Monday, August 27, 2007

serger love

this weekend i tried out my serger. and the very first seam that i sewed was the front rise on a pair of pants. i totally screwed up sewing the curve and it came out all kinds of fucked up. fortunately, these are not those pants.
Simplicity 3850 front
this is simplicity 3850, a built by wendy pattern for slim fitting pants. i used some lightweight aqua denim from my stash. i made View A, the full-length pants. here's a shot of the back.
Simplicity 3850 back
i have some fitting challenges, which i will elaborate on in another post. i'll also tell you more about my first pair of fucked up pants.

for these, i made the size 6 based on the finished hip measurements. for now i'll just say that if i went by my actual measurements i should've made the 10, but i've had enough experience with simplicity patterns to automatically cut out 2 sizes smaller. i ended up with a VERY snug fit, but i'm gonna go ahead and blame it on the style of the pants. the waist fits the way that it should--it's the legs that are tight. if i make these again, i will take smaller than 5/8" seam allowances to give me some more leg room.

i had some trouble figuring out the instructions for the fly, but once i could wrap my head around them, i like the construction. it looks very "authentic." the same goes for a lot of the details on this pattern--the back pocket flap, the set-in front pockets, the lower rise. i feel like i could've bought these pants in a store, which is a first for me. most of the pants i've made are inherently dumpy looking.

i also used a really cute contrasting fabric for the waistband facing, back pocket flap lining, and the front pockets. unfortunately i forgot to take a picture.

i decided to take a ride on the skinny pants train before it leaves the station. i am normally much more comfortable in bootcut and wide leg styles, but i'm not unhappy with how these turned out. i want to make another pair of dark denim skinny jeans and a pair of black cigarette pants. i also want to try the shorts. the beauty of this style is that it is one that will continue to come back in fashion.

4 comments:

  1. Cute! They really do look like pants you could buy in a store, except, you know, infinitely cooler.

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  2. Oh wow, those turned out nice. I've heard about those patterns running small, but yikes--two sizes smaller???

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  3. I like them. They look good on you!

    Kay

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  4. Check out the pants! Very nice.

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