I made trousers for the first time.
BOWS FOR APPLAUSE
They *look* Ok.
BOWS FOR MORE APPLAUSE
Were they easy? Were they heck.
I used one of the Amazing Fit patterns after reading a bunch of sewing reviews about how good this pattern is. Clearly these people are far smarter than me because I thought this pattern was a nightmare.
First off – sizing.
You measure your hips and your waist and it can tell you if you’re an average fit or curvy fit. I was average apparently.
Then you choose your pattern size according to your measurements.
Horrifyingly it said I was an 18 *faints*. But the rule of sewing patterns is I shouldn’t look at the size – just the fit.
I was worried though – the pieces looked huuuuuuuge. So before I did anything I tacked the pieces together just to see what they looked like and it turns out I was making gigantic clown pants not close fitting slim fit trousers. Gaaaa.
Anyway – again I decided to suspend reality and just follow the pattern and see where it took me.
The fly was a bit of a fiddle but looks quite good I think. I liked the pockets though they’re probably overly big for my needs. I ditched the fake pockets on the back – I tried a few ways of putting them on but they all looked fake and rubbish.
Finally it came to the fitting. I had hoped once I’d done all the fiddly bits the trousers might be more of a reasonable size but they weren’t – they were still huge. Even more annoying the waistband pieces were about 2 inches too short so I had to bodge some new ones with scraps.
All in all I took 5 inches off the waist – 5 freaking inches!
Like I say – amazing fit my arse!
After these photos were taken I reduce the waist band size in half to make them less Simon Cowel’esk. I also adjusted the crotch a bit since it was a bit baggy.
I will try again though with this pattern but will start with a much smaller size. I might also ditch the front pockets or at least make them smaller and less bulky. I think I’ll also make the trousers a touch longer. I don’t have long legs but even for me they’re just an inch too short.
So overall my summary is: They’re not terrible. Damming praise? Probably.