This is the last pair of pants in the current series of five pairs of pull on pants. So far I have made four pairs in stretch cotton sateen. I needed a pair of pants for slightly smarter occasions, and rather quickly, as I have none in the wardrobe (except for old work pants, which I don't like and wouldn't want to wear for slightly smarter occasions!!). This pair is in stretch polyester/viscose crepe.
I used Kwik Sew 2960 as my base, view C.
I cut size XS from the hips down, and S for the tummy/waist area. I altered the pattern to make the waist slightly larger. Then I added an elastic casing, and eliminated the zip. I also lengthened the pattern by 1/14 inches, and removed a slice of fabric in a dart under the bottom to eliminate some of the back under bottom wrinkling. This will never entirely be eliminated with my small bottom and thin legs.
There is not much to report really - so I'll just show you the results:
What I am noticing in these is that with this fabric there is very little drag down the back leg - it's hard to see in the photo - the trouble with black! But you can see in the slightly sideways one, that there is no wrinkling extending out to the legs. So fabric type really makes a difference in the performance of trousers (pants).
I'm also noting lots of wrinkles in the t-shirt - this is a cheap RTW t-shirt. The wrinkles occur well above my waistline, so I need to eliminate fabric above the waistline (much like a swayback, but higher - and also you can see the narrow back across the thoracic spine area - so this fabric also needs to be removed). When I make t-shirts this would not bother me, but for fitted dresses, blouses and jackets, this is useful fitting information to have.
So this is the series of pants, in order:
|Black pants, casual, stretch cotton sateen (two pairs)|
|Blue pants, casual, stretch cotton sateen|
Black and White, casual, stretch cotton sateen
Black pants, dress pants, stretch poly viscose crepe.
Five pairs in total:
I am tired of sewing these pants now - it was getting a little tedious making the same garment over and over again, but at least I have these basics in my wardrobe now, as well as the hot weather, all cotton pants and skirts that I made last year. Now for a few basic skirts for transitional seasons, and I will have a good base wardrobe that will only need tops to be added.
I will be glad when my disciplined "lets start with the basics"part of my sewing is finished. It's taken a long time to get this far. I'm looking forward to making slightly more challenging, interesting or stylish garments. Or, at the very least, a different pattern, even if it is a basic again.
And, I'm still making up my mind about Me Made May 2014...
Sarah Liz :)