I took a week off blogging last week as I was not feeling well. I have one of the autoimmune rheumatoid disorders, and from time to time have flares. Probably why I was very tired and irritable when I was away - more so than usual. Not only do you get pain and stiffness, but also cognitive interference - I could not remember how to thread one of my machines! My husband (who is a Medical Doctor and I often feel a bit like the female actor in Doc Marten!! ) even gave me sick leave the week before last. I am improving this week and was able to work again. I guess this is one reason I have done the #sewphotohop challenge on Instagram - better to post that to sit there sore and sorry! Normally I am too busy to do a daily challenge - I always fizzle in Me Made May, but have thought of a way to do this next year...
But I digress...back to sewing and these pants.
Sewing was hard work, but I have managed to make two pairs of very simple elastic waist trousers. Boring as, and very simple but just right for a slightly befuddled mind and sore body to tackle. A seam a day got a pair made each week. I made a pair each of black cotton broadcloth and drill trousers - fabric purchased from good old Spotlight.
These will be everyday basics for wearing at home. You can do all your chores, sew in them, and look reasonable all at the same time. A change of top and you can go out in them.
I used a pattern that I have made up before. New Look 6216. My navy broadcloth pair are still going strong and can be seen here.
A basic pattern, pockets and elastic waist in a casing. The pattern shows a drawstring, but I never bother with those because I wear tops over pants and don't want a lump over my tummy where the drawstring would tie up. Or tails dangling, which always annoy me and end up getting caught in things.
I cut size 8 and these are plenty large enough on me. I didn't need to alter anything, except for shortening by 1inch/2 cm and by doing an underbottom fold.
So, I will just show you the photos, because there is so little to say about the making.
The first set of photos are the pants made in cotton broadcloth. I look rather unsmiling, but that was still when I was in my most unwell period:
And this set is of the black drill pants. With more smiles as I am starting to feel better. Pain gone, just seedy and slow:
Well, that's it for this week, I am off to catch up with chores. I also have lots of back blogs to post - oh, and one day, a post on my initial foray into pattern drafting. More next week, but before I go, a taste of what's to come:
Bye for now