After months giving the appearance I was all signed up for the Colette Patterns Clover Sewalong, I finally got my now 3%-lycra-mix snuggly covered butt into gear to explore the feasibility of Clover pants & Scruffy Badger’s potentially quirky waist down.
There has been much emphasis on making a muslin for these trousers, so that’s partially what stopped me. I had my fabric (£4/ m from Birmingham Rag Market) but nothing more expendable. All the wonderful fitting fixes prepared by the sewalong also convinced me that I was going to have to get heavily involved in “issues”, therefore I wanted some cheaper fabric to mess up. Hard to find. I thought I was really clever dismembering an old pair of trousers to harvest their fabric that had lost its colour, but still had an element of stretch. When finally coming to position pattern piece on the separated pieces of fabric I was scuppered simply by there not being enough there. (Despite appearances, Clover pants, although slimline amazingly still require ample fabric for one’s butt. Get that! There was I thinking that slimline meant “smaller-on-me” & therefore, the low rise wide legged trousers that I took apart would surely suffice. But no. Remember these babies go up to one’s waist & fit nice & snugly around one’s rear. That does not mean that they utilise any less fabric, or enable one to shed any inches in that area. Sadly. Shame I didn’t engage my brain on this before the unpicking.) Therefore, with no other choice I opted to make what I hoped would become a “wearable muslin” out of the grey.
Strangely enough, however I cut it out, by complete chance, sort of merging between two sizes, and it seemed to just about work out. I took photos at the first trying on stage.
There was some runkles at the back hips, suggesting that I needed to allow a little more at the hip seams. But try as I might, I could not for the life of me see any “smiling crotch” or, even worse a “frowning crotch”. (Heaven forbid!! The very idea fills me with dread…. Nothing untoward down there, let me assure you!) Eeeking out a 1/4″ at both sides I came to try on again. Now, I might be blind, there might be some other area that could do with better fitting, but I could not see it therefore it did not take much convincing to continue with the making.
I adored the style with cute little waist pockets & used some leftovers from my pussybow galore blouse. The only deviation I made from the pattern was to sew a lapped zip, as I did not have an invisible zip.
The final try on to set the length was puzzling. I wanted to most definitely avoid the Miss Ellie look. Shoes? I know I NEED a pair of brogues. But will remain prudent. I found two pairs to mess around with lengths. Just above the ankle? Does that work out OK? I am not sure if I need to make them narrower though ….is that better Miss Ellie avoidance?
The first time I wore them I felt in heaven. Give me fabric with lycra in any day. Oh my word! But am I getting old before my time? Will the curse of Miss Ellie style never leave me? Am I destined to bulldoze my way through the throngs of more deserving grandmas for the navy slacks to be found alongside lilac acrylic turtle necks in British Home Stores?
And here continues my doubts about this particular trouser shape on me. Now I am carrying a bit of extra load following the festive season, which is bound to fall off once I start running again (huh! in my dreams!) I tried to funk them up.
(Apologies about the photo -taken in daylight, but inside- can’t wait for more light …)
The first time I wore them I went a bit “Audrey” daring to wear a neck scarf to the office. Engaging my inner doubt was the fact that no one, yes no one, commented on me wearing something pretty unusual. (Should I have mentioned that I also wore leopard fur loafers & stripey socks?) Paranoia is not an attractive trait.
Not to let negative thoughts prevail, I shall make one more pair. I am planning to make them in navy velvet needlecord, but silly me, I did not buy enough fabric. Don’t ask me how. I can be so stupid sometimes, as well as paranoid.
But hooked it seems I am on trying more fabrics with some S-t-r-e-t-c-h. Like these three from Croftmill.
There will be at least one more pair of clovers, maybe some 3/4 length for the spring as well. The floral bedford cord has a slight stretch to it as well, & I thought it could make a cute Pastille.
And no, I hear you hollering, but you cannot see more pictures of my finished butt. There are limits to the number of times I refer to my backside, let alone inflicting it on you, me, anyone, in its technicolour non glory. Even in the pursuit of science. Take it from me that the runkles are no longer there. You are not seeing my ar**e in lycra again.
So what have your experiences been wearing lycra mix garments? Does it make you feel fancy free, or does it pile on your psychological years? How has your Clover experience gone? Do share … no butt pics required…..