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Conquering a fear – trousers

elizabeth's_avatarI made a pledge at the beginning of last year not to buy clothes I could make.  This is easy enough for dresses, tops and skirts.  Doable for knickers, although bras are another proposition, and something of a challenge with knit fabrics.

But!  I gritted my teeth, fitted a stretch needle, found a lovely pattern and did it.

Trousers, with a zip fly, on the other hand, were a challenge on another level.  Fortunately we have Sandra, who can do these things with her eyes closed.  (I’d be prepared to put money on it, but she’d be shy)

So, with her patient and intuitive instruction I have a pair of recognisable jeans.
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The only real difficulty came with trying to sew the waistband.

The denim I’d chosen is rather heavy – I liked the colour – and six layers of top-stitching was beyond my Janome.  But Sandra has an impressive Singer that handled it without complaint.  Likewise the buttonhole.

I’ve not worn them yet, it’s too hot, and there’s one more touch I’d like to add.  I’ve got a rivet kit, but I need to dig out my leather punch as my awl isn’t up to penetrating the four layers at the corner of each pocket where a rivet should go.

IMG_1673I have worn these, though.  They’re indigo linen and don’t even crease too badly.

For a hot day at work, they’re chic and cool and go with a lot of my wardrobe.

The linen was also sufficiently light that I had no trouble with the waistband or buttonhole.

The pattern I’m working off is a much-adapted block.  It’s flattering to my body shape with wide legs and a yoke back.

It translated very well to these:

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Doesn’t everyone need ridiculous trousers?

The fabric is drill from LargeCraftandFabric chain store which I couldn’t resist.  Sadly, not much seems to go with them, but they do make me smile!

Irene’s knit culottes: Attempt #1

I have never sewn clothes before – a year ago I started a dress and it is still on the unfinished pile.  I am more into cushions, handbags, wallets,… anything where size doesn’t matter. However, in our trip to Potter´s I got an awesome piece of light blue cotton and I thought it would be great for a pair of trousers.

Long time ago I saw this free pattern in the burdatyle website. It says it is for novice! Perfect!

Pattern sizing: The pattern has indications for size 36 to 42 (and explains how to make it bigger). I cut a 40 but I realised (once cut, damm it!) that my printer has shrank the pattern by putting white margins on the pattern (rockie mistake!)


Were the instructions easy to follow?
Easy! I encounter one problem but it was my own fault. Because the cotton was very see-through I decided to put two layers of fabric. The problem was that then I didn´t know what was right and what was the wrong side and I sewed two left legs! So, unsew one leg, sew it again and I was back on track.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the width on the legs. I found it very flattering for people with big tights (like me). I didn´t like the length (so I changed that)

Fabric use: Cotton from Potter´s  and a old grey T-shirt for the waist.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made them longer than the pattern suggested.  The pattern is meant to be just above the knee, but I want it up to half my calf (I think it is more stylish!)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely will be sewing it again (will print it properly though!). It may be ´too-simple´ for experience sewers as it is not really a challenge but I like it 🙂

So, the final product is on the left. Due to my stupidity when printing the pattern, it turned out too tight on my hips, but I have learnt my lesson.

I would love to sew it again with two alterations: full length and higher waist.  I have the full length under control, but I am not sure how to make it higher waist, I would love it to look like this trousers from HarveyCloth: