OK here is the first installment, the grizzles, the trousers -sewing and fitting issues …. they are however nearing completion, just as the weather calls “wear me, wear me” & the need to wear red, white & blue approaches for the Jubilee weekend…..so I shall begin …
When I first cut out my red trousers, there was real need to wear them- I mean that start of May was chilly dank & miserable. What could be more cheerful than a pair of bright (warm) legs to ease myself into Spring? It fitted with my concept of a nautical wardrobe too…. Plus I had seen this image from ShannonEileen blog via a Google search that really inspired me.
My muse …too cute for words….
This time– opting to narrow the legs below the knee following the “skinny cords” shape, no front pockets but back pockets, because I feel they make your bum look less of an “expanse”. I have to warn you at this stage that this post will have rather too much focus on derrieres, or mine to be more precise. You may want to stop eating and cover the eyes of any small children or sensitive pets …
I had a metre of a fairly light weight cotton with some stretch in it in the most awesome red. Would you believe that there was not enough to cut out back pockets? Almost immediately I had to free-wheel, leave the safety of the pattern & create my own patchwork (no way was my bum going to be delivered as a bright red beef tomato…)…so the pockets were made from scraps ….as you’ll soon see…
What can I say about the trousers except that with the onset of the “summer” plus having to focus on some gift sewing, they have remained over the back of the chair awaiting hems & buttons. But now it cools & oh look, back to being top of the sewing pile again! They are nearly there. When they are complete I will show you the details, such as a nice zippered fly. The pockets sort of turned out OK considering they were scraps ….
But ooo, look at the detail– it’s only got an anchor – my homage to nautical & courtesy of the amazing Ginger from Gingermakes. This crazy gal only sent me a bundle of elephant loving nautical notion goodies “just because”. I will show you the extent of her kindness in a later post, but that girl is a honey and a half who sure knows the way to the heart of a Badger….thank you muchly. Anyway, I kind of digress, putting off the inevitable focus on my lard. I haven’t got pictures of the front as that fits just about OK.
Deep yogic breaths. I wish I could say I used a stunt double, but that would be a lie. Take one. Peep from behind a cushion if you are scared ….I know I am ….I’m almost hiding behind the sofa ….
What is it about stretch fabric & rear ends? What is happening to all that butt shaping? It is being sucked from the back towards the front & there is a visible horizontal crease line under my buns.
Dear learned ones I don’t understand. I used the same pattern as this more than successful (if that is even a concept) pair of trousers, worn & photographed recently to compare fit.
Yep. Still OK. Quite a good fit actually, even despite 8 months hibernation/ potential body changes. I made the red pair out of the same pattern, the only changes were made below the knee. I looked up what fitting guidance I could find (not much tbh) & all I could conclude was that there needed to be more room “out back”. So I re sewed the inner leg seam to release some of the seam allowance from the back pieces (kind of blending from above the knee ), but it only amounted to a whisper of a difference.
This is the result, take 2
There is nothing I can do to these trousers, not having any leeway with spare fabric. They “will do”. But, if anyone has any advice to offer on “why the horizontal under buns crease “ I am all attention. All I can blame is the fabric. Darn you fabric!!! Why did you do this to my trousers?!
In the meantime I will get back to finishing them & wishing I could be as cute as my inspiration! Thank you in advance if anyone can offer pearls of wisdom (or reassures me that you are not traumatized by my discombobulated bottom ….)