So yup, I made pants. They look like sweats. Enough said?
I took the Pants Fitting Techniques class from Craftsy because pants are such a bugger to fit I usually avoid making them. If I shop enough I can find pants that fit just fine without crazy making sewing. Well that’s kind of like saying I’m afraid of pants (and any Brits know I mean trousers I hope) and that’s just dumb.
So I signed up for Sandra Betzina’s Craftsy class when it was on sale and it’s a fine class despite my big pants result. She walks you through various pant alterations for different fitting issues and then you sew up a muslin with the changes you’ve made to your pattern. This particular pattern is Sandra’s Today’s Fit pattern from Vogue (2948) which has princess seams down the leg to facilitate fit. :-0
My pants are too big, not through any fault of the class, but rather the fabric I used to make up the pants. It’s a very drapey gabardene and it’s a rayon or rayon/poly blend. It’s old and I’ve no actual idea where it came from or what’s in it, but I had enough to eke out these trousers to check my pattern. Unfortunately my muslin was a nice tightly woven cotton sheet and that fit just great – mistake identified. When I cut out the pattern in the fashion fabric, clearly there was a bit of spread. I must say though this isn’t a knit and it doesn’t actually stretch, but spread it did apparently so that was a surprise. Muslins lie and swatches lie. Now I know.
Instead of test fitting as I sewed, I just sewed these up to get them done because honestly they’re not my style and I knew I wasn’t going to ever wear them. Well now I’m really not going to wear them because they look like sweats, only they have a back zipper. The back of the pant needs loads taken in the leg area. I did get a good butt fit which is rather ironic and that’s what I spent my time on altering in the class. I was all over that back crotch curve. The back view shows how hammer pant they are below the badonkadonk though. I know my pics aren’t great but black pants are hard to capture. Look for the big arrow if you’re lost. I could take them apart and take them in, but I just don’t like them enough to do that so they’re going in the donate pile. That pile is getting big.
What did work today was chocolate chip cookies. I made the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made and if you know me you’ll know that’s a big statement. I used Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and perhaps I should keep these pants because I’ve eaten so many cookies I’ll fit into them soon.
Kidding, they’re in the donate pile.