Friday, December 30, 2011

OMG I'm Trying Pants (Again)

I know I've been really quiet as of late, both on my blog and on others. Between work being insane and the holidays, I haven't really been up to much on the sewing side of life.

But I'm dedicating tonight to sewing, and I can't tell you how excited I am about this! So of course I had to share.

I'm working on...wait for it...a pair of pants! My first pair since this disaster. No, it's not the trouser pattern I've been sitting on forever to make (mostly because it's the wrong size and also sort of complicated), but a simpler straight-legged version from New Look 6082.

I know I know, you're all saying "But Heather, last time you learned that the crotch-curve sucks on New Look patterns, especially if you have a huge butt", but whatever, I'm trying it out anyways. It's Stacie's fault for making her lovely clovers, and since I am obviously jealous of her straight-leg pants and want a pair of my own to fit into my knee-high boots (and don't actually own the clover pattern), I'm trying these.

Don't worry, I'm making (hopefully wearable) muslins, and have my copy of Pants for Real People sitting beside me as I snip and cut.

This is one of the first coordinate pattern sets where I actually love almost everything on it. I adore that cardigan jacket (the short version, the long looks too much like a lab coat to me), and am tickled that it's a woven! Might have to (for once) make multiple garments from this one.

Do any of you actually make multiple different garments from a coordinate pattern set?

And in lieu of anything productive to share besides some rambling, here's my slowly growing cross-stitch project. (Some photo editing since I suck at taking pictures, and then suck at editing. But the colours look more true this way, even if it is blinding.)


  1. Good luck! I've been struggling with pants for weeks and I decided to give myself a break. Crotch curves are not my friend either!
    As for sewing co-ordinating patterns, hell yes! I think that New look are good for that very reason!
    New Look 6922 is one of my TnT's I have made the top 3 or 4 times, attempted the cardigan and used the pants for massively oversized pj pants!
    I hope your fitting goes well! x

  2. I hope they work out for you. I love your last pants review. That is hilarious. We're just an apple and a pear trying to make it in this crazy sewing world! BTW, I just found the cut of knit in my car addressed to you. I thought I had mailed it and instead threw it in the backseat instead. You will get it I promise! I'll be watching for your pants with fingers crossed!

  3. @Stevie: Ooo, I have that pattern. I tried making the cardigan, but used a too light weight of knit and it was a disaster. I threw the whole thing out. You've made me remember how much I liked the pattern initially, so maybe I'll have to revisit it (with the right fabric).

    @Stacie: LOL! I was wondering what happened to it this time! I thought maybe it'd decided to go to Australia instead of Canada. :D

  4. You crack me up sooooo much.

    Want me to make you a pants block for a useful alteration guide? I'm pretty decent at making them and I need a few guinea pigs because I want to offer it as an online (rather than strictly offline) service. :) Squeak squeak?

  5. @Steph: Oh man, I'd really appreciate that. I'm starting to get a glimmer of understanding how this all works, but I'm still in the dark about most of it. If you have the time, I'd really appreciate that. :) Let me know what you need from me (so in the dark about blocks too!)

  6. Yes, I'll explain it all. :) I need your waist and hip measurements- the fullest part of the hip. Don't pull the tape tightly. Then e-mail me, I am going to be drafting later this week. stephc at 3hourspast d*t com.

  7. I'm excited to see how your pants turn out, I've not braved that territory yet - good luck


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