Sunday, January 31, 2010

Burda 1/2006-108

Woohoo! I made it! Today is the last day of the month and I finished the wearable muslin I intended to.
No seam was serged to make it quicker.
I used half of a duvet cover to make the pants.

It is obvious I should have made the flat bottom alteration. Now I know I need to do that right away. Should I add the back pockets?
I like the pattern and think I'm going to wear these pants a lot when it gets warmer.

I am so glad I took this challenge! I learned things and achieved a certain degreee of perfection in pants making (to be improved some more). The major breakthrough was realizing what form flatters my shape, and also how to resolve the wrinkles in the back.
Thank you for the oportunity to be here and your suggestions and support!



Sunday, January 24, 2010

S2860: Version 1

I finished the first pair of Simplicity 2860. My thoughts? Meh. I cut and sewed a straight 16 curvy. The legs were way too full and I had a lot of bunching at the front crotch. In the end, I ended up removing the fullness by taking larger seam allowances on both the in and out seams. Here is the result:

I think they're wearable, but I still need to do more work. The fabric is a nicely weighted wool blend. I think the weight of the fabric helps to hide the flaws in fitting.

Currently, I am working on another pair of pants from this pattern. This time, I am using a stretch suiting and will not use such large seam allowances.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jeans muslin Burda 12/98-121

Finally a new muslin! I liked the picture but the muslin looks very different on me. Ugh, that's exactly the thing I should avoid - narrow legs. I get accented saddlebags in these. There is a lot to do to fix the pattern.

The pants were too short so I added e few centimeters. I should have done it proportionally across the whole leg. The result is the wrong placement of the knee. That should be changed, and olso the lower leg width. Maybe I should start adding width a bit above the knee to get a nicer line?

The back should be taken in a lot. Then, I don't know if to lower the front or add 1,5 cm to the back to even them before I add the waistband. What do you think? Also, the back pockets should be placed lower.

And, of course, there is also the need for a flat bottom alteration.
So, I don't know if I'm going to make it by the end of the month. Will try, though.
I also cut another lounge pants muslin and think I'm going to sew that first.
Until then I wish you happy sewing!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

MOP #2

Here is my second pant for the sew-along, I used the same Kwiksew pattern but with little modification. I added 5/8" to the sides,  used a stretchy fabric and viola...  got the right fit. I really love theseversion better than the first one, very comfortable and fits perfectly ....Here are some pixs..Please check out  my blog for more pictures....

With simplicity 4079 vest

Wish you all a lovely weekend

Sunday, January 10, 2010

S2860 Update

I tried Betzina's method on the fly front zipper yesterday and whoa! Whoever approved the method written by Simplicity must be on something because what they suggest is just crazy. I peeked at some RTW fly fronts and nothing looks this complicated. To add insult to injury, there are 10 steps to completing the fly-front using Simplicity's instructions. 10 full steps of nothing but crazy. Um, no.

I started sewing 2860 yesterday. My friends Therisa and Melody helped me with the fit. So far, everything looks okay except an area in the front. All my pants pooch out below the zipper, giving me a...package. Not cute. Therisa and Melody both suggested that I raise the center front considerably, so that's what I will try.

Now that work has resumed, I won't get as much sewing done as I'd like. Hopefully I will make some headway near the end of the week. If I can get these to fit, I want to get two more pair finished before the end of the month.


Warm pants

The thing that amazes me the most is how every fabric behaves differently. This is the fifth or sixth time I use this pattern, and with all the alterations and fixing there are always new creases!
What to do, what to do?
Stay tuned, details coming up!



Friday, January 8, 2010

Technically it's a pair of pants

Hello! I hope your holidays were great! Now it's time to get busy again, right?

Ta-da! The first project of the year 2010. Wacky shorts. I used a remnant of cotton I was tired to see inside the closet and the same pants pattern as before. This time I fixed the crotch.

Hehe, you know, there's a lot of snow outside... so I bought some wool to make a warmer pair of perfect pants! After the shorts. It figures. :-)
See you very soon!



Thursday, January 7, 2010

S2860 - Work in Progress

Hello! My plans for sewing up a storm during the week I was off for the holidays were unfortunately not realized. I did get two major things done though.
--First - I made a muslin for Simplicity 2860. It fit pretty well right out of the envelope!

--Second - I spent a priceless day getting fitting help from Sherrill Miller Spending time with someone who really knows what they're doing was eye-opening. I still have so much to learn, but in just a few hours I learned stuff that would have taken me so much longer to figure out. For one thing, Aminat had suggested that I add a wedge to my pants back pattern to accommodate all my extra "good stuff". I couldn't quite visualize how this would affect the fit until Sherrill actually slashed the pants while they were on me and I saw the wedge come to life! A light bulb moment for sure!

I didn't have the foresight to take a photo of the muslin on me before it was slashed, so no pic of that, sorry. We determined that I need about 7/8 in. added to the center back crotch via the wedge, and I will also be adding 1/2 to the top of both the front and back so it sits a little higher.

I have altered my pattern and plan to make a pair of shorts first. I will also be using Sandra Betzina's method for the fly front zipper. I tried using the steps in the pattern instructions and ended up with this on my muslin. Even though I wasn't being too careful because it is a muslin, the results and (confusing to me) steps are not acceptable.

So I created a sample using my fashion fabric and Sandra Betzina's instructions and ended up with this. Much better.I hope to finish these shorts this weekend. Then on to a pair of pants and hopefully some trouser jeans after that.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How is Everyone?

Merry New Year, everyone. I hope you all had wonderful holidays.

How is everyone coming along with their pants? I managed to finish S2700 and have cut out another pair. I got stalled on the zipper because the instructions are unnecessarily tedious. I also cut out S2860 (another amazing fit pattern) and made some adjustments (similar to S2700). I didn't make a muslin, so hopefully things will work out well.

Share your updates.