Now, I do have another project to show you, but before I do that I need to point out that my sewing progress this past little while, has been boosted quite significantly by an increase in childcare days (yay!) to accommodate a new university semester. My bonnet production has also slowed a little these past two weeks, freeing up more time, as I believe most of my shops are well stocked and peak bonnet season in Australia is almost over. I get a lot of comments and emails from readers talking about the amount of sewing I knock over with three kids, work, uni, business, etc. etc. So I thought I should mention that there is a reason why I'm sewing so much at the moment and that it will probably will slow a little in a couple of weeks, when uni starts again.
So back to the project. This is the second time that I've sewn Simplicity 3850, which is a Built By Wendy pattern for slim fit pants, capris and shorts. Here's my latest attempt (look at that little monkey in the photo- what's with that serious face??)
first pants fit well enough, but there was a little butt bunching that I didn't know how to fix. It wasn't too bad, but it took me so long to hem them, that I lost a little weight, they quickly became too big (yep - poor me!) and I never finished or wore them. This time I cut a straight size 10 and the fit is better, but there still is a little bit of bunching in the butt. To remedy this, I took in the inner seam by about half and inch.
Now, the pattern is really easy to follow and the pants do look rather professional. I remember the first time that I sewed this pattern I struggled with the fly zipper (my first) and referred to my vintage, Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing, to get it right. This time I looked over both and it was easier.
Surprisingly, I was able make these pants from just 1.5 meters of stretch linen blend fabric, which I think was 1.4 meters wide. Why did I buy just 1.5 meters?? I don't know, but I've been known to purchase random, small amounts of fabric in the past and forced to make garments from them. To fit all pattern pieces, I cut the waist band lining, pocket lining, pocket facing and tab facing from a nice grey and purple floral quilting cotton, which is a sweet detail I think. You can see it here.
Pattern review available here.