Sunday, April 4, 2010

Trouser Update and My Own Pattern Binge

Seems this was the weekend for pattern bingeing (thanks to Tilly for a great phrase!). Clegs had a $5 pattern sale on this weekend, and I actually think I was quite restrained. Here are my purchases:

Simplicity 2501. Gertie has made this one in a cute polka dot. I love the version that has the waist band that makes it look like it has a peplum.

Simplicity 3673. I love version A. I'm thinking I'll make it in a black matte fabric or a black polka dot.

Vogue 8615. Again, my inspiration for this came from Gertie. I also purchased it as I need to come to terms with the fact I live in Melbourne, where we actually do have winter, and not Queensland anymore, where the weather is blissfully and perpetually hot all year round. Adjustments to my wardrobe are needed.

Now - the trouser update. Here are my issues to date:

  1. I chose the worst possible fabric to make a muslin with. It is some sort of heavy cotton-poly, and, even using a brand new needle, my machine absolutely hates it. The needle would just not go through the fabric when there was more than one layer. I am going to buy some actual muslin to make the test garment with and start again. 
  2. The fly is a new sewing process for me. I attempted it on Saturday, when I been up until 2am, and had a hangover. I rarely drink enough to warrant a hang over, and rarely stay up that late either. I blame my husband, sister, brother-in-law, and my cousin. They were just too fun for words.
  3. Some of the instructions are not very clear. Which I clearly needed them to be on Saturday
So, my plan is:
  1. Buy some muslin to make a test garment with.
  2. Consult some online resources and my sewing guides regarding how to sew a trouser fly instead of just relying on the pattern instructions.
  3. I have also emailed the instructor of the sewing classes that Tessuti Fabrics hosts. I am thinking maybe a formal lesson on how to construct trousers may be a good idea, instead of me sewing them on the fly (hehehe very bad joke, I know). 
So, as I was disappointed with my trouser effort, I've moved onto Vogue 8280 and Colette Rooibos until I get into gear again for trousers. I won't have much to show for a little while though - I am going away for work tomorrow night, and my little bro is visiting next weekend. 

Hope you all had a nice long weekend.


  1. You did well with the patterns Rachel - I went on Saturday and today and bought a about 10 - (I will post pics later.

    I really like the shirt pattern - also, do share if you get any info on a pants making classes...

  2. my gift to you for having a great blog that i enjoy following: The best fly zipper tutorial - in video form

    lore x

  3. Lore, if I could bow down and worship you, I totally would. I just watched the tutorial, and it has completely demystified the process for me! So much easier than the Vogue instructions. Thank you so much.

    I feel much more excited to begin again now!

    Corinne, will look fwd to seeing your patterns. I was only so restrained because my husband was with me! Will let you know if I hear back regarding the classes.

  4. You have great taste in patterns. Not sure where to get Simplicity patterns in the UK, but I've got to find out! Looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

  5. Happy (belated) Easter Rachel.
    Hangovers and instructions - been there, never again. I use "Foolproof Fly Zipper" instructions from Threads Dec 06/January 07 - they are brillant. I am happy to scan it and email it to you. Love your skirts from the previous post.
    Maree (using Maggie's account)

  6. Thanks everyone.

    Tilly - how about online? From the Simplicity site? Also - on ebay there is quite often brand new patterns.

    Maree - that would be excellent, thank you! The video tute Lore linked to was very clear, but I need all the help I can get.

    I agree - hangovers and sewing (esp. sewing something new) is not a good combination. I have learnt my lesson. And happy easter to you too!

    Can't wait to see your tuxedo shirt!

  7. Stoked you liked the video! Its always great to watch a technique being done by a pro. Look forward to you pantsing the world.

  8. You crack me up. Can't wait to see the finished projects.

  9. Oh, that third dress, gorgeous! I can't wait to see your version. I hope the trousers are going well.

  10. Hey Rachel - just letting you know the grey bow tie cotton is back in stock! x