December 8, 2012 by Janna Roznos
I started these trousers from Burda Style 12-2012-125
And, this has become a work-in progress a WIP! Although, I think I should call it a work with no progress– a WWNP!
I started this project with lots of enthusiasm and the excitement of having a new pair of perfectly fit trousers to wear.
I had to modify the pattern a bit to achieve a good fit:
I added a bit more room in the back (specifically my bum). I don’t want the extra room on the side seam only on the center back, so I slash and spread the pattern at the center back only. The side seam remains the same length although, I do have to true up the side seams a bit after this modification. Essentially, I have added ‘two’ darts in the pant back, however these darts are not sewn in the final garment. By adding these darts, I get the extra room I need it where I need it.
Another modification I make is at the waistline My waistline is not horizontal to the floor. A result of too many years of sweets (primarily chocolate) and genetics: a sway back that could twist the strongest elastic!
I like the front waistline of my pants right about my belly button; however, the pants would be much too low in the back if I kept the waist even with the front, so I must add to the back waist to maintain a good coverage (and comfort) .
And so this project sits, idle on my sewing table.
Why? Because at this point the ‘true’ sewing begins and there are a lot of starts and stops in sewing a pair of trousers. Particularly, the fly zip front. Off the top of my head I can’t remember how to sew one of these – so I need to go look it up and see the example that I have in my sewing technique/instruction notebook.
I have complied examples of different sewing techniques, which I use a lot, into this notebook. (Here I have a picture of a collar/collar band method that I have taught for the local chapter of the American Sewing Guild. I have been meaning to post this technique here on my blog, but I haven’t as of yet. Maybe, one day.)
I have no excuse for my delay. I have all the instruction at my fingertips, but still my trousers sit.
Who knows when I’ll get these done? I get no encouragement by my dog either.
If I followed his example, I’d still be in bed!