours to complete over the course of a weekend. The time is coming where I will undertake a real, pieced quilt that I will quilt generously, by hand, and it may take me many many weekends to finish rather than one but hey, it's all about the process, right? I cannot wait! 


Mushroom and Lichen Dye Class at Thicket!

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Thicket, the lovely nursery a block east of us, is holding a natural dying workshop later in March. They will be working with wool and silk fibers, and once you learn how, you can shop our selection of "prepared for dying" fabrics for future projects! Here are the details:

Regional Dye Palette

Every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes.  This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as sustainable, safe dye sources. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we will end up with about 20 colors in all.


Wild Harvest

All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (using some fresh material if available). Students learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest. Participants receive a customized color guide to the best regional dye mushrooms and lichens and learn where to go for help with identification.

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Working with Fiber

We will be working with wool and silk fiber. Yarn for class is pre-mordanted to allow ample time to focus on dyes, however we will discuss the steps for preparing the fibers for the dye bath. This includes scouring, mordanting, and   techniques to avoid felting wool.   


Shibori demonstration

Participants will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.

Students will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. The recipe card lists both the scientific and common names of the fungi and lichens used to make the dye, it also includes the ratios of fungus to fiber, any mordants used, and pH modifications required to achieve the colors.  Participants receive a procedural handout, a customized guide to local dye fungi and a beautiful hand dyed scarf. This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and leaves the student with the tools to carry on with their own exploration.

Cost: $130

Date: March 24th 10AM to 4PM

Location: Thicket 4933 NE 23rd ave PDX


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