Alert the Navy - I did some sewing!
|I see no ships|
This pattern has been simmering in the stash for far too long.
I was planning to make full-length trousers. But when you have legs as wide as these, not even 60 inch fabric allows a pair to be cut side by side.
And that is an illusion I hope to cultivate in the workplace!
But the truth becomes apparent when I dance...
There's not much call for dancing In Committee Room 2 ;)
Pattern: McCall's 3657 from 1973 in size 26 1/2 waist, 36 hip - perfect! Why can't more patterns be the right size without any effort from me?
I made View A, shortened to the point at which you can "lengthen or shorten here".
Fabric: 2 metres of a herringbone weave cotton from Croft Mill at least 2 years ago. It could be longer. It would have taken 2.3 metres of this width of fabric to make them full length, or a whopping 3.8 metres of 90 cm wide material - wowzer! That's over 4 yards folks!
Other: A 9 inch invisible zip (in the side seam) and grosgrain ribbon to face the waist. Thread. I also used satin bias binding for the hems as this fabric frays quite easily and I really want these to last forever!
Am I allowed to gush?!
I absolutely love them :)
I have not had any work-appropriate trousers since my Eva dress 1940's wide-legged ones disintegrated and my Betsey Johnson-pattern ones faded beyond acceptability.
Cropped trousers have been in my peripheral vision since probably October, when I first saw them appearing in the Sunday supplements. And of course now the 1970's are everywhere.
These are the real thing!
And they fit me perfectly without any fiddling around. I will definitely try a narrower pair from the same pattern, full length next time.
I haven't written about the sewing process because it was absolutely straightforward and easy - boom!
The ribbon-faced waistband is so simple and neat, I don't know why it isn't used more often.
I reckon I'm back in the sewing groove!