Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Powerful Pants Take Two

The posting may look familiar but it's actually the powerful pants take two. There's a lot less ease now and they're wonderful. I wore them all day yesterday. They're very comfortable and even garnered several unsolicitations. YES YES ! ! !

At the side hemline, I made two one inch pleats and pressed them in opposite directions. This pulled the width in enough to be less flappy and tapered the hemline. Before that...

... I eliminated the pocket and took four of the six seams in - not center front or center back - an additional half inch for a total reduction of four inches in ease. If I compare that to the sizing on the pattern pieces it's...

... two sizes smaller at the hips only I took it in all the way from waist to hem and the grading is more tapered toward the hemline. To make the adjustments to my pattern, I'll take a tuck down the middle of the relevant pieces and that'll do the trick. I definitely want to sew them again. I enjoy wearing this style of pant. Funkier pants and trouser style pants are far more flattering to my figure and therefore far more comfortable for me to wear. I'll try the pocket again on a less patterned pair.

I had a bunch of buttons piling up in a zip lock bag and finally decided to deal with them, remove the cardboard, string them together, and move them to the button jars. I was amazed at the garbage compared to the...

... the buttons. These are now in the button jars. I also did the specialty buttons and put them in a glass jar where I can see them clearly. I keep trying to start and end a project with buttons - like the Oscar de La Renta jacket that is almost finished - and they keep veering away into some other choice - like the knot buttons - and that's okay. Whatever the starting point is fine as long as I get started.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a fun new pattern.

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. 
- Eleanor Roosevelt


  1. Floral pants look great after the remake!

    1. Thanks. I like them much better.

  2. The pants look great! I've been realizing the same thing for myself, that I should just enjoy trousers and fun cuts of pants and not give much thought to whether I have a pair of jeans -- because they're more flattering *and* more interesting to sew! Also, thanks so much for that Eleanor Roosevelt quote -- it resonates with me very, very strongly this evening. Do you know more about the quote?

    And in reverse order: Hi, I'm Rose. I think I may have commented once here, but since I've continued to lurk, I thought I should introduce myself! I haven't been blogging my sewing yet, but I'm just about to start. Blogs like yours are driving my desire to do it!

    1. Thank you. YES YES - that's the same realization I came to. I have jeans to wear for mucking about but I'm way more comfortable in other things. I sewed a trouser style pant out of denim. Should have pictures of it tomorrow. Feels great.

      I'm glad the quote resonated with you. I don't know anything else about it.

      Thanks for commenting. It's always nice to get feedback. I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do. Let me know your address when you start.

  3. The pants look fabulous! So fun and comfy. How wonderful to find a pattern that works for you!

    1. Thanks. I think the pattern has potential for variations. I'll make it again soon.


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