Ikea Fabric Dare Pants – aka spring is here!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere we are! When the dare was issued to me by lovely Catja of Gjeometry, I thought I’d make a skirt out of this fabric. But then C. decided to make a skirt, so I’ve decided to make these pants (Vogue 8866, view E). I’ve had very little success with making pants in the past, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try and make it right. It was an agonizing process (more on that later), but so worth it in the end! I wore these last Sunday, when I hosted some family over for Easter dinner/my pre-birthday party. I wore these most of the day, cooked, entertained, and got almost smaaaaaaashed! The pants did beautifully, they survived all the activities! In addition to that, not only they made me feel like spring was almost here, but  I felt like I WAS THE SPRING! No article of me-made clothing, and definitely not RTW clothing made me feel this way! So enjoy some super-fuzzy pictures, taken in front of my my son’s wall art…

See how wide they are? I would never buy pants like that, and here I am!
Back. Now that I see these pics I’m realizing that it looks like one leg is shorter than the other. Could it be?

I had only 2 meters of this fabric (that’s what the pattern called for), left from my previous sewing adventures so matching the print pattern was not an option. The print is very large, as you can see, and there would be an enormous amount of waste in any case. So I tried to concentrate the most flower action on the bottom of the pant legs and include the vertical elements to facilitate the up-down eye movement, rather than having it linger in some ehem, less attention worthy area of my bod, you know what I mean.

Side seams. Even though there’s no pattern matching, I think I tackled the issue well-ish.


Just a warning though, what follows is a lot of crotch shots, many of them unappetizing… All in the name of education.


From left to right:

1. Completely unaltered pattern, doom and gloom, waist predictably too tight, yucky folds running diagonally from the crotch towards the hip. Fitting For Every Figure diagnosis: High Hip Adjustment needed. A-ha! 90% of pants on the market represent this problem for me, and 100% of me-mades (at least the non-athletic ones).

2. I let out all the 4 seams to add more room in the high hip and waist, but then the waist  was way too big, making them drop lower, re-creating the diagonal folds.

3. Took only the side seams in at the waist, and narrowed the hip. Later, I shortened the front crotch by a tiny amount, to get rid of those horizontal wrinkles (picture #3).

4. What folds? What wrinkles?

And the back:


These pictures represent more or less same points in the construction. After adding to the waist, the pants were sitting too low, so I ended up with too much bulk in the back centre seam (pic #2, ugh!). Took that in, resulting in situation pictured with the grey pants (that was my muslin #2). The main difference between that and the finished project was that I narrowed the whole leg from the inside only, so I ended up with less bunching between the thighs.

And just so you can see that it’s me wearing my pants, here is one of me. Wearing the pants. The most flattering picture of about 50 that I took. None of them flattering, since my hairdresser gave me a haircut that was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too short. In general, not flattering at all. Crossing my fingers and toes that it grows out fast.

I promise you’ll get a better picture when the weather is nice enough to take pictures outside. And when my hair is back…

So how about you, dear reader, do you make muslins? How many per garment, if at all?


The long and short of it…

MIA for almost 3 weeks… not good for a rookie blogger. But fear not, Dear Reader, I have not flaked out. I’ve been doing things, but with less zip, due to the offspring’s 2 weeks off from school. Too long…

Inspired by my last blogged project fiasco (Butterick B5785), I’ve been studying. Back in February, I picked up a copy of Fitting for Every Figure by the editors of Threads. With a hypochondriac-like delight, I’ve been diagnosing all the ways in which my body does not correspond to that of a clothing industry standard, pouring over various improvements one can do to her clothes to make them fit better. Oh boy, what did I get myself into? I will be blogging about this highly anxiety-inducing topic at some other time.

I did manage to do a little sewing as well. I finished a skirt, the idea of which I conceived in January (the black number), and worked on a wearable muslin for McCalls M6713. I was hoping it will turn out to be a wearable, the work went along swimmingly, until I got to the bodice fitting. The pattern calls for the use of small raglan shoulder pads, and shoulder pads and I do not get along at all… So I cut off the hump on the shoulder which was meant to house the pad. This helped a bit, but still I was left with a dropped shoulder situation, which does not look good on my body at all… So I thought that maybe I should forget the sleeves and just go with the cute cap-sleeve, but the hole under my arm was just too big… I turned to the book to read about full-figured/full-busted petite adjustments, grumpily decided that this is too much at this time, threw the bodice onto my Can I Save It? Pile, and turned my attention to the skirt. Long story short, I have a long skirt (the black-red one):

Sorry for a crappy picture, working on a better photo location!

So what’s the short number, you ask? Well, I bought this pretty fabric last spring, and had no idea what to do with it.


The textured roses stick out about 1/4 inch, and I was not comfortable with adding that much bulk to any of my of my measurements… Until I realized that some extra dimension in the hip area would actually do nice things to my silhouette. So I made a rectangle, lined it with some bamboo jersey, made 2 darts in the back (did not want too much gathering happening there), added the yoga-pant waistband (hugs the waists so… spanx-like), and voila! Instant curves, kinda! Look!

My offspring made me the flower. Pretty, no? I figured a spring-like prop would be called for on this wintery photo!

So what is next? Working on some pant alternations, hope to have that ready for the next blog entry… But you never know, it could be another skirt… Keep warm people, this spring is………. (feel free to fill in the blank)!