For an insomnia-curing account of my muslin fitting and flat pattern alterations, check out part 1. It will be of interest to anyone else with chicken legs and no butt who might need tips on making a size 0 even smaller. If you're interested in my brutal admission of setbacks with this project, see part 2. If you want to know how I figured out my fit issues, see my post on pants fitting resources. But for more pretty photos, keep scrolling!
If you've missed my previous posts, then I'll recap the important details. The fabric I used is a lovely coral stretch denim from Hart's Fabrics (no longer available). The lining is a cotton batiste from Mood (also no longer available...I should sew things up faster!). Both fabrics were easy to sew, but I used a jeans needle and I KNOW that made all the difference. For reals. I even took the time to change the needle in my serger to a jeans needle.
The insides are not as pretty as I would like. I used my new serger for a lot of the finishing work, and as you might be able to see in the photos, I didn't rethread the machine. Yep, I used the color-coded thread that came with it (blue, green and yellow). It was more a case of "hey I don't want to buy 4 cones of coral thread" than a case of the Lazies. I used the sewing machine for finishing in places where I wasn't confident in my serger skillz. Read: anywhere that wasn't a straight seam. I'm pretty sure that's how I ended up needing two spools of thread. That overlock stitch eats up lots of thread! At least Jo-Ann's is right down the road from me...
Sewing machine overlock stitch.
Serger 3-thread overlock stitch.
Aside from the changes I made to the fit, I also topstitched in a few places where the instructions didn't call for it. I wanted these to be more jean than trouser (I don't visit a lot of trouser-worthy places!) so I thought the topstitching would be appropriate to help keep them casual.
The waistband sits a tad higher than I would like, but I doubt I'll tuck my shirt in (okay...I'll NEVER tuck my shirt in) so aesthetically it's not a big deal. It's not uncomfortable, either. I know they look preppy and stuffy, but I assure you that they are comfy and wonderful. The center-back extension, plus being able to sew buttons wherever you want, really helps get a great fit.
I opted for a wide hem instead of a cuff, partly because I couldn't figure out how to do a cuff. Again. Sigh. I obviously need more practice with pants. I'm sort of dreading making up a pair of long pants and tearing my hair out over an even hem. Actually, I think one of my legs is longer than the other. Better store that excuse away for later. Ha!
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