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December 23, 2009

MONTH OF PANTS #3

Just how many times did I try on these pants in the construction process! I wish I had actually kept count.

Originally I committed to three pair of pants for the Month of Pants Sewalong. This my third pair. In my last post I wrote about the trials of picking loose all of the stitched and serged seams. Talk about thread everywhere! I even laid down a big beach towel to catch thread and afterward took it outside and shook it off. I think that work paid off though as you can see here in my third pair. Much, much better than pairs one and two thanks to Gwen. I have minimal wrinkling on the right side. I guess I must have marked the waistband area a little crooked on that side - thus the wrinkles there. I cut into my buttonhole at the waistband (dang), but all and all I don't think they are bad at all. Glad I finally get to say that! I have ALMOST reached total satisfaction! On my next pair I think I'll wait until I have help caulking the waist seam and I know the next pair will be even better. Having this good of result lets me know the technique really works. Sometimes even when I know the answer to fixing a problem I still can't figure out in my head exactly how it's going to work. It's always so nice when it actually works.


Wrinkling on the legs should disappear wearing real shoes

I haven't had cuffed pants in eons so I decided to add them to this pair for variety. Since the sewalong has been extended through January, I plan on making 3 more pair that will, like this pair, have matching jackets eventually.

Only a few more days left to work on my goals. Me and Bessy (my sewing machine) will be traveling tomorrow, and we'll be making PJ's for the four grands while visiting. In addition, I think I'll pack up a couple of things to work on for myself while there to try and knock out a several of my lingering 2009 sewing goals.

Don't think I'll post again until after Christmas so in the meantime, please be safe and enjoy your families!






20 comments:

  1. It looks pretty good to me, just need minimal tweaking

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  2. I can never get pants just right. Keep fighting the good fight! (And Happy Christmas too.)

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  3. Holy cow! Those pants look great - all your hard work is paying off!

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  4. The pants look great! Are you traveling to NC for Christmas? Merry Christmas!

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  5. yea, what Shannon said! Have a great Christmas with your family, Faye, and be careful out there :)

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  6. Looking good! When you get your PP book, you'll see illustrations showing wrinkles and folds and what to do about them. Good sewing gal-I'm so glad you didn't give up! Happy Holidays!

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  7. You are indeed very industrious! Three pairs in one month! Wow!

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  8. Wow, 3 pairs ! and looking good too :-)

    Have a Merry Christmas & enjoy your family visit !

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  9. I've been following your month of pants with interest. I don't have the nerve to try pants yet. Congrats on getting a good fit and Merry Christmas.

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  10. Fabulous pants. HAPPY HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS AND MY WISHES FOR A NEW YEAR, HAPPY, HEALTHY, ETC. ETC.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS FAYE

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  11. Awesome slacks.

    May Peace be with you & your family during this Holiday Season and sending Blessings throughout the year.

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  12. You are indeed very industrious! Three pairs in one month! Wow!

    Work from home India

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  13. Beautiful as usual. Faye, have a Merry, Merry Christmas. God bless you.

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  14. Anonymous12/24/2009

    Those are great - way better than RTW. I love the fabric and the color. I've been watching with interest too because I'm planning to start on pants again after a break of - oohh - twenty years, and I think my shape might have changed!

    Hatty

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  15. They're looking awesome- you're so close! Definitely well worth all the iterations :-)

    merry christmas!

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  16. Great job!! I need to figure out a way to get my pants to fit a little better.

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  17. Great work on your pants! Your fit looks great!

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  18. Your pants look great!!! You are so patient to work on a pattern till you get it right. I do not have this much patience. That's why I sew for little ones who do not have any curves anywhere.

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  19. Your pants look very nice!

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  20. If I could get pants to fit this well, I'd be singing from the treetops! They are lovely, and the fit is so flattering. Congratulations. --Judi

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