1. Maria Robles friended me on Flickr and I clicked over to her blog and saw a beautiful collection I think she made, in action, on the runway. She doesn't blog in Spanish and English, so if you click to the comments section you can see my messy attempt at letting her know what a great job she did in my rusty, broken Spanish. I also realized I have no way of doing the upside-down question marks and all that on my ingles keyboard. Non-global alert!
2. Allison at Adventures in Trashion says she was inspired by the tutorial and refashioned herself a beautiful new shirtdress! I love her design and now I will need to make one of my own. :)
And now, on with the pants. I thought that Mary Nanna's post, modeling her pants lining/ muslin, was endearing. Now that I have taken photos of my butt and lower body, up close and personal, in dark denim, I respect her for her sheer courage (hahahaha!!!! LOL Sheer! Ahhh, there is danger in being the person who laughs loudest at her own jokes). I appreciate her sacrifice and now I will make one of my own and show you these photos.
I use humor to procrastinate sometimes.
Helpful editorial note: I found myself in analysis paralysis with this first muslin for the sew-along. I kept thinking that if I messed up the fly front, which would be a new skill, I might not get an accurate fit. Which is why several of you suggested making a sloper first. Oh, now I get it! ;) Took me a few weeks but I'm there.
I pulled out the previous two patterns I tried but didn't work. The first one was the Betsy Ross fancy pants pattern, which has pants front and back, front and back facings, and a side zip. In theory, with a handful of pattern pieces, this is more of a "sloper" pattern than Simplicity 2700, even though the shape is meant to be bootleg. I knew where these unsuccessful, unfinished pants were in my closet, so I threw them on and took pictures. Here they are:
FYI, the hems are pinned for these photos.
The pants front. Those diagonal lines are wrinkles, not pulls, I promise. There are small front darts, which I hate. These pants go pretty much to the natural waist, above my belly button. Not comfortable. I think I could cut the pattern piece right where the darts begin and make a contoured yoke so I don't have to see or sew those darts again.
I'm not pleased with the hip area. The waviness on the right side of the pants is from the invisible zipper (OK but not great installation) and no hook and eye closure at the top of the waist, so it gaps.
The bootleg looks off to me. Like it doesn't taper right at my knee, and being on the short side, I guess that doesn't surprise me.
The right hand side looks suspect to me. Let's see if we can find more clues in the next few photos.
Here is the left hand side of the pants. Overall, I am happy with this view. If I could find a way to walk sideways, with my left side leading, these pants would be perfect!
I'm afraid those shadows are playing tricks (or maybe illuminating problems?) or it could be my posture. Let's keep rotating to the back.
I am constantly distracted by my lopsided posture from carrying my son all the time until he was 3 or 4 -- bet you have no problems guessing which hip he resided on.
And those twin inverted triangles under my bum. They are like a hidden message for a secret society. I have a hard time keeping secrets so rest assured there is no Universal Pants Conspiracy. Maybe it's so much bigger than me, a Da Vinci Code-scale conspiracy. I'm digressing and procrastinating again. Back to the pants.
I would understand those triangles and the general bunching if the pants were dragging on the floor, but they are pinned so that the pants don't touch the floor, and the weight of the fabric isn't enough to pull those wrinkles out. Why is that?
It's hard to say if I don't like the fit or the style. I feel like I am looking at mom jeans or something. Oh wait, I am a mom and these are denim. Identity crisis forthcoming. I'm digressing again.
Help! Take three. I feel like this, and the front photo, make it seem as though the pants' hips are lower than mine actually are. I know that the pants are supposed to be fuller from the hip down, but it just seems that the contours are not quite right for my body.
Here's another shot from the back, with a slight angle and different lighting. Not sure if you will see something I don't see.
To complete the 360-degree tour of my lower body in these pants, here's the right side of the pants. The invisible zipper is exposed because I sewed these pants 2 1/2 years ago, when I guess I still had some post-baby chub on my rear. I could barely squeeze into these pants then. Now they fit.
Seems like there is an odd diagonal draping of the fabric around my knee. Could just be bad sewing.
Additional notes: when I sit, the pants are uncomfortable but mainly due to the high waist. I do feel like I could use some extra ease in the crotch but it is not uncomfortable or painful to sit.
My idea with getting your feedback on THIS muslin, from the Betsy Ross pattern, is to get the fit just right so I can use it as a sloper for Simplicity 2700.
Told you I'd be a mess about these. Thank you for your patience and friendship. I realize I am cashing in credits for your help with this post and these pants. OK, that's all for now, I look forward to reading your thoughts and suggestions. Love ya, bye.