Time to face the music & admit to a less than successful pair of trews. I’m talking about the Lisette Portfolio trousers I made in chambray. I’ve worn them a couple of times now & have made my judgement.
In terms of the pattern & instructions, they are fine. All the way along sewing them I was feeling good about them, having made quite a neat job of them, in my opinion. The side zip went in spot on, the fit seemed pretty good at first.
Well, the fit was the first thing to niggle me. I tried them on before fitting the yoke waistband & they were great. Snug enough, but not bursting at the seams tight. Then I added the yoke – it went on very tidily, I was smug. I even found some accidentally matching buttons that looked right for the front tabs.
When I came to try them on again, the blimmin waistband was too large & gaped a bit – unless I let them slink down a bit closer to my hips. But then they were possibly too deep in the #shhh# crotch area. (In the pic below, the right hand side’s leg lengths I think are different because I’m holding in the excess in the waist)
lazy loathe to unpick all my neat sewing, so I made a deal with myself to “see how they go”, letting myself off the hook. (Does anyone ever take pleasure in altering a finished garment? Oh, is that why I’m unimaginative when refashioning? Check out Suzy’s giveaway here if you want to be inspired) Here below are some shots of how they could be if altered…
I wasn’t sure about the length and as they are designed with turn ups I went with the pattern’s standard hem allowance. Not sure that was the right thing to do. I am 5’3″ – perhaps I should have shortened them. But still, I wasn’t sure so continued to the end resolving to wear them a few times.
But, dagnabbit, they are slacks! It’s not the fit that’s only wrong, it’s the style on my body shape. They are just not flattering. I feel like I am stuck in the 1980s, with the image of Miss Ellie Ewing always at the front of my mind. When she wasn’t dressed in classy sequined dresses for dinner (not necessarily sporting shoulder pads), she wore slacks, along with grandad shirts & jumper sleeves wrapped around her shoulders (see below). And on her they looked great at the time. And it was how many decades ago?
I couldn’t find a picture of her in her slack glory – could you believe it? But there were lots of memory tickling pictures and tribute websites. Look at this scene, she might be wearing those “unstylish on me but super on her in the 80s” trousers whilst sipping iced tea & check out the “mobile” phone!
So, to round off, I am not sure about my trousers. There is a time & a place for slacks, let’s keep them in the 80s, not on me. I should have stuck with my initial intention which was to make a pair of girly combats using the Built By Wendy pattern (as it worked so well before). They are probably summer trousers, so I have absolutely zero incentive to alter them now…. they could be improved by shortening them, or even becoming shorts! And as for the waistband ….will I really bother? Let’s wait until next Spring shall we? Unless anyone has any similar stories to motivate and inspire? What’s the most unintended style icon you have ever modeled?