Hello, thanks for forgiving the blog break. We went to Paris in March*, and then a few weeks after that decided that we were going to move from New Jersey to San Francisco. Much packing and very little crafting ensued, and I finally became a Californian in July!
I then had this mental block that I couldn't tell you about it until I had a picture of me with the Golden Gate Bridge, because that's what one does when in SF, right? Well, here it is, although the bridge is a little small in this picture, I have to admit.
In sewing news, I made pants! I have three pairs (in different colors) of the same pants from Gap. They fit me just right. I decided to take apart the black pair since I don't wear them very much and they have a bleach stain on the cuff. I ripped them entirely apart with a seam ripper, traced them onto pattern fabric, and then widened the pattern a little to allow for a larger seam allowance.
For making up the pants, I used the instructions from Sewaholic's Thurlow. I had made an (unblogged) pair of Thurlows last fall that didn't fit me very well, partly because I think I picked the wrong size. But I thought the instructions were great, and they helped me put these pants together easily.
I did make some changes from my original pattern. I had to let out the side seams a little to keep it from being too tight across the back, and I also drafted some front pockets to look like Thurlow's front pockets. (The original pair had single-welt pockets in the front and I didn't want to tackle that.) One problem with my front pockets? They were a little small.
Not big enough for a hand to fit inside! Next time I'll change the angle and lower the pocket line. Otherwise, the fit feels great, and I'm so pleased to have a fitting pair of pants that I made myself.
I used some fabric left over from my polka-dot quilt (more on that soon) for the lining. I think it's fun.
I didn't finish off the inside seams as neatly as I usually do because my serger is currently in storage!
These pants were a practice pair. The fabric is basic quilting cotton I got from a local store. I have a couple of fabrics saved for when I had the pattern ironed out, and I will hopefully start on one of those pairs of pants soon.
In the meantime, i'll try to figure out what other super-bright clothes combinations I can make with these cheerful, comfortable pants!