Friday, June 27, 2014

Powerful Pants

It's amazing how much more you can get done when you have a playmate to sew with. I'm spending a lot more time at the machine and less on the couch reading. Yesterday, I finished the Trio Pants and started a pair of jeans.

The Trio pant pocket is virtually identical to the one on Marcy's Vogue 8499 skirt only this print is so busy that it's completely lost in terms of detail and simply adds width and weight which is not the best thing for it to do. I think the pattern would be much better sewn in a solid fabric where the details were more visible.

My only complaint is that the finished measurements were not printed on the pattern, in the instructions, or on the website. I chose the size based on my hips and will need to go down one, possibly two sizes. There is WAY too much ease. However...

... the shape of the crotch curve was perfect. The only alteration I made was my usual shortening the hip depth by one inch and it fit perfectly. This t-shirt is not the best choice to go with. It's too snug to create good balance between the upper and lower body. The pants look fabulous with Katherine's Vogue 8691 - perhaps because that pattern just really suits me. In this print especially, they're powerful pants. The Vogue top tones that down a bit. I like the floral fabric. It's worth saving so I'll take these apart, remove the pocket, and take in the seams. Based on how much I take in, I'll be able to determine which size to sew next time. I'll definitely make them again.

The jeans were already cut out back in April. I can't remember why they were put aside but they've come together easily. The design is a variation on the Burda 8157 pants. I added a yoke to the back and have patch pockets ready to sew in place once I determine the correct spot and...

... I added a pouch pocket to the front. I've been trying to find ways to use up the cotton fabrics that are sitting in my stash since I'm no longer doing textile art. The pockets took a small piece but it's a start. The denim fabric had more Lycra than I realized. I took the side seams in an additional 1/4" to make up for that or 1" less ease in total.

Barb and I are having a lot of fun. We're both working steadily on our projects and just enjoying the camaraderie, good conversation, and laughter. Her jacket is coming along really well. It's been interesting to watch her sew it because other than a shirt a year ago, she hasn't sewn clothing in a really long time and yet the flow has come back easily and the jacket is turning out fabulous. I'm hoping she'll want to sew more clothing again.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - that I'm not discouraged at the idea of finishing a pair of pants and then taking them apart and remaking them again. For me, it's fun to get the right fit and to make the fabric work, especially as I really like the colors and print. This is good. It illustrates the evolution of my sewing life from beginning to now. I like the fabric. I'm willing to save it. I know what to do. Good and enough.

I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it "content." 
- Lauren Bacall


  1. I completely understand about taking the pants apart. I don't nail all the seams shut. I switch to water soluble thread for side seams and waistband. I learned the hard way that every pant for me will need fit tweaking. WST is my savior.

    1. I baste my seams and then just pull firmly to pull out the stitches. It works and I don't have to wash anything. I do a lot of pin fitting and basting. These pants are designed to have a lot of ease but that doesn't fell comfortable on me. I thought that might happen but wanted to try them the "real" way first. Now I know.

  2. Cute pants!!!

    And that yoke is looking like perfection!

    1. Thank you. I was pleased with the yoke.

  3. what is this water soluble thread that sdBev speaks of? I'll have to look into that!

    Myrna: You both look like you're having a blast! I've made these pants from TSW and they are also fun to play with -- make different pocket styles, etc. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    1. When I re-make this pair, I'll leave the pocket off since the pattern is too busy but I've been thinking about pocket possibilities and about putting some darts or tucks in the hem line. I'd love to see a picture of the ones you've made if that's possible.


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