Friday, January 28, 2011

My not quite summer pants

Well here they are, my first trousers cut from a pattern (Burda 2010/06 105), muslined and stitched. I am calling them my 'not quite summer' pants - simply because they are not the light summer pants I envisaged. The combination of the linen/polyester blend fabric and slimline cut is quite hot when the mercury goes up in ol' Sydney town. 41 degrees predicted for Tuesday (thats 105 on the US scale).
My other little niggles -and believe me they are little ones- are that despite lengthening them from the mid calf length pattern, and lengthening them from the muslin they are a fraction too short; and I accidentially put in the invisible zip on my left side. Now this is not an ascetic problem, but try getting them done up again when you've had a few glasses of wine at your own dinner party!?


On the plus side, I very happy with the fit. I love the way they can be worn with ballet flats or chunky high heeled sandals and that I can wear them into the cooler months.


Some of you may recognise the blouse. It had rather cute sleeves in an earlier life, but those sleeves for some reason threw the whole fit of the shoulders out. I tried to rotate them to no avail, so I binned them and added some of the vintage seam binding I bought on ebay. I have 67 cards of the stuff! It is very light and in my opinion, must nicer to use than the stuff we use today.


What's next? I am nearly finished my leopard print cape jacket. I am doing the jacket a month challenge but in a very uncommitted way. This pattern would be Very Easy Vogue if it didn't have a massive Vogue drafting error - the collar piece is 5 cms longer than it should be. So I need to retify this and complete. Then I am making a self-drafted blouse in white linen. And yes ladies...there will be a muslin and it will be IRONED.


Thanks for all your help. Your tut tutting is turning me from slap dash to a 'precision sewer' as Lindsay T puts it.

26 comments:

  1. What a nice fitting pair of pants. Congrats on a nice job.

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  2. LOVE the pants. I wear that style often. Anyone who can tackle pants, in my book, is a hero. Well done.

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  3. I also bought a mother load of seam binding on ebay but rarely use it -- I am in awe of your skill. The binding almost always turns out wonky when in my hands.

    Your pants look great, and your comment about your post party problem made me laugh. A few glasses of wine always go right through the body pretty quickly!

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  4. I love your pants! It is a versatile style and looks very good with that blouse. Fantastic job!

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  5. Those pants look great. Apparently button on Levis are not a good idea after a few drinks either!

    None of the fabric I used is like Metallicus...no where near as stretchy...but like you, I am keeping my eyes out for something similar.

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  6. These look great. I really, really am going to perfect a pants pattern this year ... really I am.

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  7. A great pants pattern that works for you is a wonderful find! Nice job, they look great! Love the new version of the blouse, too!

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  8. Wonderful looking pants! I'm dying to see what the cape will look like. I was eyeing that pattern, but... A drawing is one thing - a real live version is quite another.

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  9. They are fantastic! They don't look too short - they look just the right length. Commiserations on the weather - it was 41 here in Perth today too - and it ain't pleasant!

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  10. Your pants look wonderful. Love the style and the fit is perfect. I also your the blouse.

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  11. ...comment above should read....I also like your blouse :)

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  12. The trousers look great! I love this style...so versatile. I am looking forward to the days when I don't have to wear boots and socks and can get out the ballet flats again.

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  13. Lovely pants! I just love that style and it looks so great on you!

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  14. I am an admirer of anyone who can tackle pants well! They look great. Must be nice to have a TNT pant pattern!

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  15. These look great on you! And I like the look with a sleeveless blouse.
    Amazing that a pattern made it to print with such a major error!

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  16. These pants are fantastic! I'm like you, and can hardly bear to wear pants during summer, unless they are really loose!
    I had a chuckle at the zipping-during-party comment, and can relate to that!
    In reply to our comment; yes that is really a man in a blue bunny suit on the slopes! I saw about a dozen other people in various animal and other costumes during the week; sadly that was the only picture I managed to get!

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  17. The pants look great. I'm sure you'll master the zip while under the influence in no time - practise makes perfect. I like the new and improved top too. VEry flattering.

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  18. The pants look really good! And very well-fitting, which I'm always impressed with for pants especially.

    I'm also rather jealous of your heatwave, even though it is a bit excessive-- I'll take that over winter any day!

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  19. Great pants - they look to fit really well and don't honestly look too short! I'm sure they will be very useful when the weather is cooler.

    Wasn't today hideous... I am resorting to hosing down the kids and I of an afternoon, but we dry out again so quickly.

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  20. The pants look very nice. Now you can replicate your changes in the future to achieve the fit you like. The blouse looks very nice sleeveless.

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  21. Well done, they look very good. Good together with the blouse.

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  23. I love the way it ended pants, hems pants and height seem fantastic, perfect for all types of shoes, really brilliant.
    But the capelet ... Oh, the capelet .... I love, love, love it!

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  24. Talk about fit Gail !!! The lenght in my opinion is perfect. Those are great... hummm I have to dig into my magazines and take a closer look at that pattern. Lovely look !

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