Hoorah, I'm happy to show you my second ever pair of me-made trousers and I must say, I'm pretty pleased with them. I did have reservations about the frumpiness of Simplicity 2654, but having decided to copy Christi's masterstroke of replacing the strange front tabs with vintage buttons, I felt reasonably confident they would turn out OK.
There were no horrors lurking in the pattern instructions, and they came together pretty easily. Because of my inherent laziness, I've now got away with not making a muslin for the past five garments I've sewn. Tut tut. I just got away with it on this occasion, but my luck must be about to run out soon. I cut a 14 and the fit was a little tight. I did notice that the tucks at the front were quite generous so simply reduced the width of them and they were instantly roomier. However, this was done before my operation and I must have lost a few pounds since then, as they're now a big baggy. Doh! Nothing a hook and eye won't put right - when I can bring myself to sew one on (shudder). There's nothing more tedious than sewing on hooks and eyes, I hate them!
I cut them straight from my (ahem) blue/black twill and although the drape is really lovely and heavy making them hang beautifully, the fabric itself is disappointingly cheap and nasty. There's a pretty high polyester content in it and it frays like nothing you've ever seen. To make sure my seams didn't unravel the minute I wore them I had to zigzag them on the smallest stitch size, which took forever. Hence the immediate purchase of an overlocker. So no more of that tedious zigzag nonsense thank you (once I've plucked up the courage to actually use it that is!)
So, what do I like about the trousers? Well, I like the fact that there's a facing rather than a separate waistband.
The other pair of high waisted trousers I've made do have a separate waistband which tends to dig in uncomfortably whenever you eat anything. I'm also hoping that this style will be a little more forgiving after a mammoth pie eating session...
And finally, the buttons... If ever there was a case for the simplest addition completely lifting a garment to a new level then this is it.
|Ooh look, gingham pockets too!|
They really do transform the look of the trousers so thank you so much Christi for the original inspiration. I've a feeling they're going to be worn a lot.
Next up is my Autumn jacket, which sadly I will have to make a muslin for. Happy Wednesday everybody. x