I also decided that as I was having a morning of muslins, to go back to the trouser problems. For those of you new to the blog, I have decided that this year is the year I am going to work on this problem and sort it out once and for all.
So, I decided that the first thing was to find a basic block with no details so I could just get a basic shape that will fit me. I'm fairly straight up and down, 34 inch hips (87 Cm's), and today, in the morning before any bloating, a very trim 26 inch waist (66 cm). It's usually 26 and a half inches but can go up to 27 and a half inches, on some days (same weight). I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a rather elastic tummy area! So I've often done a size "13" waist and size 10 hips. However, Nancy Zieman in her book Pattern Fitting with confidence says that you should use hip size (which I thought I was) and then go down a couple of sizes. So she suggests that a 34 inch hip should use a size 6 pattern. This is because the legs are otherwise so baggy (don't we all know that) and the crotch does not fit.
Well, I have not got a pattern that small, so decided to settle on 8. Nancy Zieman gives lots of complicated instructions about how to get a perfect fit with all sorts of measurements, but I found that I just wasn't quite getting what she was saying. So, I decided to cut out a muslin and have a look for myself where the issues might be. I have used two different patterns.
I'll be trialing trousers during the fitted blouse project - and updating progress as it happens. I work tomorrow, but the day after will allow me time to really nut all this out. Along with the blouse.
|Pattern 1, Front.|
|Pattern 2, Front,|
|Pattern 1, Back.|
|Pattern 2, Back|
Well, I've got to go to work next, then the ironing to do after, then dinner. You know how it is - but the difference today was I decided to sew first and other responsibilities later. Usually it's the other way around, and you know what happens then, don't you? Yes, too tired to sew. I decided it was better to be tired doing the ironing, which is dead boring and doesn't need much alertness - ditto dinner, dishes and so on.
Sarah Liz :)