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February 14, 2012

Last year, I participated in a Trouser Sewalong hosted by

Trouser Sewalong

The Cupcake Goddess

I didn’t succeed in sewing a pair of pants that fit me.  Simplicity 2700 is the pattern I used.

Simplicity 2700 Bootleg pants

Last year, I did sew a whole bunch of muslins.   Fortunately, I kept them.  Over the last few months, I’ve lost weight and none of the muslins fit.  So, this weekend I made a new muslin using all the knowledge that I’d gained from last year.   I’ll post pictures later in the week.

The good

  • added 2 inches, yes, 2 inches to the pants back at the crotch line and woo-hoo!  No more wrinkles at the inner thigh!  Success!
  • added 1 inch to center back and tapered to zero at the side seam for additional crotch depth.
  • add 1 inch in length.  I’ve got long legs.

The not so good

  • didn’t take into consideration my tilted waistline so the front waistband is a little too high
  • need to deepen the crotch curve for my low rear end.  See page 35 of Pants for Real People
  • zipper stop needs to be 1/4 inch below the large dot in the front.
  • I still have a tummy so I need more room in the front.  According to Pants for Real People, I can  straighten the front curve for a full tummy. There are no front darts on this pattern.  See page 35 of Pants for Real People again.

I think I will get a good fitting muslin by making the changes on the not so good list.  I plan to make another muslin with the changes this weekend.

It’s amazing how much I’ve learned since last year.  I really believe I’ll have a well fitting pair of pants soon.

Don’t you just hate it!

February 23, 2011

Don’t you just hate it when life gets in the way of sewing?  I’ve been sick for a while.  Next year, I’m getting the flu shot!  I figure I’m about a month behind on the pants/trouser sewalong.  I’m determined to keep on going.  I think I’ve got the fit right or as close to right as I can get it.  Finally!!!  Woo-hoo!Butterick B5257

I think the front is fine.  The wrinkle on the right side is probably caused by the way I’m standing.

Butterick 5257 pants back

The back looks big just below my rear and a little tight near the waistband.  I’ll let the darts out a little to fix that problem.  Not sure how to correct the lose fit below my rear so I’m just going to leave it alone.

Butterick 5257 side PantsThe wrinkles at the top are from the shirt.

I’m going to cut out the fashion fabric which is grey mystery fabric from Wal-Mart. Wish me luck 🙂

Trouser Sewalong

January 7, 2011

I’ve decided to join The Cupcake Goddess: Trouser Sewalog.

Trouser Sewalong

The Cupcake Goddess

The sewalong started on January 3, 2011.  The timeline is:

  • January 3 – 8 ~ cutting and constructing your muslin
  • January 9 -15 ~ muslin fitting and pattern adjustments
  • January 16 – 22 ~ preparing and cutting your fabric, lining and interling
  • January 23 – 31 ~ trouser construction

I’m not using the Burda pattern because I don’t have it and I have many pants patterns to chose from in my sewing room.  In December, I made a  muslin of two Simplicity patterns.  I wasn’t happy with either of them so I selected another Simplicity pattern that I think will work for me.  It’s Simplicity 2700.

Simplicity 2700 Bootleg pants

It’s been reviewed 23 times on Pattern Review and it’s very similar to Simplicity 2562 which I tried to make in December.  In fact, some of the pattern pieces are the same.  I believe the bootcut leg of Simplicity 2700 will fit me better than the wide leg 2562.  I can also learn from the mistakes I made with 2562 like assuming all the seam allowances were 1 inch.  I’ve decided to make the pants without pockets this time.  I really want to concentrate on fit not style.  Speaking of fit, I will try to use some of the tips I learned from Peggy Segar’s video chat on Pant Fitting.

So tonight around 10:30, I began tracing my pattern pieces.  Yes, I trace the big four patterns.  I altered the front by basically combined the front with the  front yoke.

Combined patterns pieces for front

Doing this, I was able to eliminate the pockets.   Here’s a tip:  I use Scotch 3/4 inch Removable Tape to tape the two pattern pieces together.  This tape stays in my sewing room.  I use it when I have to alter pattern pieces because it holds when needed and can be moved without tearing my pattern paper.

I’ve got all the pieces traced (yay).  I will cut the muslin and do a little sewing tomorrow.

That’s enough about pants, on to bra sewing news.  I received modified pattern of the Danglez DB3 bra from the owner :).  I will probably put off making a bra until after the trouser sewalong.  That will give me time to order more bramaking materials :).  I want to order Duoplex FJ-6 from Bra-makers Supply.  They use it in their bra kits.  Has anyone tried it?  Please let me know what you think of using it verses tricot with lining.

That’s all that going on with me wish me luck with my pants muslin.

First Pair of Pants and Happy Holidays Everyone.

December 24, 2010

No.  I did not fall off the face of the earth 🙂  November was supper busy for me and I still managed to do some sewing.  I mostly tried to tweak the bra pattern but I put it aside for now.  I know I will try again in January. 

This A few weekends ago I made my first pair of pants.  I don’t know why I was so afraid to sew them.  Hmmm… yeah, I do!  I didn’t want to try to fit pants.  I just knew it was gonna be a pain in my butt (pun intended). 

I’m using Simplicity 2562 view B.  These suckers have got to be the biggest bell bottom pants I’ve ever seen.  They are huge!  The construction wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I only have one a couple of real fitting issues.   I need to add more length in the crotch front.  I’ve decided not to alter the pattern now because I think this style isn’t flattering on my body.  The waistband hits at the widest point of my stomach.  Let me just say that is not attractive.  (ETA: I’ve been told that the waistband is fine so I have altered this pattern).

I’m going to try another Simplicity pattern.  Simplicity 2566 view E.  That’s about as simple as you can get with elastic in the waist.  I’ve since made Simplicity 2566 view E.   I had to make a few changes.

  1. Remove the darts in the front due to stomach.
  2. Add a large number of inches to the back crotch due to big rear end and I still need to add another inch. 
  3. Make tilted waist alteration.
  4. Add more length for my long legs.
  5. Let out 1/4″ on the hips.

Overall, I like the pants patterns. It’s pretty simple and straight forward. It’s also almost the identical style to a pair of silk Jones of New York pants that were one of my favorite pair until someone used a really hot iron on them 😦

I will do one more muslin with the changes listed above before I use fashion fabric. I hope this pattern will become a TNT (tried and true) pants pattern for me.   I also hope Simplicity 2562 will also become a TNT.  I really like the fly front and it’s very similar to my favorite pair of RTW.

I’ve been following K-line’s progress with her pants.  I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is trying to figure out how to make pants that fit 🙂 

Sorry there are not pictures with this post.  I hope to have something to show you soon.

I have everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season 🙂