Hello everyone, my mojo is not quite restored yet, but I have managed to finish these pants and do a whole lot of essential tasks that have been sitting ignored for ages, you know, the sort of jobs no-one wants to do. Things like paperwork and decluttering stuff. Lots more to go, but sometimes it is the starting on tedium that is the hardest part.
Well, the new trousers are the last of my old Sarah Liz Sew Style. Over the three years since I have been blogging, I have gradually re-learnt forgotten skills in making ordinary clothes. I deliberately started on making a very casual wardrobe for two reasons. The first was because I needed it, and the second was that it did not matter much if there were problems with the sewing or fit. And I learnt the basics of sewing with knits. Along the way I learnt, of course, and now feel ready to take my sewing to a new level - which will of course mean more learning.
In order to start to develop a less casual for around the house type of wardrobe, I decided that I needed to update my style knowledge. So I have just undertaken another style course, which I hope will equip me to choose garments that work well for me. I haven't really worried too much with my casual house wear, because I was at that stage worrying more about just covering my body reasonably adequately.
I followed this tradition when I made my August Make a Garment a Month garment. I really needed some hardy casual pants for doing things around the house, running chores, shopping and so on. And I wanted pockets in them. I used a combination of three patterns, all by Kwik Sew in order to make a pair of straight leg elastic waist trousers with pockets in them.
I used a 1.45 of 130 wide stretch cotton twill purchased from Spotlight.
(Kwik Sew 2960 has been made up a number of times - if you are interested, click here. )
The front has worked nicely, and you can see the pockets. Now, normally I do not wear a white t-shirt worn over a vest, tucked into pants. I have a non existent waist, and am short waisted, so this is certainly a very non flattering look. We non waisted rectangles with tums know that we have to wear a garment that skims our mid section outside our pants. Still, we sewing bloggers know what we must do for our art:
Yes, pockets!! Now, the side view:
I have lightened the side view photo so that I can show you the diagonal wrinkles that are occurring from my high hip area to under my bottom. I am very flat here, and always get these wrinkles, even with RTW pants. Most fit alterations seem to remove under the bottom fullness that is horizontal, not diagonal. I have done those alterations and mostly eliminated under the bottom wrinkles, but I still have this problem that I have not yet solved. Mostly because I think I was just glad to get pants that fitted me better than RTW, which were always voluminous on my very slim hips and thighs.
I have lightened the back view as well. This clearly shows the diagonal formation of wrinkles. In fact, looking at my very neat derriere, it is almost a neat triangle - no cheek curves going south and filling out the trousers. That is why the wrinkling. Also, with no thighs to speak of, and very straight, slim, legs, I need to adjust and shorten the side leg of this type of pants. RTW look worse - I have about 5 inches of fabric flopping around my thighs, so my pants are a marked improvement. But I could improve them more, I think.
But not now. I urgently needed these, and in those situations, I will settle for my better than RTW fit but needs improvement when I have time.
And after all, when they are being worn, no-one except a dedicated sewer, notices these things. And a lot of the time, when you are moving and sitting in them, none of these fitting issues will be obvious at all.
Well, that's it for the show and tell. I still have about three winter garments unblogged, but for now, it is time to think about my new style requirements, which just happens to coincide with a new season to sew for. I think I am feeling my mojo slowly return, even though it is still really cold here.
Bye for now,