Not everything I make is successful or wearable or makes me happy: outfit number 4 of the O Collection falls into this category.
Tops – Hemlock T . Underneath is brown poly jersey and top one is dark green, knitted jersey.
Scarf – see here. Scroll down
Trousers – Vogue 9035. Marcy Tilton design.
Fabric is from Fabworks, but is no longer listed so it must have sold out. It is a fairly stiff wool in a brownish/olive/beige Prince of Wales check – and this, I believe, is the culprit. There’s no drape, I didn’t line them hence every time I sit down I manage to ‘bum’ and ‘knee’ the trousers, so that within 30 mins of putting on they’ve changed shape and not in a good way.
Ironically with many items that don’t make me happy, I actually do some nice sewing along the way which makes it even more frustrating.
Instead of making pleats at the hems I sewed up five pintucks of graduating lengths. The trousers finish just above ankle length.
I added almost perfect welt pockets – they are sewn to perfection.
But they are only almost perfect because they slant the wrong way! I have to practically dislocate my arm just to put my hands in. Duh!
Anyway – here’s the head to toe: dislocated arms and all……
Good pattern matching across the legs though.
I really do like this trouser pattern and I like the fabric, just not together. I like the overall shape which is fitted with a yoke around the upper hips, a neat waistband and fly front opening and then those ovoid shaped legs. The fabric would be much better used as a tailored jacket with a tonne of interfacing or as an unfitted cape/poncho.
And here’s the principal issue – the baggy bum…..
On the other hand, maybe it’s my bum that’s the problem and not the trousers!
The trousers will be harvested for the notions and fabric will be stuffed in the obligatory plastic bag until such times that I get round to rethinking a use for it, if ever.
I took great pleasure in making the trousers though; the hemline tucks, the welt pockets, the flat fly front, finished seams and so on, but I won’t wear them. So it got me thinking
- Do you sew because you enjoy finding pattern and fabric that are ideal together?
- Do you sew because you simply like the sewing process – the challenge and finish?
- Do you sew because you want unique clothes?
- Do you sew because……….?
- What’s your favourite part of sewing?