October 19, 2009 by Janna Roznos
I have finally finished the Trio pattern. I purchased this and some of the fabric at the ASG Conference in New Mexico.
The fabric for the top is from the Project Sewing Workshop and is linen. Ugh! It was really difficult to work with. Also, it does not launder well – as you can see, it needs a good pressing. The buttons came from my stash. It is a cute top – sort of a lightweight jacket.
Would I make this top again? Not sure yet. I think I need to wear it a bit before I retire the pattern. The T-Shirt pattern is really nice. Fits well, too. It has raglan sleeves, which I usually don’t like because of my rounded back, but this pattern was (or is) well drafted. Had some problems with the neck edge. The pattern had some odd measurements, but I consulted my Easy Sewing Guide to Sewing Tops & T-Shirts, by Marcy Tilton, and I was able to get the neck edge. The fabric is some I purchased from Gorgeous Fabrics some time ago. The pattern is a little too loud for me, but I do like the T-Shirt and I really like the weight of this knit, unfortunately I have no idea what the fabric is.
And finally the pants, they fit really well. I made size medium and the length and the sizing is perfect. So what’s wrong? They are cute, but I don’t think I would make them again. They’re a sort of ‘cargo’ pant style. I took a class on pants from Linda Lee (who wrote/designed this pattern) at the ASG Conference. Her lecture was all about drape of pant fabric. If the fabric has a really good drape then the pants will be slimming (she wrote a Threads Magazine article about this, too). I felt the fabric I used (some from my stash) had nice ‘slimming ‘ drape, however, this style of pant has this big pocket at the bottom and so the pants seem too heavy at the ankles – making me look shorter than I am. I did add some side pockets and I do like the waist band treatment. Would I make the pants again, no.