I am going to post all the trousers I have made from this pattern - some of you have seen them before, and I apologise for perhaps boring you. Some have only just found my blog, so perhaps I am not boring you :-). I am also posting a review for this pattern on Pattern Review - so I anticipate sewers from PR may want to look at these trousers.
Okay, here's my last, finally finished pair of trousers - the stretch cotton sateen fitted version of M5239.
|Finally smiling - front looks fitted at long last!|
|And so does the back - without too much under seat sag thanks to my tweaking.|
|And side view - legs trim and fitted - I would always wear a jacket and blouse over pants in real life!|
The next pair of pants are my original pair, quickly made pretty much from the pattern without much alteration - my standard size 8 legs, 10 hips, 12 waist and 1 inch FBA (bottom and legs). They were made in poly viscose gabardine, non stretch, and they really do hang nicely with little under bottom wrinkly crinkly's! A very classic pair of pants.
|Front, looking serious as befits serious classic pants!|
|Back - a little loose but makes me look a little larger when dealing with serious stuff!|
The next set of pictures are the same pants, same cut, same "untweaking". This time made in cotton drill. I have two pairs of cotton drill pants, one white and one emerald green.
|Loose and baggy, just right for hot weather - who wants cling in 100 degrees?|
|The back - I've learnt how to tweak these wrinkles now. Still, in hot weather I won't really care about them!|
|In this colour it doesn't matter if they are loose and cool.|
|I will enjoy wearing these!|
The next set of pants were in stretch twill - I hadn't used it before so I had no idea how it handled or what sort of fit was needed. I decided it didn't matter for these trousers as they are made for going on long walks and I may well have thermal underwear on underneath. Comfy, slouchy, and roomy are okay for country hikes!
|Nice and Roomy, Good for Action!|
|Not quite as saggy and baggy as I expected!|
The last pair are my prize pair - nice slim pants I can be proud to wear out and about in a smart/casual situation. I know I opened with them, but I want to close with them as well .
On the back view you can see that there is less wrinkling and bagging under the bottom. I used a Sandra Betzina tip to take out some of the area that caused problems. I haven't quite mastered it yet, but when I do I will write a post on how to do it.
I think this is a good pattern for learners to work with. It may not be high fashion, but it is a good shape to use as a basic pattern or template for checking other patterns against - which is what I plan to do. I think I will have to do muslins still, but at least I now have a good understanding of my shape and how to make pants to fit it. It's been quite a tedious exercise but I think, worth it, and I hope to reap the results of this investment in time in later pants projects. And, instead of making muslins that do not work - which is an even more tedious and frustrating exercise - I will have a good visual starting point to assess other patterns with.
And thank you everyone for your support during my learning curve - its been really appreciated :-)
As it is Sunday evening here, I will wish you all the best for the coming week...
Sarah Liz :-)