“It’s about time”! Another pair of Ultimate Trousers. Yes, these trousers were made way back in September & I have only just got around to posting about them. That’s mainly due to not having taken photos of them in action – as you will see they crease a little following a day’s wear- & so any post work photos are just plain out of the window since I am highly unlikely to feel the urge to iron straight after a day at the office & a two mile power walk uphill.
OK, rewind. The Contingency pants were born for OWOP (One Week One Pattern), when my pattern of choice was the Ultimate Trouser pattern. The only shortfall I had was trousers for work. But why did I call these the Contingency pants?
My deviation from the pattern – lapped zipper, not an invisible zip.
Well, I had actually cut out another pair of Ultimates in work appropriate autumnal suiting, however, when I came to sew them up, discovered I hadn’t the right coloured thread. This fabric – a mini dogtooth check (100% silk remnant from Mandors in Edinburgh) was always tucked away at the back of my mind as a potential pair of ultimates, & when called on for OWOP, therefore became the “Contingency Pants”. I might be doing myself no favours referring to them as “pants” because I really don’t want you to confuse with “incontinence pants” . But there you go. Please do not be confused.
So, you know by now that I love the Ultimate trousers by Sew Over it. My OWOP adventures this year chart their versatility & my love of their cut & style. The sewing of these Ultimates is a cinch- as I always say- once you get the fit just about right. But I have made quite a few pairs of these now (5 pairs) & I have to say that allow for fabrics to behave differently. Do not assume that because your last pair was body perfect that you have no need to try on as you sew – different pairs have given me a different fit experience. These are made in a silk that behaves almost like a light weight polyester (I have the label though to prove that it is silk!), these, came up huge.
I had to wear them, realise during the day that they were not snug enough & take some more in afterwards. I think I altered the CF & CB about three times. I still feel when I look at them in these photos that they are not the most flattering on me. (I mean it would help if I wore better underwear – apols about that! Just pretend that you can’t see any vpls please, for me…) But even still I am not 100% sure that I have finished them…I may take the lower leg in a bit more ….but then I do need enough calf room to be comfy & tasteful (!)….what do you think? I mainly wear these with flat shoes & am not after a skinny look, but maybe they could look better a bit more skinny than this?
I don’t tend to wear them with tops like this – I have just pulled this together for the photos since this is about the trousers & how they fit. I don’t actually like tucking tops into trousers – I always wear things untucked on the outside unless trousers have belt loops & are pleated. (Like my Vogue Baggy trousers). And this is my first Pavlova top that is too short unless I wear a cami/ vest underneath. I’m always fussing with it – too much gappage even though I lengthened it from the original pattern.
But I do wear these often. It’s the time of year for trousers like this – t-shirts & cardigans, socks & flat lace ups. Can’t wait to show you my next pair! They are a huge success too (Dare I say *even* better than these??)