I am so excited! I mean really REALLY excited! I finished my first pair of trousers in years and they have actually come out wearable! I know I should stop the exclamation marks already, but trouser sewing has been my nemesis for so long, so I do feel a bit like having slain the dragon 😉
So here are my trousers on their first outing to the lovely opera house in Nuremberg.
Sewbussylizzy pointed me towards a fantastic way of putting in the zip and after watching these I installed the zip in the 10 minutes just before dinner. This is not a euphemism: it took me 10 minutes flat to put in the zip with no drama, no puckers, no confusion. Amazing! Buoyed by that success finishing the garment only took a couple more hours. They are really simple front pocket trousers.
I think they are meant to be ankle length, but I keep forgetting that I am around 8cm taller than the height Burda specify for their normal patterns, so on me they come up a bit short. Because the coral is a summer colour anyway I don’t mind, but in a more subdued colour I think I would make them a bit longer.
I cut one size larger than usual in order to have more material to play with regarding fit issues. It turned out that that was not actually necessary and I simple took in the side seams by about 1,5 – 2 cm, so basically that made it my normal size again.
One thing I did change is the waistband. I made it much higher than specified, mine ist around 6 cm. That gave me the option to curve it inwards on the waistband on both sides, thus imitating the shape of the waist on the waistband. Am I making myself clear at all? Basically the waistband tapers towards the top, both on the side and on the back seams. This makes the trousers actually stay up without a belt, because they kind of grip at the top of my hips. That may sound a bit strange, but I love it not having to wear a belt.
The top is just a little self-drafted number from some offcut I found in my stash. I have actually worn it a lot, although the neckline gapes a little. Here on the pictures I am trying to compensate with posture… In no way do I have to hold on to the bar in order not too fall over!
The slightly mad look on my face can only be explained by the lack of a barkeeper, don’t you think? And how about those shoes? Aren’t they great? I think I am all in love with them 🙂 .
So what do you think: Is there a future for me and trouser sewing?