Is it just me or do you trust the stitches more on RTW garments than something you make your self?
How many times have you laid flat on your bed, sucking in your tummy in an attempt to fasten your favourite trousers?
I used to do, but since making most of my clothes there’s no way I’d put my stitches through such strain! I generally air on the side of caution and make sure there’s plenty of room to move and breathe. And also to lessen the chance of splitting open the seams and avoiding embarrassing situations. And often things then end up a bit too big.
So I made another pair of Simplicity’s Amazing Fit trousers.
I’ve made them once before in a black cotton sateen with a small amount of lycra. Whilst the fit isn’t amazing I’ve worn them loads, mainly for golf. I often let in and out the back centre seam depending how thin/fat I’m feeling. Big mistake when making these the first time – I didn’t bother with belt loops.
I knew exactly which fabric I wanted to use as I searched through my stash. A John Kaldor cotton sateen I picked up last year from John Lewis in Newcastle. I was a bit gutted when I realised there was not stretch in them.
I was just able to scrape the pattern out of the 1.5 metres. There wasn’t much left!
As the pattern’s quite bold and random I didn’t attempt any pattern matching which thankfully turned out ok. Phew! And no blooms that I’ve notice have ended up in any inopportune places!
As the cotton was quite soft to touch I reinforced the pocket opens with piping.
And made a few too many strips for belt loops. That way I could be choosy – I wanted to be able to match them with the waist band so then if I chose not to wear a belt they would blend in with the fabric.
The trousers were a fairly quick make. As usual it’s the cutting out and preparation that take the longest!
The zip went in like a dream and my overlocker was on it’s best behaviour when finishing off all the seams.
Except I had a slight hiccup when sewing one of the side seams and managed to take in a little of something into the seam that shouldn’t have got sucked in! I tried them on and couldn’t really tell so just left it! I think it was only about 1/2 an inch on one side, but the heart rate did rise until I realised it wasn’t so disastrous as first thought.
Then there was the dilemma of full length or capri? H did the initial photo shoot. Must remember to wear a T shirt bra in future!
Excuse the brightness – you may need to adjust your screen!
It wasn’t the most successful photoshoot H has ever done for me. Whilst there was lots of pics to choose from, these 3 were the best!! Maybe it’s not all his fault – a tight pink golf top and pink wedges is not a look I’d even go to the corner shop in so god knows why I thought it would be ok to send around the world on my blog!!
One day maybe I should write a post containing photo shoot flops!
Within a week or so of making these I came to try them on again and found them a little big big on the waist. All the exercise must be paying off!
I could’ve let them hang lower….
But then I would have loads of excess fabric in the crotch area…
I couldn’t nip them in on the back due to my fancy criss cross belt loops so after a little deliberation I opted to make a tuck next to the 2 front belt loops, creating a pleat on either side.
I wouldn’t normally choose to make anything with pleats around the tummy put they turned out ok, and weren’t really noticeable in the busy fabric.
I stitched the pleat down, hiding the stitching under the belt loop.
Only a little bit of ease….
And slightly better styling with flat shoes and my Morris blazer. I’ve only wore them once on a sunny day last week and managed to catch my dad to take a couple of pics.
I’m still undecided whether or not to shorten them to wear as capri pants. What do you think??
If you’re a bit scared of making pants after reading all the horror stories out there on the internet I’d definitely recommend the Amazing fit patterns. There’s quite a few different styles out there now. They allow extra room in the seams and explain where to adjust each seam for different fitting issues. I would go with a stretch woven though for and add the belt loops. And not too much ease!
Is it just me or do you add too much ease too?!
The Monthly Stitches themed challenge this month is flower power‘. I think they might just qualify for this don’t you!!