This was the week of the wadder wannabes. I wanted to make a pair of slim fitting casual pants and coat from Burda pattern 7162, already sized for petite.
I wanted to make the cropped version, and wear them under the coat. I have slim legs so thought I could get away with it. The pattern stipulated stretch fabric for the trousers.
I decided (wisely, in hindsight) to make a muslin out of some stretch cotton that I do not like - I think I bought it when it was cheap, and then regretted it.
This was the result:
Lovely hip pouches and tight tummy area (both of which could be easily remedied), but look at the wrinkly legs, and knobbly knees! This is not the chic, slightly sophisticated look I was fantasizing about!
And that's before looking at the back:
A seriously non sophisticated look. I know they are designed to go under a coat, but still!!
So, I decided to bin that project before my angst grew too troublesome.
Next, still fixating on the slim pant idea, I decided to try McCalls M6405.
|McCalls M 6405|
I decided to do a muslin but end it at the knee, given my luck with the Burda pants. I thought I might have had more luck with McCalls 6405. No such thing:
Wonderful baggy bombay bloomers (and these were size 8 legs, and 10 waist). The pattern must be designed for a very pear shaped figure.
Here is the rear view:
The rear view is not so bad - in fact I quite like the way the back sits, and I like the way the front waist area sits. It's just the amazingly baggy legs that aren't quite the look I wanted. I could take them in, but I suspect the amount would then start distorting the rest of the garment. I might have to find something slim, and then adapt the top.
Still determined, I move on the try Kwik Sew 3540. Also claimed to be slim pants, and sized for stretch only. This had to be third time lucky.
So, what happened? (I'll give you three guesses...)
Yes, that's right, another wadder wannabe:
I suspect even Pollyanna would say no to wearing these! As did I. So, this week, three muslins for 3 wadder wannabes. Now safely resident in the rubbish bin.
So, I haven't got much to show for my sewing week. I guess at least I wasn't silly enough to proceed and be working through something I was going to hate for the next couple of weeks.
Do you have weeks like this? Do you proceed with bad looking muslins and then come out with something wonderful? Or do you gracefully decline the experience?
Thank goodness there is always another sewing week :)