|Mom's china pattern -- Source|
Well, now I have another category I'm waiting to use: patterns. I keep saying, "I'll wait until I get back to my pre-pregnancy size before I make that." But I'm tired of all my knit dresses, and even when I try to dress up a bit, I'm still feeling a bit fluffy. So I decided, whatever. I'm using the good china now.
One of these patterns I really wanted to make was the Thurlow trousers by the darling Sewaholic. I was craving something that would stretch my skills a bit, something with some tailoring and some precision. This pattern was exactly what I needed! I had so much fun picking the pocket lining, turning welt pockets, figuring out all the mechanics of a zip fly, that I realized it wouldn't even matter if these shorts didn't fit. I just wanted to make something nice.
I read and reread Lauren of Lladybird's Thurlow sew-a-long posts from last fall, and I couldn't have done it without her! While Sewaholic's directions weren't unclear, they did cram a lot of detail into each step and picture. Seeing full size pictures of the step-by-step double welt pocket gave me confidence to just do it. Even with the zip fly tutorial, I didn't really know how to do it until I just did it. I'm not even 100% sure what I did, but it works, and it looks good, too!
Since I was breaking out the fine china for the pattern, I decided to not go crazy with the fabric. I used some very humdrum cotton broadcloth in my stash and some quilting cotton my mom gave me. If it got ruined, no big deal. I also traced the pattern, so I wasn't risking messing that up either. The only thing to lose was my time! And even that wouldn't be a loss, since I'd be gaining some methods and fitting skills.
So do they fit? I think so! On my next pair, I might add half an inch to the front inseam to give just a bit more room in the crotch. Is that the right adjustment to make? Also, after wearing these for a few hours, they stretch out, but not so much that I can't wear them. Would using fabric with stretch solve that? Should I use a smaller size?
The biggest mistake I made was in attaching the waistband. The point seemed to be shorter than the fly extension by about half an inch. I actually took a little tuck out of the fly extension to make it match the length of the waistband, then I sewed the waistband on. Well, when I finished that seem, I realized I had been worried about the raw edges matching, not the stitching line matching. That half an inch was supposed to be there because at the 5/8" stitching line, the point actually matched the edge of the fly extension perfectly. I didn't go back and fix it, but now I know for next time.
At any rate, they're very comfy. It's great to have a pair of shorts, and to have a clothing option that isn't too tight and a little dated. I'm really looking forward to my next pair. I'd love to make a pair of denim trousers for fall. I'll be on the lookout for some nice fabric for that.
So here's to not waiting!