Nearly New Trousers...
The back view - less sagging than I normally have, so moving in the right direction:
Discovered that for some reason the CB waist was too low. Trousers were going to be uncomfortable. A remedy was needed, so I decided to make a yoke piece (I have said I will end up having to draft my own jeans, so this can be a trial attempt...). Making a yoke piece is well within my capabilities though, even if making trousers hasn't been :-)
Fold out darts and trace pants back, add extra at the CB (left hand side).
Place on pants and open up back seam:
Yoke sewn on and trim away the old bit of pant with the dart in:
New back sections ready for sewing the back crotch seam. The yoke pieces were finished with a flat fell seam (won't photograph as the seams won't show up in black fabric). I can tell you (with pride) that my yoke pieces match perfectly at the CB.
Zip inserted - somehow had to disguise the fact that I made a bit of a hash of the fly front (I don't know why, I have done plenty, but there you are...) It looks nicely finished now though.
These pants provided lots of trials and tribulations- machine basting for fit, undo machine basting, machine pants outside leg, topstitch, everything rippled, undo topstitching, redo topstitching, machine inner legs together - front inner leg now looks puckered, undo, redo the seam and take the ease over a longer distance...machine baste crotch and check fit, undo and sew. It feels like I've sewn five pairs of pants (and yes, there is enough sewing for five pairs) but I only have one nearly finished pair to show for it :-).
Some garments just go like this unfortunately. But I could not admit defeat to all of you :-)
And here is the result - nearly done. I've got the waistband attached, as I said above, and hems ready to go. I'd love to finish them today, but by the time you are reading this, I will be in Sydney - we are going down for the weekend, and will see Bell Shakespeare performing Henry 1V. John Bell is playing Falstaff, so that should be a treat. For those of you overseas, John Bell is now in his 70's. He started Bell Shakespeare as a young man, and toured in the UK where the company was a huge success. His company always does brilliantly energetic performances, drawing on a lot of the older theatrical conventions, including those of
Commedia del'Arte. (Bell Shakespeare also does Commedia del'Arte peformances from time to time, and they are a real treat...) - here is the link to find out more about this company, for those of you who may be interested: http://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/
Anyway, back to the pants. So, I can't finish today, but I will have them completed by next weekend for posting then :-)