Can I say thank you to everyone for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving – it is so lovely and so much fun to receive them ,thank you again.
Onto my trousers then, or pants as I am already thinking of them. Pride comes before a fall they say and it’s true. There was I crowing over my very few adjustments to my first clovers. The niggle that arose with them was that perhaps they needed to be slimmer. I had bought (in two batches) this wonderful stretch velvet needlecord from Croftmill especially for a second pair of Clover Trousers.
This pair was going to be better than the grey pair that are just about work appropriate. I wanted a pair that would be fun and homey as well as maybe OK for work. I wanted mine to be real classic, inspired by Audrey, proper cigarette pants.
So I laid out the tissue pattern with my me-skinnified jeans on top to see how much wider they were and to maybe narrow the legs more. I didn’t really stick much to the jeans’ shape because they were all over the place. Instead I made the fateful error of “eyeballing” a new cutting line. Snip snip snip.
And then I sewed. But the trouble with making Clovers (all trousers actually, not just Clovers!) is that you have to get quite a way through before you can try them on. Finally with invisible zip installed, half the waistband attached & two legs sewn I skipped downstairs to the mirror for try on #1.
OMG. Jodhpurs anyone?
The fabric was easily ballooning over my upper legs & I could grab a handful at my hips, but knee and below? Skin tight. I should have taken photos except that this was at night (as all horror stories are). The photos I do have are following the first adjustment after taking out the seams, eeking out half a centimetre here & there. The lower legs & knees are still tight, so please chuckle & chortle thinking how tight the first attempt was!
Yum yum! Nice & tight around the legs & all that room in the hip area!
Now I have to see if it is possible to take any kind of remedial action that will resurrect any semblance of decent trousers out of this wonderful (but is it too small in places ) piece of midnight blue velvet needlecord.
There is some massive amount of fitting needed. The invisible zipper will need to be re-installed. And what is my crotch doiong? It is not frowning, it’s chewing bubble gum! I fear these trousers could end up like leggings …. Tell you what. All fabric with stretch is not the same. I am officially scared. Please can someone put the light on and give me a cushion to hide behind until it is over?