These trousers have a long history, of sitting in my UFO box. I cut these out almost 18 months ago and I dont know why they went into the box (you know I know why but allow me my delusion okay).
Anyhow since the uber success that was my Better Late than Never Blazer, I have been very slowly picking out a UFO a month to sew up and see what my creative genius abandoned.
Tangent – I have made the decision to work through my UFO box at a rate of one UFO per month on average. After that there WILL be no more UFO box in my cave. It has been mandated and passed into law. I WILL NO LONGER HAVE A UFO BOX.
Back to the project at hand – I first made this pattern in 2016 (sadly its out of print now) and loved the trousers which I still wear to this day. These ones were made in a cotton sateen with 3% spandex giving a nice amount of stretch. The fabric is reversible and I did play around with that by using the reverse for the waistband and the hip yokes.
The pattern is supposed to have a center back zip which is an interesting concept on trousers (I didnt realise how accustomed I am to center front or side zips on trousers until I went to the toilet in these trousers – I still automatically reach for my CF). Given these TMI observations – I decided to move the zip to the side seam for this second pair. It worked out beautifully even if I do say so myself.
If you’d like to read further details about the size I cut etc then please <click here>. Pictures.
I am super excited to share these trousers that have turned out to be a very wearable muslin. I bought this pattern about a year ago now and never got round to it from fear of the dreaded crotch seam. However I thought these were fairly harmless in that they don’t have a fly front which in my head makes me feel like it would be an Alien vs Predator scenario (I cant decide which I would be in that scenerio) Anyhow……
Butterick B5895 is described as semi-fitted, tapered jeans (rolled-up, wrong side shows) have waistband, side front pockets, stitched hems, and back zipper. The high waist attracted me like a moth to a flame :-). Before I cut out the pattern I meticulously checked my measurements against the finished garment measurements on the pattern sheet. Using those I cut size 8 on the front and a size 10 for the back pieces. Had I used the pattern envelope measurements I would have cut size 12 which would have had way too much ease. My rationale for cutting 2 different sizes was that I have a sway back so in order to avoid the need for a swayback adjustment I would make the front smaller so it would ‘pull‘ the back in….. I am struggling to make it sound sensible but that’s what I thought at the time I was cutting. By the way this is in no way is this a proven hypothesis – I was just going by my gut. Continue reading →
So I got another zip out and will be making further attempts this afternoon when wee ones are sleeping ;-). The skirt is a muslin; my sewing goals for this year are to improve the quality of my sewing and making a muslin is a good stepping stone.
In other news I have been pattern window shopping which is one of my favourite procrastination techniques online. Vogue have released their Spring 2015 patterns. As I was having a sniff around, the inspiration to write a post hit me so here goes. I will start with the ones that stuck out..
V1442 just plain confuses me. This reminds me of when in the morning after the school run I figure it is a good moment to go to the toilet. As soon as I sit on the pot.. sure enough.. the doorbell rings! I of course get off the pot… no toilet break for me.. cause I have to get downstairs and deal with the courier before my 2 year old opens the door and signs for a parcel (It has happened before!). Sighing with relief that I caught the courier before he did his 2 second attempt at delivery, I look down a only to realise that my dress is tucked into my knickers! Sigh! Seriously though is it just me who doesn’t get this dress?
On V9077, I am normally mistrustful of patterns that don’t have a real life model. In this day and age of digital photography I don’t get why such a big company like Vogue cant make a test garment and photograph it for all to see…..unless if it has issues and they have to rely on pretty illustrations (sewers’ paranoia perhaps?). I wish I could say I wasn’t a sucker for pretty illustrations but I am which is why this is here. 🙂
And finally for the wild card – a pattern that is …..beguiling??..