Back on to the subject of today's blog :
My new cotton calico pants. Unfortunately, I managed to get something on my old pair of black basics that just would not come off, so they had to go. Faded, I can deal with, stained or splotched with grime that won't come off, no. Won't have that. I was rather sad, because they were my standby basic black casual pant.
So I needed to make another pair quickly. Enter Vogue 9067.
These pants actually sit at the waist, which I like. I cut size Small, which was still quite large and roomy, but then these are action pants, and they are to be worn in summer, so you want air to circulate to cool you down. The pants were quite long so I shortened them by 1.5 inches. The hem allowance was only 5/8 inch, but I made mine 1/1/4. I also added more the the waist casing as I was using 1 inch elastic instead of the 3/4 inch stipulated in the pattern.
Then I just sewed them straight up. Easy. And they fit - with lots of ease for movement and both the crotch and the rise were correct for me. Amazing :)
I think I spent more time trying to get a decent photo than I did sewing these things. It was dark and pouring today, so more indoor photos and no light. I changed a few times, but nothing really seemed to work that well.
So, I shall just leave you with a few of my attempts:
Maybe I will have more luck if I try and pose like the model on the pattern envelope:
Well, I think it really is just one of those days as far as blog photos go. Whatever, I like these pants for casual basics, which is just as well, because I made 2 pairs.
(Purple Top - Vogue 1247, blog post : click here )
(Blue Top - Based on Butterick 3383 , blog post: click here )
(Red shirt ---RTW. Millers.
These pants (both pairs) were officially made at the end of 2015. This year I will be talking costs and style. I do not have full details for the cost of these pants, but roughly: Pattern was $10.00 on sale, Calico was about $20.00, Elastic about $1.70, Thread, say $4.00 including overlocking thread. So about $17.85 each pair of pants. Which is about right for this sort of workhorse pant for gardening, housework etc, and they look okay for going to the shops as well. So, Style is everyday casual wardrobe basic.
Cost and style aside, could you even buy a pair of cotton workhorse pants in the shops in any case?
Now I need to get back to some jobs...
Bye for now