So the Craftsy/McCalls trousers were a dud. The problem was the fabric, it bagged out terribly the minute I put it on. And it was super hot. Not what I need in the overheated work environments I am in. Therefore I needed another pair of trousers. I always need more trousers.
Vogue 2948 came out of the pattern stash. I bought it a few years ago from Craftsy. It was included in the “Pants Fitting Technique” by Sandra Betzina. I like the yoked waistband. They seem to suit me (and my tummy) better. I settled on View A with the side zip but left out the tiny pockets.
After my hassles with the McCalls pattern I measured REALLY carefully. Both me and the pattern. I decided to use a straight size 16. My reasoning was that this was a pattern for non-stretch wovens and I’m using bengaline. Plus, I’m currently in between a 16 and an 18.
I forgot about the Craftsy course until after I’d cut into the fabric…
The navy bengaline came from Seamstress Fabrics. Yeah I know – more bengaline. It is cheap enough for me to consider this a wearable toile. And nice enough for me to wear them to work. Or a wedding.
After I cut the fabric I remembered the course and cued up the section on fitting. And promptly forgot to watch it. I very carefully sewed up two left legs.
Blast and double blast.
I had enough fabric to cut another leg, but decided to unpick instead. So that’s four seams of straight stitching and two of zig zagged topstitching. Inevitably Fifi puss found the threads.
A bit of ironing and some more super careful sewing and I had a proper right leg and a left leg. I left the outer side seams open and zoomed up the crotch. Next came the yokes. Instead of interfacing I used two layers of swimwear lining. I like a bit of stretch and recovery around my middle.
In addition I trimmed 1 cm off the side seams of the yoke and eased the yoke onto the trouser front and back. I put in an invisible zip into the left side seam, stitched up the right side and tried them on. Excellent fit. Very comfortable for sitting, breathing and singing.
Next came a certain label from ‘Kylie and the machine’ which says “Sewing is sexy”. After the yoke lining went in there was more zig zag top stitching and hemming.
I like them a lot.
Fabric – Navy bengaline 2 m @ $18 per metre $36.00
Swimwear lining – Can’t remember, this is a guess $3.oo
Pattern – McCalls 6901 + Craftsy course $25.00
Totals = approximately $61.00
Annoyance factor – Low, aside from the self-inflicted unpicking.
Do it again? Yes. Next time with the tiny pockets.