I have wanted to make these trousers for a while, I made a wearable toile (or test garment) and I am so glad I did!
Problems are just puzzles to be solved in my opinion and I enjoy the creative thinking required to sort them out.
This is the Pietra Trousers by Closet Case Patterns . I have made the Ginger Jeans many times and love them so much that I made five pairs!
The pattern has comprehensive and easy to understand instructions and the size charts are accurate on all their patterns
The front went together very nicely and easily. A very nice design touch are the pockets which are set into the sides and have a very flattering slant.
The fabric I am using is a piece from my stash and it is a cotton twill. As I said, this is a test garment and I may make the next pair in a heavy chambray or a linen which would be perfect.
Linen fabric is available on this link , which is what I am using for my next pair Linen fabric
What I didn't realise when I bought the pattern is that the back is elasticated. I knew that I wasn't going to like it but I wanted to see exactly what it looked like on me before adjusting the pattern.
I stitched the centre back seam and put the waistband on, just tacking it in place to enable me to insert a piece of elastic.
Using safety pins I pinned the side seams and tried them on.
I do recommend you using safety pins when trying garments on, they are much safer as I found out the hard way
I tried them on and they were HUGE and the elasticated waist did nothing for me whatsoever. I did suspect this would happen so I was prepared with a back up plan
I re-cut the back completely , removing a lot of the width all the way down the sides. I added two darts and inserted an invisible zip.
I pinned them together again and sucess!!
I nearly always take trousers in at the sides by the way.
The finished trousers now fit snugly and on me at least are more flattering than an elasticated back. You may prefer them, many people do.
Sadly when fabric becomes trapped in an overlocker, the fabric comes into contact with the cutter and it makes a hole.
Luckily the hole is just above the knee and is perfectly placed for a cargo pants style pocket.
But first I needed to reinforce the hole by stitching fabric over it on the right side.
I then made a simple pocket with the top slanting just the same as the main pocket above it.
So, a fit which didn't do anything for me, and a hole in my fabric could have been a total disaster. I was able to think calmly and sort out solutions to both.
I am now really happy with my trousers and as I have already altered the pattern to my liking I am ready to make another pair, this time in some vintage linen which I acquired.
To make the tops I bought a long piece of muslin or Cheesecloth. I cut it into three sections leaving one white.
I dyed one piece with coffee and another with saffron to give me subtle colours.
Muslin is inexpensive and starts at £2:99 per Metre, do look at these Muslin fabric
I didn't use a specific pattern , any t-shirt pattern is suitable because you are cutting on the bias to give the garment the necessary stretch.
On this one I used the saffron dyed fabric underneath the coffee coloured fabric and made the hems uneven so that flashes of the saffron would be seen
I also cut the front lower than the other one and made it looser.
It is important to remember that bias fabric, especially this very lightweight one stretches a lot. So it is necessary to stay stitch the neckline in particular to keep it in shape when sewing.
To make a neat neckline join the shoulder seams on both laters. I used french seams throughout. Then place the fabric right sides together and stitch the necklines together. Turn right sides out and press. Understitch on the inside to hold the facing in place.
Then stitch each side seam separately, join the layers together at the armcyce and sew the sleeves in . You will therefore have both layers joined at the top edge and the armcyce but free everywhere else.
Hem each layer separately. And that is all there is to it.
I really love this outfit. It is cool, practical and very summery.
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