My goal this year is to not buy any clothes for myself and to refresh my wardrobe with items that I like enough wear but also fit well and look good. I’ve just completed the first of my wardrobe basics; a navy pair of pants. You may recall in an earlier post that I decided to try out Butterick B5222 by Connie Crawford; it had been described by several reviews as a great pants pattern that suits all sizes and shapes.
Well I stitched the last stitch to them today and voila!! I’m pretty happy with the outcome for two reasons: firstly this is the first pair of pants I’ve made for about 20 years and secondly, while not perfect, I’m pretty happy with the outcome and know that I’m going to be happy to wear them.
The fabric (a poly-viscose from my Tessuti stash) was a dream to sew and they pressed up very nicely. I’m glad I did the muslin beforehand as I ended up making a few adjustments to the pattern. I like the fit around my hips and bottom and across my tummy; given the roundness of these areas a good fit has always been a challenge for me. I adjusted the back seam more that the pattern required and next time I’ll lower the top of the back; it sits a bit high. I should have adjusted the pattern further to take account of required length as I still needed to cut more off each leg and had to make adjustments so that the hem would sit correctly and this is always tricky. But given that pants with side pockets don’t always sit well on me I’m very happy with these.
My only criticisms are minor. Given that this pattern is specially designed for full-figured women’s proportions like me, I’m a little disappointed that so much information was included in the instructions for armhole, bust and shoulder adjustments – a bit odd for a pants only pattern. The adjustment guide for the crotch fit was good and for the back seam but there was really nothing for a round tummy. I would however use this pattern again.
End result: a nice pair of pants to wear to work that will go with a few of my favourite tops.
$44 for the fabric,
$5 for the pattern (a special)
$3 for the zipper
$3 for the thread
$0 for the button (stash)
Total of $55
BTW excuse the picture, not my best and doesn’t show off the trousers that well! Oh well.
I was inspired the other day by one of my favourite bloggers, Sarai at http://www.coletterie.com/, to go from a wardrobe builder to a wardrobe architect. I’ve been thinking about this for a while.
I tend to collect things mostly because they fit and then find something to go with the item I’ve just bought. And I’m sure that you can relate to all those items in your wardrobe that you rarely wear and really don’t like and wonder why well-earned money has been wasted on them. This is the main reason I returned to sewing last year, so that I could build a wardrobe with beautiful fabrics that fits, suits me and I’m happy to wear.
My navy pants that I’m currently making is the first item of clothing that is part of my wardrobe redesign. So Sarai’s project has come up at the perfect time for me. Have a look at her plan; you too may be interested. I’m keen to see how it goes!
As is customary at this time of year I look back over the last 12 months and am amazed yet again at how quickly 12 months can fly. Yet I wouldn’t have anticipated this time a year ago even half of what occurred during 2013. It does make me wonder what’s ahead in the next 12 months. One thing that I hadn’t planned or even thought about was the creation of this blog; go figure! But this is my catalyst to keep me going on my sewing journey. For so many years I barely touched my machine and now I can’t find enough time to plan, cut and sew.
2013 had some low points but surpassing those we had 2 wonderful high points with the arrival of two new grand daughters. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful family and all near by.
So what’s on the radar for 2014?? Well there’s always some kilos to loose (but that’s another story) and lots of sewing to be done. Now that I have all my Christmas sewing completed, delivered and worn, I’m going to do some for myself over the next few weeks; I have this plan of not buying any pre-made clothing this year; let’s see how that goes!!
The first item that I’m working on is what has been described on some forums as a well-fitted pants pattern regardless of your size or shape – it’s Butterick B5222 by Connie Crawford. I finished with my muslin sample yesterday and am now going to cut into some of my precious Tessuti stash with a beautiful navy poly-viscose that I bought in Melbourne a few months ago. Once that is done I have a beautiful Italian silk that I also bought at the same time to go with the pants. I have been saving a few different pieces for awhile, a bit nervous to cut them because of my rusty skills. So a few muslin samples will be the order of the day I think.
All the best for 2014 and happy sewing!