Wednesday, April 06, 2011
yay for pants!
it is very difficult to get decent pictures of dark denim. so just pretend that there are details.
i made a second pair of Simplicity 2700 amazing fit pants. the only major pattern alteration from last time was that i tapered the leg between knee and cuff to make it more bootcut. i took out 1.5in but visually it didn't make much difference. I'll probably shape it a teensy bit more the next go-round.
i kept the tab closure this time and i hate it. now i remember why i cut it off last time. i did my first ever faux welt pockets on the back. i used the method in Pants for Real People and it was surprisingly quite easy. i didn't do functional welt pockets because i never use back pockets and i figured that the extra bulk was unnecessary. i tried to take pictures but it really doesn't show up. next time i'll have to make a lighter pair of pants.
i wanted these pants to be as dressy as possible so i didn't topstitch anything and i used a dark thread rather than a contrasting jeans thread. i bought the denim from a local fabric store. it's fairly heavyweight and has a tiny bit of stretch. i used only one and a third yards for the pants. i bought 4 yards, so i have enough to make more pairs. i think i'll want a pair of more traditional jeans, and maybe a pair of capris for summer, but i'm not quite sure how i feel about denim capris yet.
i did do one really dumb thing. i was to the point of putting on the waistband facing when i realized that i had never stitched the pockets together. whoops. fortunately i was able to carefully stitch them together, but it doesn't look very pretty on the inside. i used the blue polka dot fabric from my ruffle blouse for the pockets.
i have one more pair of these to make in black wool/tencel. i'm going to do a lining for the next pair. it's actually not all that hard of a pattern and it doesn't even take very long (it took me 2 days to finish this pair) but mentally it just seems like such a big project and it exhausts me to think about it. so i might wait a bit before tackling the pattern again.