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?

Is there any hope for this fabric hog?

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No, I don’t mean I am the hog. If that were the question, the answer would be NO, I am an utterly hopeless fabric hog. Earlier today, I found myself on Queen and Spadina, so I went in to L.A. Boutique Fabrics, where the white polka dot microfibre that I fondled so tenderly on February 23rd was still there… It was meant to be, so 3 yards of it made it’s way into my bag. On the way out, I noticed this fun black and white knit, and then I touched it… I negotiated with Dennis, who remembered the Toronto bloggers from that Saturday 10 days ago… And I left the store with almost 2 yards of that too (the rayon knit, not Dennis!) Both fabrics feel so delicious and luxurious, they drape so beautifully, and oh, I’m so speechless…  I hardly ever wear patterns, I’ve always been afraid of buying clothes which were not versatile. But now? I can do whatever I want!

What I really meant to ask is this: is there any hope for Butterick B5785, which is such a fabric hog that it’s truly mind-boggling? I was making view B (3/4 sleeve, shirt, not a tunic!), and the envelope called for 4 and a quarter yards! I had 4 meters, cut out most of the pieces, determined that I have enough for a sash if I modify it slightly, and then the adventure started. That was Sunday. Today, Tuesday, I have given up! I have to say it’s quite an idiotic pattern. The way those darts sit right by the stand-up collar, makes it extremely hard to work out the neckline at the back. I must have unpicked the stitches about 5 times. I had to fiddle around with the collar, which felt very restrictive and almost claustrophobic. I got it so stretched out that even staystitching on the neckline did not help keep it together. It was soooooooo frustrating. I played around with the placement of the darts, which helped a bit, but it was too late. Not even mentioning that the arm scythes looked totally whack, and I had so enough of it already! Look!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASee, all that awful bulging around the neck? I am quite sure this kind of neckline would look nice on somebody with a slender, long neck, but that does not apply here… I was a bit sad, because I still liked that pattern. I think that it is pretty and feminine, and the rounded bottom pieces are so nice… But sometimes you have to know when to say when. Sewing is supposed to be fun, but when it becomes such a pain in the neck, time to turn a fresh leaf  to a different pattern and be grateful for a great learning experience (which it was), and for busting 4 meters from the stash! Yey me! And when I let go of the fixation on the neck/collar situation, it came to me that that pattern would look very nice in a knit! I am so excited to try it!

And now, I introduce THE IKEA FABRIC DARE. Catja from gjeometry admitted that she had fabric from Ikea that was untouched, so I issued her a dare to make something wearable out of it. She accepted. She challenged me back to make something from the same fabric, but a different pattern. Deadline is March 31st, the day before my birthday. Vicky, anothersewingscientist, also mentioned about having Ikea fabric, so Catja and I agree that Vicky should be included in the challenge. Vicky, do you read? Do you accept? Not putting you on the spot or anything… Anybody else wants in? You know you want to!

And lastly, here’s me in my January me-made cardi. Since I mostly whined about love of fabric and agonized about unfinished business, here’s something that is done, just like this post.