A Very Busy Sewing Week...
Excuse my slightly underdressed look in these photos - I wanted to show you the top of these trousers, and wearing a longer top over them - which is what I do - was not going to show you how these are made and how they fit. Tucking in a thicker t-shirt doesn't work very well and adds bulk around the hip area, so I thought I would use this flimsy camisole - it is short so it works quite well to show this area without too much added bulk. It's cold today (about 20 degrees C, which some of you might say is still mild, especially those of you who are emerging out of a long northern hemisphere winter) and I am not enjoying being this bare!
These pants are really very quickly sewn pants for wearing everyday. I made them out of stretch cotton sateen, from Spotlight. It will wrinkle like mad, but then if I bought sateen trousers the same thing will happen.
My sewing was fast and furious - I have an urgent need for transitional pants. I have cotton ones now for summer, but not much for casual for this time of year.
I used Kwik Sew2960:
|Kwik Sew 2960.|
I have made this elastic waist variation before (last year) in a patterned fabric (then discovered I don't wear patterned pants that much - but I plan to this winter with a rather boring and very long cardigan I have just unearthed in the woollies drawer- that should tone the pants down a bit).
Although I did an under bottom adjustment, there is still quite a fold underneath. I altered my adjustment with the black pants. And the crotch did not feel right, so I altered it a bit. And raised the waist a little bit as I prefer high waisted pants for comfy wear.
Now the photos of the latest pair:
The fabric handles quite differently - it is softer and lighter in weight. The tail is fitting better, and the under bottom wrinkles are a little less. These are wrinkles down the legs in both front and back pictures - but I was running backwards and forwards to the camera to reset the timer - so no stylist to adjust the wrinkles, and no airbrushing afterwards either. But this is how they will actually look when being worn. I'm happy with this for home wear. And the fit is not too bad considering my fit issues.
If you look at these RTW pair - you can see how baggy they are for me in the leg at inner and outer thigh:
They are baggy in the back as well, and they are one of my better fitting RTW pants:
Even my more poorly fitting me mades are no worse, and often better, than this. And I learn more each time I make something, both about sewing and fitting.
As these are home pants for everyday use, I needed a pair to wash and a pair to wear. So, I made two pairs:
Not only did I sew these, but I also made my April garment of the month. The same pair of trousers in a blue stretch cotton sateen, also from Spotlight(in my stash).
And now the back:
For the rear, I am slightly arching my back , and that has caused some of that wrinkling - but my RTW trousers are no better, and don't fit my hips and things nearly as neatly. Also, I do like some fullness in my pants legs, and there will always be some wrinkling - as you can see, I am very thin, and my legs and arms are slender- there is never going to be a perfect fit with pants for me - nor would I want it - I need a bit of bulk, not skin tight somethings that emphasize my pin legs and slightly rounded tummy.
Now, these only took about a day to make, so I had a bit of time leftover. I also had a bit of black sateen left over. So I quickly made a little skirt. Again, with an elastic waist. I used Kwik Sew 3765:
Again, I cut XS hips and legs, and S for the tummy and waist area. I used the short version and added 2.5 inches. I have made the skirt in January of this year, in a stretch cotton sateen (again, from Spotlight):
It only took me about an hour from go to woe in making up this skirt (I do have a big machine that sews quickly).
So my new skirt for winter, over tights:
I think I will be taking photo's of these garments again one day - with proper tops. Showing of sewing is one thing - but to show the clothes to their best advantage takes a bit more effort. However, I do believe this sort of basic photography is good for showing the garment as it is, as it is sewn.
Well, I am so sewn out , that I am having a break today :). I don't always enjoy what my mother calls hack sewing, but it sometimes gets the job done. So I am not feeling much like sewing today! - But - I am pleased I have some basics to wear for this in-between sort of weather.
Next I want to make some slightly more fashionable basics to add to my classic basics. Back to work next week, with the BAS (business activity statement, a quarterly imposition from our Tax Office that everyone hates doing), then the accounts to get in order, so something a little more interesting will be needed!
Happy sewing everyone,