|My McCalls M5239 learners pants/trousers|
I actually went to the shops to see if I could purchase a pair - sometimes I get tired of having to make everything if I want it to fit me to any degree. Where I live it is not easy to get small clothes, as the average build here is very large indeed. But I had a quick look. I think I am an embarrassment to any shop assistant because I burst out laughing at the huge thighs that balloon out in RTW. And low rise as well, so they just start slipping down. I usually frustrate the shop assistants, who are quite sure that they will find me something, only to find that when I say I am not easy to fit, I mean that I am not easy to fit :). It frustrates me as well - I would love to be able to buy things from time to time, especially when I am busy and I need a garment.
Anyway, as some of you know, RTW pants and myself do not get along well at all. My worst fitting pants tend to be a better look than this:
|Seriously sad saggy look|
Anything I make, however badly fitted, has to look better than this. So, to the pattern collection to find something that I might want to make.
I quite like the following pattern and traced my sizes off - Small at waist and high hip, Extra Small for hip and legs. Then I wondered if maybe it was a little too dramatic for work trousers.
|Kwik Sew 3853.|
I then looked at McCalls 6403. I thought this was a nice classic pant that would do for work. I looked at the pattern pieces and worked out straight away that the back was going to be far too big and baggy for me. I really don't want to have to start seriously remaking the pattern at this point in time. I just want some basic trousers. And to make them with limited frustrations this time around and not with weeks of muslins. Seriously, I need clothes, not lots of muslins in the rubbish bin.
As I had traced it off this morning, and having turned down other choices, I decided to cut this out in calico, down to the knees - I don't like to waste calico - as a muslin. If it looks okay, I may make this trouser up for a formal long legged pant. I do like this trouser, and love the cuffed version, which I will make in a cotton fabric for summer. I guess it is just not what anyone else is wearing, which is part of the appeal - I also like the looseness around the tummy area, and the inbuilt bagginess (no need to fit !) which also hides the fact my legs are thin and my waist not so defined.
While I am working on solving the pants choice, I am also making an A-Line skirt. I tend to like a simple project to work on while thinking about the next project and getting the pattern and muslin organised.
Do you have just as much trouble choosing what to make? I'd love to know - I'm sure I'm not the only one :)