Hot! The Good Rats Ensemble


The Facts
Fabric | Stretch knit & thrifted cotton
Pattern | Pattern Magic 3 Stretch Book & Vogue Designer Original Beville Sassoon 2930 that I scored for $1
Year | Way into the future and 1970’s
Notions |Zip and button on the pants
Time to complete | Friday night for the pants and Saturday evening for the top.
First worn | on our couture bush walk.
Wear again? the top yes the pants I have handed over to my hubby for golf.
Total price |$4 for the thrifted green cotton for the pants and $5 for the two way nightmarish stretch mesh stuff.


Named after the Dropkick Murphy’s song Good Rats an Irish beer drinking anthem this top I made from the Japanese Pattern Magic 3 stretch book, the only one I have that isn’t in English arrr. I’ve wanted to tackle something from any of these books for ages but till now could never find the time. So I put on my serious face which required a sneak peak of the tip of my tongue, you know the look. Just looking at the diagram in the book forced me to sigh a swear word. So, I first made a mini version of the pattern from paper, labelling the AB& C’s (thank god they were in English) fiddling around with the pieces to try and get my head around what goes where.


To make things even more difficult for myself—a challenge to say the least, I chose to work with this two way mesh stretch fabric; I don’t often sew with stretch fabrics, like jersey etc I don’t like how they cling but do like how they drape. After working out the mini paper pattern pieces I cut out the pattern to my size, changed my needle to stretch and started sewing. I wondered what the random channels were on the pattern but then it dawned on me, they were my entry into this top, I sewed this closed first go, then I had that light bulb moment, OHHHH! gotcha! it really was a puzzle but looking at it now! easy peasy. If you have the book page 93. In the end I was glad I used this light weight stretch fabric anything else may of proven to be too bulky. I like that this turned out, that I actually challenged myself, it may not look all that crash hot in the photos, I’m just happy it turned out… BTW do you like this catwalk I found in the bush?


Before I made this top I made these pants, this is why I made the top because I wasn’t happy with the pants and the top was my back-up plan. What I was after was a man style pant, you know? the ones that sit on the hip, have a low sitting crotch, c a s u a l  chic if I may!!  Me: They are okay!  I stuffed up the waist band where the button closure is, I had to join a piece for the buttons to sit, talk about dodgy, with a belt?? who can tell. Anyway they’re cut to what I envisioned, a little big perhaps but sadly I had come to the conclusion that what I thought I may be able to pull off have been handed over to my hubby, his butt looks way hotter in them than mine, he wears wacky golf attire every Saturday for his golf comps, he loves the pants! my time was not wasted. So this Saturday he’ll be in green on the green aiming for a birdie, lets hope it’s not the one flying over head.


One, two, one-two-three-four!
Come on all you good rats
we’ll send you all to heaven you’ll find the pearly gates in the froth and the foam
’cause in these vats you’ve made quite a creation
a potion that turned the Guinness to gold!



Eclectic, fun loving seamstress sewing to the beat of her own drum.


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  1. You look gorgeous on your bush catwalk! And how great that the hubby likes, and will wear the pants!

  2. I don’t think there is a color that you don’t rock 100% – you always look FANTASTIC!

  3. Green looks great on you. The top looks super comfy and flowy to wear. I like the flow of the pants too. Glad your hubby will wear them, so time spent isn’t a total loss. Your styling for both of these outfits is awesome. PS~Love the hat.

  4. Kazz–AWESOME (per usual!). I kinda love the pants… like really love them. Also…as a former Bostonite (and a serious fan of all things punk–which if you are as well you ABSOLUTELY MUST listen to my friend Erik’s radio show, The Cellar (see the program Facebook page here:, I have to say… DROPKICK MURPHYS RULE!

  5. I agree with Meg, I always think you look great. I also agree that looking at Japanese craft books, particularly Pattern Magic ones, can make one go crossed eyes and get a headache. But they are so worth it! Your top is great!

  6. I like the top! I have one of those Pattern Magic books but so far have only ooohed and aaaahed over it. I’m not even sure where it is at the moment. Nice try on the pants-they do look good in the pictures though. I’ll be out for the next challenge because of work but am hoping someone will do a suit. That’s what I would have done. I actually have the pieces sitting on my work table hoping the universe will grant me some free time!

  7. Both pieces look great! It’s too bad you aren’t happy with the pants but how great that Hubby will get use out of them! Well done tackling the Pattern Magic. I’ve never even opened one…the cover shots alone show me I shan’t be touching them anytime in the near future.

  8. Fabulous Kazz! Love the top, love the trousers and I love love love the Dropkick Murphys!

  9. I’m loving that green shirt with that amazing necklace : ) I can see why you’d donate the green pants to the hubby but you still rocked that look!

  10. There’s no way I could make a pair of pants that I could give to my husband to wear….all the butt I got God took from him and then there’s a slight difference in thigh circumference…anyway, outside of the occassional pair of college sweats, there’ll be no pants swapping for the Carrolls. But, I bet you and your husband, both tall & slender beauties, probably share pants all the time, (“Hey, honey, someone’s at the door..throw me your Levi’s so I can answer it)…and that’s awesome.

    Rad top. Great work on translating the Japanese diagrams. Your bush catwalk is an amazing find, by the way.

  11. Good god woman, you are a machine!?!?! I love those pants even though they didn’t quite work for you. And that top is just. So. Coooooooool. Way to go as always :)

  12. Well done for tackling the challenge of the Japanese Pattern book. Great detailing on your top. I count it as a win on the pants too if someone in the household will wear them willingly.