Added Apr 22, 2012
Brooklyn, New Yo...
These might look like ordinary trousers, but they contain a veritable universe of pain, suffering, hard-won sewing experience—and eventual triumph! Also: polka-dot pockets and a hidden elastic waistband. They’re the first proper pants I’ve made and despite a few imperfections, the most comfortable, best-fitting pair of pants I own.
I took my time, made a muslin, read lots of reference materials, did lots of basting, and ripped out and redid anything that wasn’t quite right. And as I wore them at work for the first time I had this nagging sensation that they were too good to be true… but no. They’re real, and they’re mine! Phew!
I made the size 14 according to my measurements, which seemed to fit in the muslin but ended up having to take the sides in quite a bit in the fashion fabric. Full and exhaustive details on my blog, Polka Dot Overload
Main fabric: soft navy corduroy from my stash. I found it really tricky to cut in layers—it kept sticking to itself, so one leg came out longer than the other and I had to recut in single layers. Pockets and inner waistband: polka dot quilting scraps by Denyse Schmidt from the stash.
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