Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pants, Pants & More Pants

...and, OK, another vest.  We'll get this out of the way first thing:
McCalls 7290

I'm not sure about this one.  The fabric is an oh-so-soft rayon/spandex knit from Joann's.  And oh-so-stretchy.  We'll see how much it gets worn.  Looks a bit like a lab coat.  Hmm.  But it's so soft!
McCalls 7290

On to pants.  

I am determined to get a decent pair of wovens with a contour waistband this year.  I no longer want to spend big money on pants that really don't fit so hot.  I just spent untold time on McCalls 6361, a Palmer Pletsch offering.  I even have their Craftsy class.  I've had great success with other PP tissue fitting projects, but I guess I'm a bit dense because tissue fitting pants was nuts.   I'm going to skip the trauma and just state that the whole mess, including the muslin, ended up in the bin.  

I've actually had reasonable success with pants in the past few years.  I've made Burda 5/2013 117A  up twice in linen and that I love and have worn tons in the last 2 summers.  

So, today I cut another pair in lovely light gray baby corduroy that is super soft to touch and drape.  From a clearance at Hobby Lobby.







I also cut my 4th pair of Style Arc Barb Pants.  This is a winner pattern that, like the Burda, has required minimal flat butt adjustments.  I wear the past makes all the time.  That said, I'm still trying to get just the right fabric.  Stretch woven is good.  Anything with 2-way stretch does just that:  stretches both ways.  A lot.  I did read about high end RTW using clear elastic in the crotch seam.  Note to self.  I wonder how twill tape would work?  Anyway, I just picked up some navy Ponte Roma from Joannes to see how a one-way stretch will do.  I'm thinking this is the best of both worlds.  I really want to add navy to my wardrobe.  It will be a nice addition to all my black and gray as neutrals.  Keep me from looking like crow.  This ponte has a beautiful hand unlike Joanne's usual fare.  We shall see.

On to Sandra Betzina's method.  I have her Craftsy class and I have the pattern that goes with it:  Vogue 2984, a Today's Fit pattern.  I've had Sandra's books, "More Fabric Savvy," "Power Sewing" and "Fast Fit" for a long time and use them constantly.  So, I don't know what's taken me so long to focus on her method.
Pants patterns...Pants patterns traced...Pants cut...
Stay Tuned!  Thanks for coming.

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