...Well, of course, this doesn't mean that the pants, and, most of all, the pattern I used to make them, are rubbish. Definitely not. Quite the contrary. Au contraire.
I only mean this : I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My first pair of pants!
Here's the proof :
And here are the details :
Pattern : Pants from Wearing History Smooth Sailing 1930s Sport Togs - size pack B
Fabric : dark green 100% wool gabardine.
Notions : thread, 7 inch zipper, one button.
Any difficulties? No construction difficulties whatsoever, but of course I had to fiddle a bit to get the fit right, and for this I say a huge thank you to Lauren, the boss at Wearing History Patterns. My fabric was also a bit hard to press, but I used Tasha's recipe and it made the whole pressing business much easier. Also, I couldn't figure out how to insert the waisband in my 2 muslins - the waistband seemed shorter than my waist meaurement - but that was because I was doing it all wrong (RTFM!!!). I chose to cut the waistband one size bigger for my final version (32 in., a little bit big when you know my actual waist measurement is 28.5 in.)...as I was tired, I put the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric (or should I say, on the right side, when it was actually supposed to be on the wrong side), sewed the underlap somewhat upside down...but after some cursing and wild seam ripper action, I finally got there, and I'm quite happy I did! My waistband is actually a bit too large and saggy, but oh well...live and learn!
Wear again? I've already worn these pants 3 days in a row, and I will wear them again for sure. I was in need for some cake in my wardrobe, and this is just what they are : vintage-looking, office-friendly, comfy, easy to dress up or down...they tick every box!
Now I just have to find the best and cheapest way to care for it. Although there is enough room in these pants for me to breathe comfortably, and although I think it would still be OK even if they shrank a little bit, they shouldn't shrink too much either...I still want to be able to wear them!So I'm afraid I'll have to take a trip to the dry cleaners everytime I want to wash them. Well...I'll try not to put too much dirt on them!
Make again? Actually, I'm quite eager to be in March, which is when my fabric store is re-stocked with linen. I'd love to make a few more of these pants, probably in mustard yellow, peacock blue and terracotta orange/red.