January 3, 2013

Season Opener

Here is my first project of 2013. Pants. Told ya! To boot, I made these pants to go specifically with this top. Kind of a random choice because its not like this top is a NWG or anything. But I love this color combo (marroon and coral) and ever since purchasing this wool from Wool House at the American Sewing Expo last September (I totally understand if. you're. jealous!), I've been scheming as to what the wool would eventually be. When a lady I work with gave me this little maroon wool sweater, it cinched the deal. Coral wool pants. You can call me crazy, but seriously what beats these babies?

I'm pretty ashamed that I haven't sewn more pants. Seriously, pants are truly something that I love wearing and am always thinking that I need to make and yet, I never do. So I feel that I've started this year off on the right foot with my first pair of pants in a quite some time (like since my pj pants from last year, ha). What's that? You want details? Of course you do! This is BurdaStyle 7447 which is an envelope pattern. And don't get me started on how I'm completely confused as to the fact that there are BurdaStyle downloadable patterns without seam allowances and BurdaStyle magazine patterns without seam allowances and yet the envelope patterns have seam allowances but seem to be owned by Simplicity....? Whatevs. This pattern is impeccably drafted and I think would work for a variety of different shapes.

They are a basic trouser and I made very few alterations to them. I added a little length to the crotch depth and took them in a smidge from the waist to the knee, but otherwise, these didn't require very much tweaking. I'm seriously impressed with the fit myself as usually I have a pretty hard time with Butterick/McCalls/Vogue/Simplicity pants patterns. The back looks fabulous as does the front and side and I'm terribly terribly happy with this pattern. There's a couple more tweaks I plan to make to the pattern for the next time around, which is going to be quite soon as I already have the next pair cut and ready to sew but otherwise, I'm a pretty happy camper.

These pants are fully lined, which is harder than you might think with a fly front. Going to work on perfecting that for my next go around and I made the mistake of not putting in a better pocket lining fabric (like pocketing) for the pocket lining and engineering a better pocket in general. So the pocket lining inevitably peeks out a bit and since I used a lighter colored lining than the fabric, well, its doesn't look as professional as it could. No matter. They will still get worn and worn to death!

I used Stitches&Seams absolutely AWESOME fly zipper insertion tutorial. Seriously friends, you can't improve on this rather foolproof way of putting in a fly zip. The tutorial is very clear and concise and hands down one of the easiest zipper insertions in a fly, I've ever done. I mean, doesn't my fly look pretty professional? Very flat and doesn't pull or distort weird in any place.

I chopped the length off because I wanted a more cropped style pant and I omitted the carriers this time around, but will probably opt for them next time. The welt pockets in the back need to come down about an inch but otherwise, I've got myself a pretty good trouser pattern. Its definitely going to be a year of pants people! I've decided that I'm moving onto the Sewaholic's Thurlow pattern next and after that, I'm going to revisit my Clover pattern. Are y'all ready for a pants journey with me?

And for what's its worth, cause it might be worth alot, this is what the pants look like after I wore them for a day too. The lining really helps the pants to resist wrinkling (and wrinkling isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you know). They are incredibly comfortable too, which is exactly why I have to have another pair, poste haste.
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